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For the kitchen and living room - do you mean you never want him in those rooms for his whole life? Or just as a puppy? If it's his whole life, you have chosen the wrong breed. They are people-oriented and want to be with their people all the time. Those are two rooms where families spend most of their time.
If you mean just while you are training as a puppy - much easier. You can baby gate off any rooms you don't want him in, where you can't supervise, where you have carpet, 100% of the time while he's a puppy. Usually by the time he is soldily house trained and beyond the destructive phase, he'll be about 8-9 months old, and when you introduce those rooms, he will probably not do anything. You will know when he's housetrained (probably solid by 6 months or so) and once he is not chewing (probably around 8 months) so you make the decision of when to start expanding his world (under supervision).
Insurance is a decision that you have to make for yourself. If your dog is from a breeder who did not do proper health clearances, I would get it for sure. But Goldens are also very prone to cancers, even if they come from great breeders who do all the clearances, and that can be very expensive (think $10,000++). I have catastrophic accident/illness insurance (ie. it does not cover wellness, spay/neuter, etc). There are several options in Canada that you can look into. I have Trupanion and have been really happy with them.
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