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I've adopted several Goldens over the years, my current boy when I adopted him, he was 2, he was turned into my County Shelter as a Stray. He was 15-20 lbs. underweight.
I got him into my Vet clinic right away, he received a full examination, was brought up to date on all his shots, had him micro chipped. Vet wanted him to gain at least 10-15 pounds before he was neutered. I have an adoption contract with the County Shelter that required he be altered. I've had him 7.5 years, he's healthy and doing great.
Although he had been turned in as a stray, he belonged to someone at some point in time because he knows basic commands. He's been a really great dog, the easiest one I've had so far. I've never needed to crate him when I leave, he's never torn up anything in the house or outside, doesn't dig, he's never taken anything off the counter such as food and has never gotten into the garbage.
He's always been a very active dog, took him for long walks twice day and played ball with him daily when he was younger, he's 9.5 now. He doesn't require as much exercise as he did when he was younger, still walk him daily. I take him swimming a few times a week, I have a small beach at the end of my street.
Give your new boy some time to settle in, adjust to you and his new home. It may take a week or two so be patient with him.
Hope his Vet check goes well.
ETA: He looks good from what I can see, he doesn't look skinny, he's young and he will fill out as he matures. It's better to keep them on the leaner side for their hips, joints and overall health. His coat will come in more as he gets older also along with the feathering. Put him on a good quality dog food and he should do well.
Last edited by CAROLINA MOM; 08-20-2018 at 08:43 PM.