If there is one thing Goldens like to do, it’s chew!  They will chew on anything and everything they can get their paws on.  Rawhide bones and chew toys will help your Golden Retriever satisfy his or her need to chew.  Unfortunately, Goldens have very strong teeth and jaws and will go through bones in a very short period of time.  So if this is your choice for keeping your dog away from your furniture, shoes and anything else you own, be sure and stock up.

Another idea is to get a large, thick sock, fill it with ice cubes, tie several tight knots and place it in the freezer.  When your friend starts to chew on non-acceptable items, pull the sock out and let him enjoy!  Keep an eye out when the sock is in use, because your dog could chew through it and get sock lodged in his throat.  Never leave him unattended.

Golden Retrievers also love to run, so start off early teaching him activities like fetch.  It’s a great form of exercise and can be a great deal of fun for both of you.  Running, fetching and other physical activities will help him use up some of that energy and help him to concentrate on objects.

Helping him concentrate on objects goes to the root of the breed.  Goldens, by nature, are active in hunting, herding and search and rescue, you could say this is their niche.

Signing your dog up for training classes is the best thing anyone can do for their dog’s obedience, social skills and basic commands.  These classes will teach your dog correct behavior and how to break bad behavior.  There are trainers that can help you with your particular breed if you wish your dog to herd, search, rescue or hunt.

I have several posts that go into the various levels of dog training, you should read .  There’s a great deal of information on the various levels from Puppies to Basic to Intermediate to Advanced.

Some Goldens like to dig and could make quite a mess of your yard.  Get creative and find a place that is just for him to dig in.  One cleaver idea is a sand box or a small children’s pool filled with sand.  Then take a favorite toy or a bone and bury it in the sand.  He will spend a good amount of time retrieving your hidden object!  At some point, he will automatically go to his sandbox or pool, as this is acceptable to do.

Golden Retrievers are extremely intelligent dogs and possess a gentle disposition.  They are great with children and posses a very sweet personality.  Yet, like all dogs, they do need to learn right from wrong.  The earlier in their lives that you can get them into a good training class, the better.

As puppies, Golden Retrievers and Labs can bring your patience to the breaking point.  Don’t let that happen!  They are very inquisitive, energetic puppies, allow them to learn through training courses, or if you are good at training then start him off as soon as possible.

You will never regret it because as they age they truly are loyal, noble dogs!

If you are interested in reading up on the levels of Dog Training, I have them listed below for your convenience:

Puppy Pre-School
Basic Dog Training
Intermediate Training
Good Citizen Training


Dog Years: A Memory
Merle’s Door
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