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Question by Kev
Submitted on 1/19/2004
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How do you get Golden Retrievers to stop biting . We have a puppy 10 weeks old and he constantly likes to bite the family. He bites my sons clothes etc. How do we train him to Not bite us?

Answer by Tanisha
Submitted on 2/1/2004
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Of course just consistency in punishment. If he bites you just yell as if in pain, say "bad dog, and possibly pop him on the nose. They never mean to hurt you. Do this every time without fail and it should stop.


Answer by Telecaster
Submitted on 2/28/2004
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biting and nipping are puppy behaviors in Goldens. It should be discouraged especially around small children. Care needs to be exibited around strangers as these little guys grow quickly and can hurt an unsuspecting stranger or passerby with the only intention being getting their attention to play. Persistent/consistent correction will correct this perfectly normal behavior.


Answer by poo
Submitted on 4/10/2004
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i think you shoueld poo them uin the face1 fart on them so they will stp because the smalle of the fart wtill discourage them or you could poo on there face ..! it works;) ive tried it


Answer by con
Submitted on 5/20/2004
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i think that what your pup bites just give it a slap on the nose and just give them lots of love and care thats all they nead


Answer by Rachel
Submitted on 7/3/2004
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Try sour apple spray. It is a spray for puppies who bite. They hate the taste and should stop biting.


Answer by mighty mouse
Submitted on 8/16/2004
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there's way better answers than the ones posted here and mine just repeats their advice. Most trainers say pretend to be like the mother dog,meaning puppies want to play and nip so the mother and the littermates teach when it's too hard of a bite. Now with humans any bite is too hard esp. with kids so tell EVERYONE in the family to yelp loudly in a high pitch when puppy nips them then turn and walk away from the puppy. It has to be consistent so avoid tug of war games and  rough housing with your hands or feet. It's hard for a puppy to distinguish. If this doesn't work and puppy continues to bite then still yelp but now grab them by the scruff of the neck, (again like mom) and firmly and with a little growl in your voice give him/her a little shake and say 'no bite'. Again walk away and maybe return in a minute or two with a good chew toy. just flip around the internet and you'll find lots of good advice.peace...


Answer by Goldnbuppy
Submitted on 8/24/2004
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Its just like teaching a cat not to claw drapes or furnishings.  There is no need to pop the pup on the snout or anything like that.  Simply a firm "NO" and then offer the pup something that is appropriate for them to bite or chew...a nylabone or stuffed animal.  Goldens LOVE stuffed animals...but be sure to find ones that do not have eye or nose buttons as the dog will likely pull at those and could swallow them.  Also be aware that Goldens often pull the stuffing out of stuffed animals, so be sure that the pup is supervised properly when he is playing...swallowing stuffing is probably not the best diet for a young dog.


Answer by Kris
Submitted on 10/15/2004
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I just got a 5 1/2 week old golsen retriever and she loves to bite me. Even if I'm just rubbing her tummy she will bite me. I have tried to ignore her when she does it, I've tried to tap her on the nose nothing works. Please if you have any info that might help please send me an email at paintedrose435@hotmail.com


Answer by jen
Submitted on 12/18/2004
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My 2 year old Golden retriever bites and growls at me and my family what should i do because when she bites it hurts real bad


Answer by dee
Submitted on 1/31/2005
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We have two young children and experienced the same biting problem when our golden retriever was a puppy. We found there were two kinds of biting; one was a playful attention getting bite. We trained our puppy that this was not acceptable by firmly but gently holding her snout closed and sternly saying "NO BITE." The second type of biting occurred with a snarl of the mouth or a growl. Our dog usually displayed this behavior towards us or our children if we touched her in a way she didn't like, if we tried to take a toy away or if my toddler went near her food bowl. This behavior immediately earned the puppy a good hour in her kennel, and a very stern "NO!NO!NO!" We also trained her to give up socks, underwear, and stuffed animals by always exchanging a dog treat for the unacceptable item. We also trained her to wait for her food and sit nicely, and to allow us to put our hand in the dish while she ate. This reduced the amount of growling and aggressive biting. Our dog is one now and she does not nip at the children or growl ever anymore. Be sure that you do not tolerate growling or aggressive biting towards you or your children, and never leave your children alone with a dog. Golden retrievers are very unlikely to harm a child as far as dogs go. However any breed of dog could bite and this is more likely if they are not properly trained.


Answer by Jessica Rosel
Submitted on 4/30/2005
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If you want them to stop yell "Ouch!" really loudly every time he bites you. Usually they stop biting on their own at about 5 to 6 months. I have an 11 week old Golden Retriever and she bites, I sometimes put her in time-out for a while.


Answer by Diana
Submitted on 6/25/2005
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I have a golden that is 9 months old and he loves more than anything to bite softly at you. We have tried almost everything to discourage this behavior and the only thing that works for me is to distract him to something else. i think he thinks it is such fun to bite. So he has a thousand toys and bones and he is always biting something. He is very sweet though and loves hugs and affection. i hope he just grows out of the biting thing.


Answer by gill
Submitted on 6/29/2005
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my dog is 1 years old and bites viciously what should i do?


Answer by Mandi
Submitted on 5/15/2006
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I too have a 10 week old puppy and the biting is our only issue just this evening I used bitter apple spray ans I have already noticed he is softer when using his mouth and looks right up when I say no biting.


Answer by 123
Submitted on 8/3/2006
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tell them to STOP IT or else


Answer by Jellybeans
Submitted on 11/2/2006
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All my dogs have been bitters in their puppyhood.The only method that worked for all of them was one I developed myself.First of all never pull back when a puppy is bitting this teaches them they are dominate.If they are biting you move forward toward them and scare them.If they are ripping at your clothing roll them on there back and leave them pinned for several seconds. If you do not have a crate get one they are perfect when puppy is out of controll and needs to calm down


Answer by Anshika
Submitted on 12/10/2006
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Make sure puppies have lots of toys and bones as they are teething. Anytime they start biting take their attention away from what they are biting and give them the bone. Bitter spray is good too.


Answer by joe schmo
Submitted on 3/9/2007
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Answer by Bob
Submitted on 4/15/2007
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Yell No Dog No, No DOg No


Answer by dennis1d
Submitted on 4/25/2007
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My sister recently adopted a 18month old male golden retrieve from a friend. He has always been pretty hiper. He was just nuetered a week ago and since then he has changed. He seems to keep jumping on people and will play bite or we think it is play but when you try to control him it is like he does not even hear you and doesn't know when to stop. Any ideas or suggests why this might be happening?


Answer by jiodyucure
Submitted on 7/13/2007
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