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Old 11-26-2012, 11:06 PM
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Exclamation How to correct chewing before it becomes a problem?

I just adopted an 8 week old English style Golden Retriever.

He's doing great! I've had him for 3 days. Housebreaking is a work in progress. He's got crate training down. He's learned sit and can sit reliably 85% of the time. He's doing as expected with leash training. He's excellent with heeling!

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I can't figure out HOW to prevent him from chewing things. Like the clothes I'm wearing. Or his bedding. Around 5pm he goes into "destructo-mode". I've tried different methods, including playtime, training, etc. As well as different forms of correction, such as making "ACH!" noises or saying "NO!" firmly. My boyfriend believes in saying "NO!" then pushing his face away from the object.

No method seems to be working. Actually, whenever my boyfriend corrects the puppy the puppy throws a toddler-like tantrum by barking once, then pouting. But 2 seconds later he continues chewing.

He has his chew toys. We encourage and praise him for chewing his toys and dental bone.

But how to correct his chewing OTHER items before it becomes a problem?
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:15 PM
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Welcome to the forum. Sounds like you have a very normal golden retriever. As far as the nipping and biting I have had relatively good luck keeping lots of toys handy to offer as a distraction for not biting me.
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:19 PM
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Good luck with the mouthing. I have been training my Sandy since she was 6 weeks old and she can do many things. Sit, heel, leave it, high five, sometimes even stay. But I still can't get her to stop mouthing. I keep up the training and use all the advice and it works half of the time for me but rarely with my wife. She loves to mouth, I am hoping it gets easier as her adult teeth come in and she gets older. By the way she is 5 months old now.
I remembering being in the same situation as you and read through many threads on the topic. The best thing I can get from the research is that Goldens are mouthers. Their people always have trouble with it and eventually they will grow out of it.
Redirect their attention to positive chew toys, say "ouch" when it happens, walk away and don't reward them with more play, all of this works but time and patience and consistency is what I really hopes works.


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Old 11-27-2012, 02:49 AM
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Thanks for the reassurance that this is normal.

I knew Goldens are very mouthy, but I had no idea it was to this extent! He is my first Golden, so it has been an experience!

Do Goldens really outgrow the mouthiness, for the most part, when they get their adult teeth? That's a very long time from now! Hahaha. Ahh, no shoes are safe!
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Very normal! Yes, Goldens are a mouthy breed, some more than others. My brother's Shitzu has done more damage to his house in less than a year than my two Goldens combined. So don't ever think to yourself "why did I get a Golden?"
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When you say your boyfriend "corrects" the puppy, what does that look like?

In my experience, the best cure for mouthing and chewing is to prevent, redirect, and reward. Crate the dog when he's not being watched, remove inappropriate objects when he mouths them, and reward him for taking out his mouthiness on the right objects.

Same goes for biting people. If he bites, withhold your attention from him (be as boring as possible) prevent him from gnawing on you, and redirect him to appropriate ways to take out his desire to play and mouth.
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To tell the truth Ally, I don't know if they grow out of it after they get their adult teeth. This is my first golden too. I have read that it becomes less of a problem over time.
Shoes in my house stay at the entrance (no shoes in the house rules and all) but Sandy has learned to stay away from those. She does get her mouth on a slipper now and again. My Sandy has a wide variety of "safe" toys. Some hard, some soft. She loves digging in her toy box to find a toy that fits her mood or tries to pick the right one to get me to play, it's so cute. Sometimes I hide her safe toys so she can feel like she got something good. It's funny to see her get all excited about getting the old sock doll. She runs and sits in the corner and chews away thinking I am going to take it away at any moment, so I play along.
Good luck and don't give up, the pluses for me have been worth far more than the things she chews.


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Hello. Your baby is very young. All puppies mouth to some degree. My tiny papillon did not mouth on us, but that tiny furball tore up almost all of the kitchen flooring in our kitchen, when we were out for a couple of hours. He chewed through electric cables ..fortunately unplugged. He tore wallpaper off the wall. And he took months to toilet train. Six years on, Jontay is the most placid adorable dog ever. He is my constant companion & I can leave him running free in the house & know nothing will be touched. My new GR puppy of sixteen weeks now, is a mouther & will nip given half a chance. I watch him closely when playing with him, & the moment I see his mouth opening & searching for my hand, I move my hand away, or I stop playing & give him a chew stick or a soft toy. On the advise of my trainer, I stopped playing little tug games with him, which can get a puppy very excited & encourage nipping. If he was trying to get at my hand when playing, i would wave his favourite soft toy puppy, & he would nip at that instead.
I very seldom get nipped, but my poor husband has actual broken skin on his arms, where either Loki's teeth or claws have come into contact with him. Having said that, Loki is sooooo much better than when he was younger, so take heart, it does improve. But it does take firmness & consistency on your part. I found that saying Ouch in a high voice only excited Loki more, so if Loki won't stop with a firm No Bite & redirection, I put him into his playpen for timeout, & when he settles down, I let him out.

Nowadays a firm No does the trick most of the time, except when he goes into what other members on this forum call the zoomies ....that happens anytime between 6.30pm & 7.30pm, & then he just goes crazy for a short time & won't listen to anything or anyone. Thankfully it happens less often now, but as a younger baby, it was virtually every night, & we have had bad bouts of it the last two nights. The only way we can manage the zoomies, is to put him into timeout in his playpen & he usually settles within a few mins. You will learn how to manage things as you go along. I thought the bad behaviour would never end, but apart from the zoomies, & some jealousy of our adult dog, Loki is becoming a real joy to be around. Your baby will grow & learn & you will look back on this time with a smile ...as you give advice to someone else going through the same thing.

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