Hey Hey. I also just bought my first golden (also my first dog) for my wife for Christmas. I know that she really wanted a golden, so I decided to surprise her with one. I was a little bummed because I was looking forward to training a lab or a boykin to duck/dove hunt with me. Do any of you have golden's that you hunt with? I realize they have the ability to hunt, I have just never seen one in the dove field or duck blind. Thanks, and I'm sure I'll have many more questions when we get the dog on 12-23.