Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Crested Butte, CO
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I so agree with the comments already provided. Our Brody is just shy of 7 months by days, so we're pretty close to the same age as your pup. BTW, what's her name?
Brody is our second Golden, so we have been through the puppy stage twice. I especially agree with the comments about this breed being a sporting dog that has years of retrieving bred into them.
Getting or having a GR puppy is like adding a baby to your family that at 8 months is now into the toddler stage. Since you have younger children you already know how much trouble they can get into. Just yesterday, my wife took off a pair of shoes after getting home. Fortunately, they were an old pair of sandals. Brody got hold of one and chewed it up pretty good. Our bad for not anticipating this before it happened. Even though it was our fault for letting shoes lay around, we disciplined Brody by showing him the chewed shoe and then held the shoe in front him while saying Bad dog! This is not yours...We used a firm voice, but we never hit our dog. A GR has such a desire to please that they can tell when you're not happy with their behavior.
That said, if you don't want something destroyed, pick everything up and put stuff away until your dog learns what is hers and what is not. Keep lots of safe toys around as already mentioned. We also use beef bone shanks. The bone marrow is healthy for your dog, and the bone is hard enough that rarely will your dog be able to break the bone, though this can happen. If your girl breaks the bone shank in half, immediately throw it away so she doesn't try to swallow a piece of bone.
The only other comment I have is one that I think so applies to a GR. A tired dog is a good dog! There is a huge difference in a dog that has been exercised to being tongue hanging tired vs. one that isn't getting enough of real exercise. Letting your girl get a good run once a week isn't enough. I understand you have challenges with younger kids and the area where you want to take your girl. If possible try to find a new safe location where you can take her for a good run daily.
While all dogs are a bit different, we can always tell when Brody has pent up energy. He will start running like a wild animal in the house. Or, when we first go outside with him on his lead, he will pull hard on the lead, but after he gets a little tired, he will stop pulling as hard. By the time we run him good, and then put him back on his lead, he doesn't pull at all.
Other than the comments about teaching your pup right from wrong and obedience classes, my suggestion is to put more time into exercising your girl to expel all that pent up energy. I hope this was helpful.
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