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IM really glad you came to this realization. A lot of conformation golden owners tend to treat their dogs with kid gloves and it is frustrating to me. As if field goldens are some sort of brute of a dog that can handle massive consequences while they are training because they are some wild beasts and need it. ON the flip side it is as if "fluffies" can only handle things "dumbed" down and less demanding as to not to upset the dog. They are smart no matter which side of the fence they are on and can both be masters of manipulation.
Train according to the dog you have which sounds like you have figured out! Push him to his limits not to some preconceived idea that he can only run short distances or whatever. If he is that talented it would be wonderful to see a pretty boy get qualified all age!