Still, does it happen that things go fairly well, that itís nice to get a puppy (all in all) and not an exhausting torment? And how often does that happen compared to ďhelp, this is terrible!Ē (if you know what I mean)
I haven't commented on this post. I too read many of the "aggressive puppy posts" and either roll my eyes or laugh depending on the day. I've owned many Golden's over the years, trained to various degrees. I have loved every single one, although I can say that my relationship with each one has been different. Currently I have Duke, he's just the light of everyday. I also have Moe, he's the light of my husbands day. I also love Moe, he's my laughter during the day and Duke is sort of my steadfast companion. I can honestly tell you that everyone has a day here and there that they question their sanity when raising and training a Golden puppy. The difference for me is that I enjoy EVERYDAY of it. If something is wrong in the training process I analyze WHAT I'M DOING WRONG. It's not the puppies fault to me, it's my responsibility to teach it what I expect. In my opinion you get out of owning a Golden what you are willing to put into it.
Yesterday I had a person come to the house and both dogs were running in the yard. They came and sat at each side of me and waited for me to open the gate to the fence and let them in. They know to come to me and sit if a car is in the driveway. They also know that they go in the fence while the person is there, unless it's someone that I know enjoys them. The women commented on how well they were behaved and I just said thanks. She went on to tell me how horrible labs are. My son has labs and I help with their basic training as well. Everything she said the labs do a Golden will do too. It's all about the time your willing to spend training them. Now, I'm not a lab person, but that's a whole different conversation. She also commented on how nice it is when they get "old enough to behave", Moe is 17 months old. Duke is older and white faced so I think she just assumed they were both older.
There are a few times in life that I don't think even the best of us should get a puppy. My number one time is when you have a new baby, or are planning on having one. It can just be overwhelming and normally in my opinion it will be the puppy training that suffers. That being said, I did that too. I made it through it, but it wasn't my best moment and I was definitely exhausted.
If you get a Golden puppy your life will change. You will loose some sleep. It will interrupt your favorite TV show 4 times to be walked and then not pee when you take it out. It will annoy you, but you will laugh over it (I hope). Moe had a thing for biting the toe part of my flip flops off. Not in a long drawn out fashion, just one quick bite and they were trash. I looked at it like it was my fault for leaving them by the door and started working on "leave it" immediately. Crate training will be your new hobby. You will spend more hours wandering aimlessly around your yard then you ever have before, and you will fall helplessly in love with your new addition if you do everything right.
Read the horror stories on here and then think about how you would train to correct the behavior. Read the answers the knowledgeable people on here leave and bank that information away for when it applies to you. There is nothing better then owning a Golden if you go into it with your eyes open. Make sure you have the 4 core clearances. I would suggest posting the registered names on here and letting the experts provide some advice on litter selection. I've been doing this a while and still feel there insight is invaluable. Don't get in a hurry!! Be certain you are willing to take on the financial obligation of raising a healthy puppy too. Duke never had an unexpected vet visit until he was over 7 years, Moe I choose not to keep track of what I've spent on.
If your on here doing the research ahead of time you will probably be fine. It's the people that see me out with my dogs and assume that Golden's just naturally behave that way from birth that end up in trouble. Also know that Duke is like old reliable, professionally field trained, etc.... Today I had a Heating and AC crew working at my house and he decided to jump the fence to investigate what they were doing. I was outside and it wasn't a big deal, other then he knows better, but no matter how well trained, or how old they will keep you on your toes. I actually secretly enjoyed the idea that he could still pull it off.