He's a nice looking boy. <B
Yes - he needs a trim! But I think he's got a nice head and nice overall look. He's a nice boy.
If it's OK - the pics are my opinion on what you need to do to.
Use thinning shears (yellow) under and in front of the ears to clean up the fluff. Just bring that back to the ears. You can thin pretty close behind and under the ears (out of sight).
Use straight edge shears on the back edge of the ears. You can use thinning shear there if you aren't comfortable trimming one straight line close to the ear leather.
Front legs, brush the feathers straight down and trim even with the dog's heel-pad. Straight edge shears.
Front and back feet - don't overstress about trimming the feet. Straight edge shears. You are just trimming around the pads. That's it. There's some shaping to be done on the top of the foot to create a rounded look, you can do that with the thinning shears - but practical sense is just trim shag back to the pads going around the foot. If you use the pads as a guide, you won't do too much mess to the foot.
Back hocks - Oh my word! That's some serious shag.
Use a metal comb to comb that out into a straight line. With dog's foot planted and hock straight up and down. And trim a straight line. Most people leave like 1/2-1" length. Straight shears.
Tail - twist the feathers around and around and hold the tail so there is at least 2-3 fingers closed between the tail tip and your shears. With most dogs, this is the correct length. You can check it by bringing the tail down and your fingers should be in line with the hock. Trim. Shake the tail out then and you should be able to see a nice shape to the tail already... and most people just trim the odd hairs.
Neck - I'd use a stripper if you have one. You just want to thin that bulk out. This stars from behind the ears and going back down over the chest. You can use thinning shears, but sometimes you can tell the dog's neck has been trimmed.
Grooming goldens - it's something that has golden people freaking out about it but it's pretty basic.
Again - really nice looking boy<: