Hi all, my pup is now 5.5 months old, and she can't seem to settle down. We've done training classes which she aced (and acted so chill and relaxed), and goes on hour long walks daily. This is my boyfriend and my first golden, but have had/trained dogs before her.
She has numerous different chews, and toys around the house but will not just relax and settle down with us....... I'm not sure what else we can do? We'd love nothing more than to just be able to sit on the couch with her while she slept or had her bone, but every time we sit down with her, she'll bite us, jump around, etc....We just want to be able to sit on the couch or in bed with her without being bruised, etc! I'm kind of at a loss here...
Your adorable girl is 100% normal for a Golden puppy. Even though you've had other dogs, you've never raised and been responsible for a growing Golden Retriever. It's a whole different thing.
1) A walk is great exercise for your grandmother, but not for a healthy, growing sporting dog. She needs a good 30 minutes of aerobic exercise that leaves her tired and panting every day of the week. Good ways to do this are puppy play dates with another very nice young dog of a similar breed and age. Network, friends, neighbors, co-workers etc. to find a NICE dog. It will make a difference. Also, Get outdoors and practice her recall on a long line, ping pong back and forth between you and your bf increasing the distance between you gradually. Places like baseball fields, church green, kids soccer fields etc. where you won't have distractions. Getting a solid recall opens up a whole world of opportunity. When the weather improves, swimming is a fantastic way to exercise a dog. Building a very solid, working retrieve would be excellent for her. DVD Sound Beginnings by Jackie Mertens can teach you how to do it. This is the best thing you could do for her, because it will be an easy way to exercise her for life.
2) I hate to disappoint you, but if you and your boyfriend both work a traditional 8-5 schedule, you have given up your couch time for the next couple of years. If she sleeps 8 hours over night and is alone 8 hours during the day (I'm guessing here) then the evenings are her time. People with puppies and toddlers do not get free time to sit and do nothing. Take her places after dinner to socialize or run errands, enroll in more classes. A smart and athletic GOlden should be in classes and exploring dog sports like tracking, agility, retrieving etc.
Start making sure she's had daily aerobic exercise and then some games and training. THen put her on a leash and make sure she starts learning a "settle" command. DO a youtube search for 'kikopup' and teach her to "go to place" and settle with a bone on a mat or dogbed. THen she goes to place while you watch a 30 minute show. If she is tackling you all in bed or on the couch, crate her so you can have some peace. This shouldn't be permitted.
Start playing games indoors, put her on a down/stay and hide a favorite toy or one of you people hide. THen release her to find the toy or the person with her nose. This works great for rainy days. IT was my first GOlden's favorite game
Please get into a hobby or sport of some kind with her. She looks like an absolute doll. If you don't, I promise you will look back on her in decades to come with regret. Most Goldens are very bright, but not all can do puppy class and "ace it" and be "chill". That tells us that she has focus and some working ability. That is a gift that not all GOldens have , especially so young. When you've had more dogs in the future you will realize how smart and unique she was and that she had unlimited potential to do so many things if only you'd trained for it. Don't miss out on this chance with her, she sounds special and you will only get to do puppyhood once with her. Get up and get enrolled in classes, contact local GOlden club or obedience club and try to find a mentor to take you under their wing with her. I promise you won't be sorry.