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Hello everyone,
We are a family of 6 that has welcomed our beautiful golden girl, Heidi to our family a couple of weeks ago.
Prior to choosing a golden we did our research on the breed and tempermant. I read posts on here for HOURS and thank everyone for impacting our decision for a golden family member
She is an amazing and absolutely wonderful girl. She is already trained to the bells to ask outside, I have her trained for sit (both verbal and hand signal), she is working on her stay command. She is doing very well on her basic training for being 11 weeks old. I plan on enrolling her in puppy classes once her third set of vaccines are completed.
The only issue that I am having real troubles with (beyond the "normal" and expected puppy shinanigans)is her CONSTANT biting and mouthing of my 12 year old and 6 year old. She is NON STOP with them, redirecting with a toy does not stop her , kids trying the high pitch yelp and walk away (this more often causes her into a "hotter pursuit" of them), And also the "stand as still as a tree, cause trees are boring"theory, well apparently they make for a lot more fun to chew as far as Heidi is concerned she does not try to bite and mouth me and if she does, a simple verbal correction and she stops. Unfortunately my verbal correction is temporary when it comes to her favorite chew toys .... The kids :/
Please, anyone have any suggestions? I have no problem bringing in a professional trainer if I need to, but I thought I would try this route first seeing all of you seem so knowledgable.
Sorry for long post and I look forward and hope for some guidance from all of you. Thank you in advance

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It takes time she's still young as still sees them as other puppies she will learn soon that biting is bad. When she gets really bitty hold your hand around her muzzle and say no firmly. The repetition will teach her


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my daughter is a little older - 15 and it took her some time to find her command voice with Rose. Rose would consider her a playmate and did listen to her.
From first day home we taught rose soft mouth by letting her take treats from out hand - if she did it too hard she will not have the treat if she was gentle we would introduce the word easy and give her the treat. Then with the hand in the mouth when she wasn't crazy playing at first and reinforce the easy command. When she was getting too excited we would make her chase a ball all over the house or outside. My DD tried the toy in the mouth but frankly that did not work because rose simply wanted to play with her and not the toy.
you can find more info here: http://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/...ry-mouthy.html (He is still very mouthy!)


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She bites them because she has figured out that they lack the authority to insist she keeps her teeth to herself. She KNOWS you mean business.

It is harder for most kids but there are some tricks. One is to work with your kids to be "actors". They get to play angry mom. They need a firm, loud, deep voice "NO". They need to make the angry face and body stance. Have them practice with you first and get comfortable with it. Address their fears that your pup wont like them if they are "mean" to her.

Also, keep a check cord on the pup so the kids can take her on a little walk around the house after the "No". This helps to keep it positive.

Be sure the kids avoid playing at face level with the pup until the biting is under control.

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One of the toughest things to do is raise a puppy WITH children. It is do-able and your puppy with be an EXCELLENT dog when she is older for sure- so the time is worth it for sure. In my experience you have to teach BOTH of them. The kids and the dog.

I would have a conversation with the children and help them understand WHY there pup nibbles them. Your golden sees your kids as litter mates. Some things your kiddos can do to help your new pup:
If the pup is nibbling or engaging in "mouthing" have your little one squeal. After a short, high pitch, squeal they need to turn there back to the pup and not award attention.
When approaching there playful pup instruct them the keep there arms close to there body. Dangling arms look like a really fun thing to chew on from a puppy perspective.
Also start setting up mini training sessions and incorporating your little ones to say commands. So after you practice "sit" with your pup- then hand the treats to your kiddos and watch them instruct the pup to do the same thing.

As far as the pup goes:
Your already doing it. More commands. Stay patient. Keep training.

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Thank you everyone for your suggestions and advice. I will DEFINATELY begin working with the suggestions. I see that my two girls now must be more authoritative with Heidi. This will DEFINATELY be a task as my girls are quite soft spoken. But I am up for the challenge and will be very proud of both the kids and Heidi once all the hard work pays off. Patience and consistency is key I am realizing. She has the potential to become an amazing girl; once we are trained to do help her become that thank you again much appreciated Click image for larger version

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You're already on there right track, it just takes time and being consistent. I honestly don't know how you do anything but snuggle that darling puppy though!

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