I signed up with this site some time ago, but this is my first post. Jake is my 5 month old GR. I got him from a breeder when he was 7 weeks old. At 5 months, he's already over 60 pounds, so he's going to be a big guy! Tonight was our 6th week of an 8-week obedience training class. I was dreading it because after a wonderful start, last week Jake acted like he had no idea what we were doing and he fought me for the entire 90 minutes. I was totally baffled and frustrated, as we have two practice sessions a day at home, plus long walks both mornings and evenings. As we walk, we can practice the heeling, stopping, "leave it", etc. And he does so well with all of this, I couldn't figure out what his problem was last week. But tonight, he must have decided this was fun after all, because he did everything right. I was a very proud mom! I love this puppy to pieces, but I've got to admit, a Golden Retriever pup is a 24/7 job! He has more energy than I could have ever imagined. Thank goodness for crates! Fortunately he likes his "den" - makes life easier for us both. Anyway - hello to everyone here. I have enjoyed reading all the posts.