I found a website that compares the Golden Retriever breed to the Labrador Retriever breed. For the most part, at this point I agree as a general rule, however there are always going to be individual dogs that don't like to follow the rules /grin/
1. They have slightly different bone structure making a Golden have a heavier weight than a lab but a shorter height
2. Labs have a double water resistant coat whereas Goldens have longer thicker hair that tends to be less water resistant
3. Labs tend to have more energetic personalities, along with a more athletic build leading to a higher percentage of muscle tissue, also contributing to a higher energy level.
4. Labs tend to be more active whereas a Golden tends to be more relaxed (again, always exceptions)
(I'm adding on)
5. I find Goldens are more fond of carrying things whereas a Lab wants to retrieve
6. Goldens seem to be more "clingy" than the average lab (again Definitely exceptions)
Here's the link where I found the comparisons http://www.clublabrador.com/differences-between-labrador-retrievers-and-golden-retrievers/
If you know of any other comparisons, please share. Again, not every dog of each breed will fit these.
In another area of interest, the upcoming swap has most people's interest peaked. I'm not joining in on the poll as to who you think I will get as you don't know the pups or their personalities (beyond what we've shared) and that's what the swap is based on. Joy has evaluated the dogs and the raisers and is placing the dogs accordingly to give the pups the best chance to succeed.
I know that many times when the pups go back to for formal training we feel like they're Really ready for it, we've done all we can with the pup and what they need is now beyond us. Right?
This isn't the case with the swap. With Eclipse I feel like I'm just getting to a point where we're beginning to work well together, where I can really read him and his moods/stress levels and such. Where you expect to be with a six month old. That's the thing though, I've done all I can with a six month old? Not likely!
This isn't a complaint, simply a way to show those of you raising for other organizations what I, personally, am feeling.
At the same time, however, I feel that many of Eclipse's issues that would potentially career change him with another organization will be able to be taken care of with another raiser. A change of scenery, handling style, personality type, etc may be all Eclipse needs to find his confidence, lose the stress in public and become an amazing service dog.
It truely is bittersweet. It's so much easier to send "your" dog off to formal training, get a report every week, every month or every couple months than hand "your" dog over to another raiser and see them every two weeks. It will be an absolutely amazing chance to grow, learn and become a better handler, but at the same time, it hurts!
I love Eclipse as all of you know. He's an amazing pup, despite his flaws, and I'm afraid that someone else may not be as sensitive to his personality and fears and end up pushing him too much. Yes, it happens, I've seen it. Not by anyone in our class necessarily but as with everyone, no one knows "your" dog greater than you, right? /wink/
I'm excited to see who graces my life next, although I'm heartbroken to say goodbye to Eclipse. I'll miss his happy dance, his snorts, his froo-froo ears, his laid-back personality and even his excitability (sounds kind of oxymoronish but it's true).
That's all I'm saying about that. I trust the process and look forward to it but needed to express my feelings on it!
Ally & Eclipse