We have the opportunity to re-home a male one year old golden retriever. Can anyone tell me the pros and cons with this breed?
We are on a farm so space to run is not a problem. He has not been trained much to come when called etc, but is good with children. What are our chances of being able to train him well at this age if he hasn't had a good start?
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31-08-2014 17:09 #1Senior Member
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31-08-2014 17:24 #2
Your chances are great! Golden retrievers are keen dogs and every dog, regardless of age, can be trained.
Really eager to train and learn.
Great for kids and other animals.
31-08-2014 17:31 #3
You have a great chance of training him! They are usually very good motivated so that might help.
31-08-2014 17:42 #4
Oh I would caution though that many retrievers that I know have a very high prey drive which can be a bit challenging with training.
31-08-2014 17:48 #5
We have a male goldie and he can be trained, but is very stubborn! He requires constant training. Our puppy school trainer told us that male goldies are harder to train and more stubborn than females, but not sure if that's true? Its certainly true in our case anyway!
Also goldies tend to be 'puppies' until they are about 3yo - so they will chew everything and be very mischievous and full of energy!
Having said all that, our boy is lots of fun, very affectionate and absolutely LOVES our DS.
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31-08-2014 20:02 #7
You cant go wrong though getting a goldie. They are so loving and smart and loyal. Even when being naughty they are funny and entertaining doing it.
My mums male goldie pulls trees out of her garden and sits there eating the bloody thing. He'll then look at you with this look of proudness on his face. Such a ratbag.
31-08-2014 20:04 #8
My goldie is now 9 months old.
I agree with everything others have said and will add
- soft mouth so no biting even if he did grab our hands early on.
- gentle with kids even though he's a big baby
- easy to train - for most things
- great on the farm
Can be stubborn - I wouldn't trust mine off the lead anywhere except an off lead dog park where he can't escape. Not because he's dangerous but because if he sees a kid or other dog he wants to be friends with , no amount of calling gets him to come back.
31-08-2014 20:32 #9
These posts are really interesting as I agree with everything pp's have said except for the stubbornness. My goldie is almost 2 and a half but is a female. She is the most gentle passive creature on this earth and so well behaved (except for the chewing).
I wonder if stubbornness is a male trait?
31-08-2014 20:34 #10
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