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Our 5 year Golden must have read the book about Golden temperaments--He exhibits every single trait attributed to Goldens.

One that has always puzzled me is his insistence on grabbing a toy, sock, whatever before he greets people. If I call Kyle (his name), he first looks around for a sock or a toy, grabs it and then comes to me. Does this with almost anyone he greets.

Does anyone know why Goldens do this and what they seem to be thinking in doing so? He doesn't drop the sock, toy as he comes to us, he just keeps it in his mouth. Often he will grab 2 or 3 items--a couple of socks, a toy and again just come over and keep them in house mouth.
 

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LOL that is my Caue! I have no idea where it stems from but he always greats me bearing gifts. It is usually shoes or slippers but he has to have something to welcome me home.
 

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Aww, my Eli that I lost a few months ago always did that, but only for me. Whenever I came in the door he would grab his nearest toy and come to me. If there were none to be found he would frantically search all over the house to find something, anything!! It was one of my favorite traits about him and I miss it so. When I went to get him as a puppy his daddy was on the premises and he did it too, went and grabbed a huge fallen tree branch and drug it over to me. Guess he passed the trait on.
 

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Bringing gifts. I like that explanation. No doubt its a sign of affection. But I still don't quite get it.

I started another thread about how our dog exhibits all the breed specific traits of Goldens and how my other dogs (this is our first Golden) didn't seem to have such strong inate characteristics that their breed might be known for.
 

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My Maggie brought us presents all the time. If she couldn't find a toy, she'd grab the dish towel. I gave up many year ago worrying about germs on the dish towels.
 

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Both my golden boys do this. The more things they can find to shove in their mouths to greet me the better! It is so cute!
 

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Gibby does this with every visitor (with DH and me, too) that comes in the door. He also makes whiney sounds while holding the toys in mouth.
 

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I think they do it because they were bred to retrieve. When I come home from work mine scrabbles around looking for something to bring outside to potty with him. He holds it while he pees, then runs around the yard and plays with it. Too cute.
 

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My Butters does this exact same thing. Koda doesn't though. Butters does it for greetings and also when he gets excited (just in general).

Tennis balls are his gift of choice, but socks are always second best :doh::doh:
 

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I have three goldens and only one does it. My last golden Beau did the same thing. And one time when he lost most of his vision he started to grab the cat thinking it was his toy on the floor. The cat didnt think it was funny but we did. And she was fine. Just slobbered on.
 

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Tucker does this all the time, especially when DH comes home from work. Before he actually goes over to greet him, he looks for the nearest toy, whether it be a tennis ball, stuffed toy, or a bumper. The other day he couldn't find any toys nearby, so he went and grabbed his blanket from his kennel and dragged it over to him. :doh:
 

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my golden does this

Our 5 year Golden must have read the book about Golden temperaments--He exhibits every single trait attributed to Goldens.

One that has always puzzled me is his insistence on grabbing a toy, sock, whatever before he greets people. If I call Kyle (his name), he first looks around for a sock or a toy, grabs it and then comes to me. Does this with almost anyone he greets.

Does anyone know why Goldens do this and what they seem to be thinking in doing so? He doesn't drop the sock, toy as he comes to us, he just keeps it in his mouth. Often he will grab 2 or 3 items--a couple of socks, a toy and again just come over and keep them in house mouth.
my golden will pick up a toy to greet people she will search aroun d the rhouse till she finds one then she will greet the person who has come in making a kinda crying sound. i think its just the fact that they are goldens and there instinct is to retrieve to there people. also my golden will try to fit as many toys in her mouth as possible to try and please a bit more. if you take it off her she will only go get another toy till she is carmed down. its really cute!!
 

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My Duke is only part golden and he does this. I have always thought of it as bearing gifts. My purebred golden doesn't do it though.
 

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My Daisy does it all the time she just has to greet you or anyone at the door with a toy my old Meg was the same as well.
 

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Oliver, my cocker mix I had growing up was really into stuffed animals. He'd take a quick look at whoever was at the door and then go tearing through the house to find the right "baby" to bring to them. He was a great judge of character.
 

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Shadow does this, too. Tucker doesn't. Shadow will not leave the bedroom in the morning to head downstairs until he has something in his mouth. I'm missing a few left shoes!
 
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