"For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:10 Golden Retrievers need work to do for and with their human companions. You should be training your Golden with a specific purpose in mind. In this way, everyday you spend time with your dog, teaching it skills, shaping behaviors, training it to accomplish tasks that it will use in the "work" you have planned for it to do. That "work" may be a family playmate or companion, an agility competitor, a therapy dog to visit the sick and elderly, a field trial competitor, or a hunting companion.