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I live about 10 minutes east of Saint Paul. FTGoldens posted a link to a field network list that was very helpful. I found a club that's not too far (Northern Flight Hunting Retriever Association) that sounds like they work with both the owners and dogs which seems like a great experience. Day training with a pro sounds like exactly what I'm looking for if it's something I'm able to afford (I get that services from professional trainers isn't something any good trainer can just gives away but I definitely have a budget.) As I've said before though I do have the time and desire to learn and work with my dog. Sadly Boone is just coming up on being 4 months old and is starting to teethe like mad so some training will need to wait a bit but I'm hoping he'll get his adult chompers quickly since I will have a lot more extra time than usual from December up until some time in March and I think it would be a good opportunity to dedicate that extra time work with him. On the bright side I've never met a dog that had too much obedience training so until all his permanent teeth are in this will be a good opportunity for more obedience work.
Back on a subject from earlier in this thread I don't think soft (though it definitely is sometimes the case) is the word I'd use to describe the differences I tend to notice in Goldens vs. Labs. In those cases I think sensitive and often dramatic would usually be a more accurate description but approaching the training of a dog thinking that they need to be mollycoddled will increase the likelihood that the dog runs the trainer rather than the trainer running the dog, especially in the case of a more intelligent dog. In my opinion the case of a Golden who is too smart for their own good (or sometimes for the trainer's own good) seems to be a more frequent and problematic issue than simply having a "soft" Golden.
Last edited by Boondocks; 11-12-2018 at 02:42 PM.