Your Golden Retriever is now a crucial member of the family. He spends his mornings out for a walk, his afternoons napping and his evenings messing around with the kids. He’s the only member of your household that doesn’t argue back and he’s probably one of the cleanest too. However, he does have one rather bad habit - he bites. It started off as nibbling, which was actually quite entertaining. But now it has become more aggressive and sometimes painful.
Training him to stop biting is essential, for a number of reasons. Firstly, he could do yourself or one of your children serious harm. Furthermore, if he continues this biting habit and attacks another dog or human, he may have to be put down. Therefore, it is essential you get a handle on this behavior before there is no turning back.
Training will consist of firstly taking a number of steps to prevent your Golden biting in the first place. On top of these deterrence measures, you will have to find a productive way to channel his energy. You will also need to look at the underlying cause of the biting and tackle that. In addition, obedience commands will be needed to assert your position as pack leader.
If your Golden Retriever is still a puppy, he should be fairly receptive. This means you could see results in just a couple of weeks. However, if he’s older and the biting habit has been years in the making, then you may need several months to fully stamp it out. Succeed with this training and you will never have to worry about leaving him alone with strangers or small children again.
Before you get to work, you will need to get your hands on a few items. A muzzle will be required until training has proven successful. You will also need chewy toys, plus a decent supply of treats. Alternatively, you can break his favorite food into small pieces.
Set aside 10 minutes each day for training, at a time where you won’t be distracted by a noisy household. Also, a deterrence collar and a water spray bottle will be needed for one of the methods.
Once you have the above, just bring patience and an optimistic attitude, then work can begin!
bites and jumps constantly!!!arms legs fingers etc.
When he is on his leash her tries to pull out.
He pees and on occasion poohs but we have tried to dog proof it.
When he dances around we know the sign and take whim outside.
We built a 20 x 30 kennel, but when he does not see us he howls until we are inside with him..
We have read all kinds of methods but we don't know where to start to get him to become obedient now, o when he is older we have a nice dog.
Hello Sheila, Congratulations on the new puppy. All of those behavior are very normal for his age. To stop the jumping check out the article that I have linked below. Teach him to "Sit" and when you walk up to him when you get home tell him to "Sit" and reward him if he does. If he tries to jump on you, then follow the "Step Forward Method". Do not be afraid to bump into him. You need to be firm and serious when you step toward him but do not kick him. Here is the article with that method. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-boxer-puppy-to-not-jump For the biting check out the other article that I have linked below. Try yelping loudly when he bites and then ignoring him for five minutes. If that works, then follow the "Bite Inhibition" Method and also teach him the leave it command from the "Leave It" method and use the "Leave It" command when once he has learned that. If yelping loudly does not stop when you test that, then follow the "Pressure" method instead. You can also go straight to the "Pressure" method if he responds to that well. Teach Bobby "Leave It" in general though, because that can help with a number of behaviors. Expect it to take him several months before he stops biting entirely though. Puppies, especially retrievers use their mouths a lot to learn how to control the pressure of their bites, to communicate, to learn new things, and to comfort themselves and play. It is extremely normal for a Labrador to be very mouthy until five or six months of age. Work on the training but if it does not immediately stop all mouthing from reoccurring that does not necessarily mean it is not working. It may take time. Here is the article on biting. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite At his age he needs to be either taken out every one to one and a half hours or put in a crate with a safe chew toy for no longer than three-and-a-half hours. At night he should be able to hold it for longer because he will be asleep. Puppies can only hold their bladders for the number they are in months of age plus one. Meaning that he cannot hold his bladder for longer than four hours. If he is not in a crate where he will be motivated to try to hold it, then he needs to be taken out every time that it gets a little bit full, which is one to one-and-a-half hours until he learns to ask to go potty. In the crate he should naturally try to hold it for longer if the crate has enough room for him to lay down but not enough for him to pee or poop in one end and stand away from it in the other end. If you have a wire crate you can use the metal divider that came with it to make the crate temporarily small enough if you bought a large crate. The howling is also normal. He is likely bored and lonely and has not learned how to self-entertain. When you put him out there fill hollow safe chew toys, like kong with his moistened dog food, that has been soaked in water, and give him those to chew on. You can also purchase a device like a "Pet Tutor" or "Auto Trainer" that will automatically reward him when he gets quiet to help train him to be quiet. When you put him in the kennel wait until he gets quiet for a couple of seconds, then go to him and drop treats into the kennel and leave again. At first he will probably cry again when you leave, but he should start to realize overtime that when he gets quiet you come back and reward him, motivating him to become quiet sooner. I would highly recommend attention a puppy class with him. That class will help with socialization, mouthing, jumping, and obedience. You do not need to wait until he is older to join. Look for one that cleans their floors right before class with something that will kill things like Parvo. Make sure the trainer requires the puppies to have at least one set of shots, and carry your puppy into the area. Do not set him down until you are inside the puppy area because that area will be clean and with other vaccinated puppies, limiting his exposure to disease. Outside the facility where adult dogs have been will be less safe, so carry him there. When a puppy is young you can prevent things like aggression and fearfulness by socializing them and training them early on. Once a dog gets older you can always teach him things like sit but you cannot effect his temperament as much. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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My dog bites alot ..and does not listen to me..how to stop biting of my dog?
Hello Pratham, First of all, try not to become discouraged. Know that at 6 weeks of age, the biting is developmentally normally for a puppy - especially a puppy who was bred to use their mouth a lot of retrievals. Puppies learn how to control the pressure of their bite by practicing. They also explore the world around them, play with other puppies, and communicate with their mouths. So although it can really hurt to be bitten by tiny, sharp puppy teeth, almost all puppies do bite at this age. First, if you can find a puppy kindergarten class that has time for off-leash puppy play, or a free puppy play date class. Attend one of those with him so that he can learn how to control the pressure of his bite by playing with other puppies. Petco and some other pet stores with training offer free puppy play classes if you call and ask for the schedule. A puppy kindergarten class would have additional benefits like obedience and more interaction with people as well. If you have any friends with puppies under 6 months of age, set up play dates with those puppies too. Moderate the puppies' play and whenever one pup seems overwhelmed or they are all getting too excited, interrupt their play, let everyone calm down, then let the most timid pup go first to see if they still want to play - if they do, then you can let the other puppies go too when they are waiting for permission. For more information on what type of class to look for, check out the article I have linked below. Know that probably no class will be ideal, but look for one especially that offers moderated, off-leash puppy play time to help with the biting, and a class that cleans their floors classroom floors really well with a cleaner that kills parvo and distemper right before class, and keeps other non-class participants out of the cleaned area to ensure puppies safety - which will allow you to attend class more safely with pup at a younger age if you want to. Carry puppy into the cleaned area to avoid contact with the ground that hasn't been cleaned until pup has all their puppy shots. https://www.petful.com/behaviors/puppy-classes-when-to-start/ Second, check out the article linked below. Starting today, use the "Yelp" method. At the same time however, begin teaching "Leave It" from the "Leave It" method. As soon as pup is good as the Leave It game, start telling pup to "Leave It" when he attempts to bite or is tempted to bite. Reward pup if he makes a good choice. If he disobeys your leave it command, use the Pressure method to gently discipline pup for biting when you told him not to. The order or all of this is very important - the yelp method can be used for the next couple of weeks while pup is learning leave it, but leave it will teach pup to stop the biting entirely. The pressure method teaches pup that you mean what you say without being overly harsh - but because you have taught pup to leave it first, pup clearly understands that you are not just roughhousing (which is what pup probably thinks most of the time right now), so it is more effective. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite When pup gets especially wound up, he probably needs a nap too. At this age puppies will sometimes get really hyper when they are overtired or haven't had any mental stimulation through something like training. When you spot that and think pup could be tired, place pup in their crate or an exercise pen with a food stuffed Kong for a bit to help him calm down and rest. Don't expect instant results with the biting. This is something that takes a lot of time and practice to teach because pup has to develop self-control through practice to even be able to control his mouth. Any progress is good progress. The main goal is for pup to stop all biting before 5 months of age - when their jaws get stronger and they can do actual damage. Everything before that point is practice controlling their mouths. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Nibble & bites. Bites his leash firmly during his walks.
Hello Ghandhidas, For the leash biting, when the leash is in his mouth pull the two ends of the leash coming out of his mouth toward him, further into his mouth, so that the leash pushes against his gums and soft area at the back of his mouth; do this until he tries to spit the leash out, then let it go from his mouth. Expect to have to do this a few times in a row at first...doing this simply makes biting the leash not fun for him anymore. Also, you can try spraying a deterrent like bitter apple or bitter melon on the leash - some dogs dislike the taste enough they leave the leash alone, some determined biters will bite it anyway. You have to try it to find out which your puppy is. For the people biting, check out the article linked below. I suggest following the "Leave It" method and once he understands "Leave It" you can use the "Pressure" method if he disobeys the Leave It command. Focus primarily on Leave It though. Teach Leave It first so that he understands what to do and how to do it. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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