“Oh yes, you can leave the puppy alone all day, but at what cost? As the puppy grows it will become stronger and more active; it will also become bored and will begin to while away the time by chewing up anything that is available. You’ll return tired from work and find messes and puddles all over the place and perhaps the leg of a chair half eaten through. You will blame the puppy and you will be wrong; it is you who will be at fault. How can the puppy know any better if you haven’t been there to teach it? These are, of course, the ignoramuses who will return to a scene such as I have described, tired and irritable, and will grab the unfortunate puppy, rub its nose in the mess, push its mouth up against the chewed furniture, smack it and throw it out into the garden. The poor little thing hasn’t a clue why it has been treated so harshly; it cannot correlate the action with its misdemeanour of quite possibly some hours before, but it will quickly learn that its owner is not a very nice person and is to be avoided whenever possible.”

— The Complete Guide to the Golden Retriever by Michael Twist (1988), Chapter 1: Recollections and Food for Thought, page 4.  (via dontstopretrieving)