Every dog needs to have some basic manners in order to be an enjoyable family pet. Golden Retrievers are no exception to this rule. It's never too early to start training a Golden. A Golden with good manners is a welcome guest and a polite companion at home and on the street. A dog that responds to basic obedience commands, like sit, down, come, stay, and leave it, is a joy to live with. The benefits of a well-trained dog are endless.