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Old 11-14-2008, 10:18 AM
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Hi Tanya
As you can see your situation is far from unique and there are many ways to go about it. Like most things in life there are very few "quick fixes" and when dealing with these problems you need to understand that and not constantly switch how you deal with it. I think this tends to just confuse the pup even more.
Try to never leave the pup with the children unless you or another responsible adult is with them. The pup will continue to try to elevate it's position in the pack and the children are the easiest targets.
The number one thing to remember is if you do not want a dog to do something it must NEVER be okay to do - consistency is key. Later you can lighten up if you wish and teach a dog when it is okay, but as a pup don't ever allow. An example would be jumping up on people. For now don't allow it at any time with anyone. Down the road when the dog understands this, you may teach the dog it is ok to jump up on YOU, not others, and only when told it is okay.
Well that is mty two cents on this part.
Now for the vaginitis. I give my pups cranberry capsules when they show signs of vaginitis. I am currently giving my 8 month old a "triple strength" capsule daily. It contains 1040 mg of "cranberry blend" which is equivilent to 10,080 mg of fresh cranberry. It works just like it does in people with bladder problems. It does nothing much though if it is a UTI. If that is the problem the pup will need antibiotics.
Welcome to the forum and enjoy Maggie's puppyhood! She won't be a little pup for very long.
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Old 11-14-2008, 08:49 PM
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Hi also I think at about 4 to 5 months old they teething is starting (Baby teeth to adult teeth) so they are very mouthy at that time. Goldens are very mouthy anyway. Probably more so then other Breeds. People always see well behaved aldult Goldens and think they instantly come that way.
How about Puppyclasses? There you can talk to trainers and ask questions that come up that week. For a while Bogart would have a wild streak at 7pm to 9pm aproximatly where he would just didn't know what to do with himself. He was just a teethy monster. So I had a tie down on my very heavy coffeetable. When he was just over the top where he was just non responsive to anything I'd tie him to it and when he realized he couldn't get to me or my hubby or ZsaZsa he would seddle down and start playing nicely again with his toy or chewie then I would let him off again. It worked great for us. He was with us I never had to put him in the crate for punishment and he learned to seddle down again. It was very unconfrontational for all of us. He was in a harness when on tie down/ timeout. Walking on leash was never much trouble with Bogart since he hates the sensation of the pull on his neck (he'll stop on his own and scratch). He also used to pick up anything that he found on the sidewalk. We practiced drop it/exchanging anything that was in his mouth for a treat. After a short time I would tell him to drop it and it was like a reflex and he'd spit anything out (still does). He also used to dig for a while as a puppy which he outgrew. He is 3 years old now and awesome. They need to learn rules for sure but remember not to be too harsh they are pups after all. You will get further with kindness and patients and you're dog will be awesome in the long run with that aproach.
P.S. Also Bitterapple spray on my hands was the greatest biting prevention for us. I never sprayed it on the dog but on my hands, Bogart would run for the hills with that.
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Hang in there Tanya and welcome to the forum! My girl is 15 weeks old and is still biting ! In the morning is the worst. I can't even put on makeup or get dressed without her biting my arms, legs, or even jumping up to bite my shirt... Just remember like another poster said, she is just a baby... She knows nothing right now. She will start to develop her own personality and grow up before you know it. Skylie does still bite, but she has matured a lot. She is starting to understand she is part of the family, and also learned to calm down sometimes and take a nap in the living room. At 8-12 weeks, she would never do that. We could not sit still. I had to put her in the kitchen with a baby gate every time I needed her to calm down...

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Our Stella is right there too. She is 4 months and 2 weeks old and a total pain sometimes! Her latest is that she figured out how to climb onto the couch, which I wouldn't mind if she would just lay down and chew on her bone. But after about 5 minutes of that she gets bored and climbs all over me and when I try to move her back or tell her down she starts biting hands, arms, hair, and yesterday she actually bit toward my face...not cool! She has been through puppy obedience, but finally tonight we start with a personal trainer who is coming to our house to help us correct some of her dominant behaviors.
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I have several posts on here about Tayla and her biting. We adopted her at 4 months and she will be a year next weekend. My husband wanted to get rid of her many times. You might want to look up about impulse control games. It's helped us. We were so glad to find this forum and several members who had similar issues that it kept me sane for the last 8 months. Things are getting better for us and I certainly hope it's not a fluke and continues on. Good luck and if you need help or advice, just ask.
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A truly dominant dog does not bite at its master... Your dog needs training and discipline and you have engaged a trainer which is awesome..
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Take a deep breath, you are not alone.

Enroll in a basic puppy obedience class. If you are already enrolled, even better. Go to class every week for the next year or two. (Im not kidding!! )

Feed half of her meal by hand, work on sit, down, stay, leave it, come, tricks, etc. She will work when hungry and you'll build a bond. She also needs to recognize that when you speak, it means something, not just "blah blah blah." Since your home is a busy one with kids, she may have learned to tune you out. Just like teenagers!

An obedience class will be great to work in as it provides a distracting environment. I always withhold their breakfast if class in the AM or dinner if class in the PM and come armed with high value treats like cheese, hot dogs, liver, etc.

Try letting her drag around a leash. When she jumps, use the leash to pull her off. Consider tethering the leash to you so she has no choice but to follow you and you can work her commands a million times a day. Get a little training pouch to hold treats so you ALWAYS have them on you. Catch her being good with feet on the floor and reward her.

With the other half of her meal that you haven't trained with, get a food dispensing toy. We have several such as the Bob A Lot, Tug a Jug, Wobbler, etc.

Kongs are your friend!! Do you have one? You need two or three! Fill with peanut butter, yogurt, mashed banana, etc. Place in the freezer for added difficulty. Give them each evening before bed to create a calming wind-down routine.

Good luck and remember- it will be over soon. Be consistent!!


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Our Stella is right there too. She is 4 months and 2 weeks old and a total pain sometimes! Her latest is that she figured out how to climb onto the couch, which I wouldn't mind if she would just lay down and chew on her bone. But after about 5 minutes of that she gets bored and climbs all over me and when I try to move her back or tell her down she starts biting hands, arms, hair, and yesterday she actually bit toward my face...not cool! She has been through puppy obedience, but finally tonight we start with a personal trainer who is coming to our house to help us correct some of her dominant behaviors.
Vinnie did the exact same thing. After trying all the usual bite inhibition stuff. I tried shaking a penny can to get him to stop. I only did it a couple times and he stopped doing that at about 5 1/2 months. He still climbs on me from time to time but the biting has stopped. He is 7 months now.

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Take a deep breath, you are not alone.

Enroll in a basic puppy obedience class. If you are already enrolled, even better. Go to class every week for the next year or two. (Im not kidding!! )

Feed half of her meal by hand, work on sit, down, stay, leave it, come, tricks, etc. She will work when hungry and you'll build a bond. She also needs to recognize that when you speak, it means something, not just "blah blah blah." Since your home is a busy one with kids, she may have learned to tune you out. Just like teenagers!

An obedience class will be great to work in as it provides a distracting environment. I always withhold their breakfast if class in the AM or dinner if class in the PM and come armed with high value treats like cheese, hot dogs, liver, etc.

Try letting her drag around a leash. When she jumps, use the leash to pull her off. Consider tethering the leash to you so she has no choice but to follow you and you can work her commands a million times a day. Get a little training pouch to hold treats so you ALWAYS have them on you. Catch her being good with feet on the floor and reward her.

With the other half of her meal that you haven't trained with, get a food dispensing toy. We have several such as the Bob A Lot, Tug a Jug, Wobbler, etc.

Kongs are your friend!! Do you have one? You need two or three! Fill with peanut butter, yogurt, mashed banana, etc. Place in the freezer for added difficulty. Give them each evening before bed to create a calming wind-down routine.

Good luck and remember- it will be over soon. Be consistent!!


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Sounds like a lot of food. Wouldn't you be concerned about ending up with a fat dog? I'm not trying to be smart, it's a serious question.
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Much less fattening....

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