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Golden Retriever puppies, we cannot help their lovable charms. He could look so angelic the moment you took him home but wait for a few days and he will become your worst nightmare, a nonstop chewing machine. Sounds scary? There is always a solution.

Puppies love to explore, and they do this using their mouths. Not just that, they chew when they are bored, feel lonely or when the gums ache because of teething.

They do not have any preference on what they feel like mouthing on or chewing. It can be your cordless phone, your plush pillows, carpet and even your used socks.  They don’t care about the price, the value, appearance or the smell of what they will chew on. They will just chew whenever they want to.

This is when puppy-proofing helps. Puppy-proofing is making your home safe for your pup and making the pup safe for your home. It is a must before taking home your new Golden puppy.

When you puppy-proof you have to remove all enticing, fragile, chewable and choking objects ahead of time. You simply have to keep them out of your puppy’s reach just to be safe from trouble. You have to lock restricted rooms, storage for household chemicals and cupboards. You have to cover all wires and cables with tape. You should spray bitter apple on your furniture and appliances. You have to keep all your clothes, shoes, laundry, blankets, table runners and children’s toys out of your puppy’s sight.

There is no use punishing your pup. He will not understand what harm he has done after chewing your $500 worth Oriental carpet. Neither can you be punished for not keeping this thing away prior his arrival.

You can always give your pup an option by buying him less expensive chew toys rather than your expensive belongings. When you catch him chewing on your property, do not pull the object away from his mouth. Entice him with the chew toy instead. This should be readily available when he arrives for him to learn to chew on the right things at an early age.

Simple obedience commands like sit, no and drop it helps a lot too. That is why it is a must to teach these to your dog a day after he arrives. Enrolling him in obedience classes will surely enhance his behavior. Keeping him busy with activities, play and toys will lessen his destructive chewing.

There is always a solution your puppy’s chewing problem and there is no better way you can do that by starting now.


After new owners adopt Golden Retrievers, one important thing that they have to learn is to help the dog adjust to his new home. It may take two weeks or longer to some until he becomes fully adapted. These two weeks or more play an important factor on how you and your dog will get along. This is your start to build a lifelong relationship.

It may not be easy at the start. Your new dog is in a new home, were there are new people, new surroundings and new rules that need to be followed. The place is far different from the cages and kennels that he wakes up with everyday. The sounds are different, quieter than the usual barking of other dogs that he used to hear. The smell is far better, with a meal being cooked in the kitchen compared to the foul smell of dogs whose bathing sessions are overdue.

Your new dog may have mixed emotions. From excitement knowing that he is finally in a loving home. He may be afraid being away from his so-called home for the last five months. Expect him jumping out of excitement, accidents because he doesn’t know yet where he should potty, exploring and chewing on things and a little bit of howling at night time.

That is why it is important to prepare everything and everyone even before you take him home. Buy his essentials, read dog care books, educate the family and puppy proof your home. When he comes home, it is necessary that he should be on leash to make sure that you will be able to supervise all his actions.

His first day is the start of establishing new rules and schedules. Before taking him in, introduce his potty spot, show him his crate, toys and the new people that he will interact with everyday. Make sure he has his chew toys to avoid chewing on your belongings.

Create a schedule to help him adapt and set rules that everyone must follow. No tug of war, wrestling or jumping. There is only one potty spot. Do not give scrap food. Do not yell at the dog. Do not entice or tease the dog to be aggressive.

Enroll him to obedience class and make sure to socialize your dog. Establish yourself as the alpha lead and play games that will build leadership. Do not let your new dog wander around the house off leash and never leave him unattended. You’ll never know what he is capable of doing while you’re away.

Be consistent with training, schedule, rules, discipline and reinforcement. Always praise and reward your dog for good deeds and right behavior. Make sure you give rewards on the right time and avoid unintentional approvals for bad behavior.

In all cases, be patient. No dog is perfect and he may commit mistakes from time to time. But as long as he feels loved and cared for, it won’t take too long until he becomes adjusted to your home. And he will forever show gratitude for your kindness to welcome him in your home and hearts.