He has graduated from puppy and advanced puppy class but we havent kept up on the training like we should have and he has definitely become stubborn and not as quick.
Is there any way you can start up again? There's nothing better for surviving the adolescent periods and bringing a great companion Golden out the other side than developing more and more of a working relationship together.
Also, he seems to do better with me than my husband. Is that normal for male goldens? I don't know why but Edgar just listens to me a lot better and quicker.
This is common, but it's nothing you can't overcome. A man's lower voice is simply more intimidating to a dog. We can speak in pitches much closer to dogs' warning growls for each other. Be firm, and when you do need to use your voice to provide a negative for the dog, pitch it as low as you can.
I have another question, what do you reccomend for us to do when guests come to visit me and the baby. Edgar does well with not jumping on me and my husband because he knows better, but he absolutely LOVES company because he thinks he can get away with whatever he wants and gets very very hyper.
What can we do to enforce the no jumping? What would you reccomend to do in these situations?
Get a couple of friends with a good sense of humor to help you by practicing a controlled visit. Teach them exactly what you do to stop Edgar from jumping and have them behave exactly as you do. It'll help if Edgar is nice and tired before you practice. I favor an ignoring method, where a jump from the dog makes the guest fold his arms and turn to face the wall, like a statue. Guests only come back to life when the dog behaves. Once you've done some practice, prepare your "real" guests before they come over so they can help train. Most people have a really good sense of humor about it. Once he realizes that all visitors will make jumping not fun in exactly the same way, he'll probably stop trying and offer a different behavior, like sitting. Reward that with attention and maybe a little treat.
It can also help to ask your guests to ignore the dog for the first few minutes they're there so arrivals are a little less exciting.