In general, which breed is calmer and easier to train -- labs or goldens? Our labs have always been pretty laid back. We could leave them loose in the house for short periods of time without worrying about them. Then we got Amber, our golden. She is eleven months now and still as much a puppy as when we got her [except the biting is past]. She is smart enough and learned commands like sit and come in no time. But she is constantly on the move and has to check everything with her mouth. No paper is safe -- she will shred it instantly. Sofa pillows are her personal property, to be carried to her favorite den behind my recliner. I'm sure she knows better but does these things so I'll chase her to retrieve them. She loves to fetch so she must think I like to retrieve, too. If all goldens are like this, they are not for old codgers like me.