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Recommendations for books on training goldens? Especially with mouthiness
We recently got an 8 week old golden female and have had her for about a week. Overall, she has been doing fairly well and is getting better.
The primary problem is that she has been really mouthy, and it is mainly a problem with our two boys (aged 5 and 3). She is constantly going at their pants, ankles, and feet, even when they aren't actively playing with her. They are starting to get fearful of her. She hasn't actually hurt them, but she's bitten too hard a few times, and mainly it scared them.
I've been reading about different techniques, including here, and looking around at some books, but interested in some actual reading material that is more easily relatable to goldens, and that can hopefully prepare us for what is ahead.
I've read on here about playing with her to draw out a bit and then saying "ouch" loudly and stopping playing/leaving the room for 30 seconds. I've heard others about saying ouch or "yipe" and then immediately giving her hand back to you, or pushing it in further to make her spit it out. Both have downsides... like purposely letting yourself get bit, shoving it further, etc. She has already broken the skin once on my wife.
Other minor question... how important is it to have the puppy near you in the crate at night? Read some material about having her sleep near you so she knows you're there. We've been leaving her downstairs in the crate. After we take her out, she barks some when we go back upstairs, but it has gotten a bit better (10-15 mins down to about 5 mins). Neither of us really want her getting used to being in our room. For me, I have lots of allergies, but predominantly mild. I have no problem with dogs generally, but have me breathing stuff I'm allergic to while I'm stationary for 7-8 hours, and I wake up with a mind splitting headache.
Any tips would be appreciate, and would love to start reading up to make us feel better prepared and know we're heading in the right direction.