Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: British Columbia
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We took in a rescue much like your story except he's a boy. He was living in a 6x10 cage outside for the first year and a few months of his life.
Long story short, its been wonderful, one of the best decisions we've made. He was a bit worried and scared at first, but after a few weeks he had opened up and became comfortable and happy in his surroundings. The first week or so, honestly, you'll probably be questioning your decision a bit, but once everyone gets settled and after reading countless articles and googling every odd thing your new dog does, you'll wonder how you managed before without having her.
Potty training, crate training etc has actually been pretty smooth. goldens love to please, which makes training so easy - not to mention if you do end up running into problems you'll find obedience trainers ready and able to help out.