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I agree with Megora, the grass ripping is not unusual at all...we see it quite frequently here at our dog park. Some adolescent retrievers and retriever mixes start sod ripping together, who knows why. I would not be concerned.
Nipping is a normal Golden thing. My arms still frequently have bruises from my 8 y.o. girl in addition to my 5 month old pup. There are quite a number of techniques for getting dogs to stop chewing on their humans. I don't mind the chewing as the have been trained to chew on sleeves of certain coats.
Resource Guarding is an issue to work on. However, I have a hard time imagining how not being with the mother after 3 1/2 weeks would cause it.
Most pups are being weaned at about 4 weeks, and although it is best if the pups can spend a lot of time with their mothers, the mothers frequently don't want to spend that much time with their pups (sharp teeth). Every day spent with mom is important, but I imagine some of these issues are innate and not die to Mom leaving at 3 1/2 weeks.
Carolyn (A.K.A. Aunt Care) and
Creekwood Tanglefoot Selchie CD, RN, AX, AXJ, CGC, CCA, (A.K.A. Selli-Belle) Golden
Valentine Byrd McDuff (A.K.A. Duffy) Golden/Sheltie
Tanglefoot Autumn Dexter CGC (My Heart Dog at the Bridge) Golden