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Need help with my new 8 week old puppy!

hey i really need help with my new golden puppy.
i got her from a quality breeder, at 7.5 weeks old.
she wanted it to be 8 weeks but, had personal reasons and got her early.
My new pup is wnderful and smart, BUT!
1) doesnt mind crate, but wont go in and sleep in it
2) i dont know if she is playing, but she bits hard, my arms are very bloody now,
3) bites and chews everything, i replace it with kong and rope toys, but she still chews on bed, and mainly me and my girl friend's arms and clothe.

i tried time out, a firm NO ignoring her, nothing seems to work.
i give her many exercises. training goes well (i think) and she growls and barks when playing with a ball kong toy sometimes.
and when she tries to bte me remove my hand and say NO! and she lunges back for more biting at me almost looks like it might get aggressive if this continues.
any idea how i should do this?
she never retrieves/doesnt like leash...she is handled fine. im afraid she might think she is dominant over me HELP!
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hey i really need help with my new golden puppy.
i got her from a quality breeder, at 7.5 weeks old.
she wanted it to be 8 weeks but, had personal reasons and got her early.
My new pup is wnderful and smart, BUT!
1) doesnt mind crate, but wont go in and sleep in it
2) i dont know if she is playing, but she bits hard, my arms are very bloody now,
3) bites and chews everything, i replace it with kong and rope toys, but she still chews on bed, and mainly me and my girl friend's arms and clothe.

i tried time out, a firm NO ignoring her, nothing seems to work.
i give her many exercises. training goes well (i think) and she growls and barks when playing with a ball kong toy sometimes.
and when she tries to bte me remove my hand and say NO! and she lunges back for more biting at me almost looks like it might get aggressive if this continues.
any idea how i should do this?
she never retrieves/doesnt like leash...she is handled fine. im afraid she might think she is dominant over me HELP!

Welcome to my world. Sage is 8 weeks too and pretty much exactly the same as what you described. One thing I have learned is don't get down on the floor with her as this invites her to play. I would say this is normal puppy behavior and not aggression. I had a bad day yesterday, but today is going really well. I guess they don't call them land sharks for nothing...

Here's a few things we just started implementing. Walks...not long, not hard and only as tolerated. We go about a block 3x's a day. It is no longer than 5-10 minutes but seems to really help. You say your pup doesn't like the leash. Try leaving it attached to her and let her drag it around the house, I have also found leaving a leash on her in the house helps to get her out of things she shouldn't have. Although my house is pretty much puppy proofed right now! Lot's and lots of chew toys, I also use Kongs.

Sage will sometimes go in her crate herself, but often I have to put her in there. I toss a few treats in there and leave them, she goes in and eats them, sometimes laying down sometimes comes right back out. I always tell her "crate" when I put her in and good girl. She doesn't have a problem with the crate, just doesn't always seek it out on her own and I know it won't be much longer before I won't be able to lift her
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This all sounds very normal. I know it's super frustrating but hang in there! You can use the search fun toon on the forum and search for "crate games" this should help her like the crate. We also feed all meals in the crate (even if we're hand feeding) and treats are given EVERY TIME he goes in the crate both voluntarily and on command. You want the crate to be a happy den.

Also we did use an x-pen for time outs (for us) because we would get so frustrated with he nipping.

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Wow, thanks god its normal. i couldnt bare to think that my baby would turn out wrong because of me.. THAnks!! nipping does get better though...right?
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Typical golden retriever behavior, some of them are more landsharks than others.

Have you gotten her into a puppy kindergarten class? This will help her out a lot.

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Wow, thanks god its normal. i couldnt bare to think that my baby would turn out wrong because of me.. THAnks!! nipping does get better though...right?
Yes, unfortunately it does take time. If you search through this forum there are many threads asking for help - I probably had one myself. Listen to some of the experts, not everything works for all puppies. Goldens can be very tiring in their first year, but then they become the best dogs!

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Everyone assures me that the nipping will get better, just may take a while. Puppy Kindergarten is a good suggestion, we start in a few weeks. In our class the Pups need to be 10 weeks at the youngest.

BTW...where's the pics...we need pics here!!!!
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i dont knowhow to attach the pictures........i have like 4500 pictures of her already! LOL
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Wow, thanks god its normal. i couldnt bare to think that my baby would turn out wrong because of me.. THAnks!! nipping does get better though...right?
IMO it's gets better until they start teething. Lol! My boy just started teething and I'm overwhelmed with the biting he's doing.

I agree with puppy kindergarten. Especially work on impulse control.

When he bites you, yelp (just like a puppy) and move away from the situation. That will help him learn that biting is unfavorable and ends fun time. It might take a while before it clicks.


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ok ill keep doing it i guess maybe im expecting too much change in short time.
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