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Vicky wrote at 2006-11-29 22:45:24
My golden is 4 now and we got at her 7 weeks.  She was very energetic and still is.  They grow out of somethings but the biggest thing to understand is that in most of these cases they're just looking for attention.  My golden has gotten to the point where she won't jump on anyone but me it has nothing to do with her wanting to be the Alpha although many will tell you that is the case she jumps up because she wants a hug, she wants her belly rubbed and she wants to play.  It took me a while to learn that she comes first.  When I get home from work I make sure that the first thing I do is play with her sometimes will throw around a frisby other times go for a walk, or just take a baseball and hit it a few times.  I wear her out until she's satisfied and happy then I can go inside and she'll relax.  When she knows that she is my priority she behaves.  Goldens naturally want to be your companion they want to be all over you almost all the time.  My golden has gotten to the point where she is comftorable, happy, she gets all the attention she needs which means that she can give me my space.

Sheri wrote at 2008-07-19 14:46:43
I have a 6 month old Golden, and have been researching this biting thing - there seems to be 100 different answers and suggestions that just don't work. He, like others I've read on the web, loves to bite our hands, even though he's past the teething stage. I understand that Goldens are mouthy by breed, but it's pretty bad when the skin breaks and the clothes get torn. We did the obedience training, and the trainer has decided to use our dog as a case study, to help HER learn what to do. Other than the biting, he's great; he's smart, loving, learns fast, and just a pleasure to have in our home. Other than one shoe, he's never distroyed anything...but our hands!

bibki wrote at 2011-02-20 04:25:05
Best thing to do when your dog is jumping is fold your arms turn your back and ignore him. Dogs dont speak english they speak dog. Your body language has to be boring. If your pushing him down he sees it as a game. The puppy biting most puppies do it the best way to curb it is when your puppy bites you make a loud sharp AP!  Similarly that is how a puppy learns to play with his litter mates when he bites to hard they yelp.  Also if you want him to drop somthing offer a trade. Play the drop it take it game with him to teach him that command. Sounds like your doing good with your puppy just be patient it will come and stay possitive dogs can sense your stress.

Labman wrote at 2011-02-21 15:31:09
There are newer, more effective techniques than turning your back when a dog jumps.  Stepping back allowing it feed to fall to the floor is very effective.  Even the best techniques require a number of times.  

Jenny wrote at 2015-11-06 19:18:57
I've had Golden Retrievers and other hyper, teething puppies.  For biting, there is one technique that works consistently. When the puppy starts chewing on you, hold their muzzle firmly shut (not hurting them, just holding shut), and make them look you in the eye while you are holding. Say "No" in firm, serious voice. You should hold for maybe 3 or 4 seconds.

They will often whimper when you do this...not out of pain, but just because they don't like it. It's actually good if you get a small whimper. It means you're getting through to them.

Many pups will immediately try to chew on you after you do this, as though saying, "You can't tell me what to do".  Just repeat correction. They stop trying to chew on you after just a few days.

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Through my volunteer work with a large dog guide school, I know a little about all the breeds they use including Goldens. I have extensive experience with the closely related Labs. The service dog schools have acquired a wealth of knowledge about raising well behaved, healthy dogs with long, active lives. They do not share it with the general public, but pass on the best of it to those like me that raise puppies for them. I am part of a group that has raised dogs for 6 different service dog schools. We meet monthly for training and share information.

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