Ok, I'm not trying to be funny, rude, or insensitive.
I have a nearly 3 year old golden retriever, and I'm just wondering if its a possibility that he is "challenged"?
When he was a pup he was my friends dog and was terribly treated. They would rarely walk him or even let him out into the tiny back-yard, had a feeding schedule that was borderline cruel, and to top it off would regularly smoke cigarettes and pot with him in the room.
When I moved into a home that would comfortably house 2 big dogs (I already had a chocolate lab) I went to my friends and basically took his dog, I couldn't handle seeing him treated the way he was, and my friend who was obviously not ready for a dog didn't object much.
So that all being said, Ziggy (golden retriever) is by far the most... interesting dog I have ever encountered.
He knows his name and can perform simple commands (sit, lay, stay, come) even opens a partly closed door with his paw instead of nudging with his nose. I can't really explain all the weird little things he does to make me think he is challenged, just he will take a long time to respond to things, is constantly walking into things, and will stare at seemingly nothing for a long time.
maybe he is just weird, I don't know, but he has an amazing amount of love and desire to be loved. He is a great dog and I am happy to give him a good life, just wondering if its possible for him or dogs in general to be mentally retarded?