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Hello! DH and I are researching dog breeds, and I found this site in my internet searching. I'd like to hear about experiences raising Goldens and learn more about their needs.

More about us: I am stay at home and my husband works. We own our own home on about an acre in the country. We both were raised with dogs, but this will be our first one (we're both in our late 30's, no kids).

My biggest concern is exercise, and what all of the books say "moderate" means. We walk for 1.5 miles every day, and I'm home to entertain/walk as well during the day. My MIL has had Goldens for years, and they (the people in the home) are even less active than we are.

Any advice would be appreciated!
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Hi & welcome. Glad you're considering a golden. I've had dogs all my life but Charlie is my first golden. I am at home with him all day everyday. The only bad thing about it is that I don't get any work done cause I'm playing with him all day, and hanging here
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Welcome to the forum!!! You two sound like the perfect golden loving coulpe.
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Sounds like you have a wonderful home for a Golden to call home (or, really, any dog for that matter... but we're somewhat GR-biased around here). A 1.5 mile walk is great for a Golden (although, if you get a puppy it might be a little much at first). In addition to the walks, that acre of property will be a wonderful asset in excercising your pup. Just invest in a tennis ball launcher (they make all sorts-- sling shot type things and something resembling a small plastic lacross stick) and you'll have one happy golden on your hands... again, this is something the dog will need to grow into a little, it's much easier to tire a young pup. Best of all, Goldens love to be around their people... and with you spending much time at home, your dog will be in heaven.

As you peruse the boards you'll see both the wonderful and challenging aspects of owning this breed. There is also a ton of information about how to find a responsible breeder, and there is a great community of people who will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Welcome to the forum and good luck in your puppy search!

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Welcome. I'd also like to encourage you to consider adopting a dog (they're typically available in a range of ages) from a rescue group. There are many, many wonderful dogs in need of good homes. Goldens love to be with 'their' people, and it sounds as if you will have lots of time to share with a dog. This forum is a great source of information, so we're happy you have joined us.
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I live right next door to you in Franklin!

I have a 15 month old, he comes from confirmation show lines as compared to the field lines. The field lines tend to be more active.

I was scared about the same thing about Brady being too active. He plays a lot with the kids in the yard, gets a lot of his excercise that way, and I can always tell when his "golden retriever cousin" Wallace comes to play, because in the evening he is much quieter.

I sign him up for courses occasionally at MasterPeace in Franklin, and the lessons also keep him busy and stimulated. They also have play groups there.

If you walk that much already, I don't get to walk Brady as much as I should, and along with keeping his mind active, and playtime in the yard you should be okay.

We do have some bad days, but as he gets older we are having a lot of good ones. Oh, by the way, as active as Goldens are, they are also the best couch potato snugglers.

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Wow! You guys are great! Thanks for all of the quick responses!

Does anyone know about Yukon Goldens in Millis or Lazy Daze Goldens in Uxbridge (we met her at a dog show last year at the Bayside Expo)?

I was told by someone to look for breeders who have dogs in service/therapy dog work to find calmer lines. Is this true?

I've heard of MasterPeace in Franklin and want to do obedience training there when the time comes.....
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Glad to have you here on the forum. It sure sounds like a golden would be a perfect addition to your family. They are great loving pets who will make you laugh everyday. Raising a pup is a love/hate thing with most people. It is a lot of fun having a little pup but also a fair amount of work/time to do the potty training and constant watching for chewing.

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Hello and welcome,
Sounds like you are a great potential golden owner. Walking the distance each day is good exercise for him when he/she is older and playing during the day is enough exercise. Cant wait to see your new puppy. You will be hooked from day one.

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