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Old 01-05-2013, 10:12 PM
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Hey guys, when I play with Van Gogh he growls alot and is really vocal, he's not growling to be mean he's doing it as if he was talking;

If you walk into the house and he has his toy in his mouth he's wagging his tail and growling as if he's trying to tell you something.


How can I curve him from growling or will he just stop doing it over time, he's 8 months old.


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Sounds like he's happy when he's doing this. Why would you want to stifle his joy?

Our Annabelle does the same thing. It's always cause for a chuckle.
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I didn't know if it was normal, he growls and didn't want others to assume it was aggression


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I have to agree with that comment about a tired dog being a good dog. With Abby, 2 LONG walks or an hour or so at the dog park pretty much guarantees that her bad behaviours disappear! She jumps up less, responds quickly to commands--but miss a walk and can you ever tell! The recent snow is helping to tire her out more, I've noticed.


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Will definitely look into this.. My husband is helping more now because he saw how frustrated I got the other night. If Kobe tries to hump on my leg and my husband is around, he comes to help and Kobe stops immediately. And, I was able to take him to the park the last two days for at least an hour each day and it's amazing the difference. We've been getting lots of rain which is why he was home and bored.


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The humping is a dominance issue. He's trying to put you in your place,,,,below him in the pecking order. My almost nine month old is not neutered yet and now just occasionally tries to hump me. My husband wouldn't stand for it and put him in a submissive position on the floor a few times. He won't do it to my husband and now I'm putting in down on the floor and keep him there for a minute. It's all about respect! My last dog was 150lbs and tried to hump everyone but me,,,,I was the boss. Neutereing played no roll in stopping it. My youngest daughter was his favorite target, he just hated being low man on the totum pole.
Fifteen years ago I had a four year old male golden and a one year old female. She humped him every chance she got. She was boss!! Good luck!
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Tayla growls all the time when we play tug. You would thing she is a mad dog by how she growls. She is just having fun doing the one thing she loves most, playing tug. She also will growl a little when I try to get the ball out of her mouth, but her tail is wagging and she loves the ball more than tug.
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I'm just wondering at what age is a golden retriever called a teenager?
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The humping is a dominance issue. He's trying to put you in your place,,,,below him in the pecking order. My almost nine month old is not neutered yet and now just occasionally tries to hump me. My husband wouldn't stand for it and put him in a submissive position on the floor a few times. He won't do it to my husband and now I'm putting in down on the floor and keep him there for a minute. It's all about respect! My last dog was 150lbs and tried to hump everyone but me,,,,I was the boss. Neutereing played no roll in stopping it. My youngest daughter was his favorite target, he just hated being low man on the totum pole.
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I really disagree with you on this. I've seen a lot of play humping that has very little to do with dominance. My two GRs take turns with it. If one was truly pushing the other one around I'd put a stop to it. And there are dogs who are trying to dominate by humping--but it's not always that.

Also, IMO, the rolling the dog over and forcing him to submit is just not a good tactic with Goldens. Personally I don't think it works well with most dogs but I'm sure there are times when it's a useful tactic. By doing that you're just forcing your dog to comply. It takes a bit longer to use positive training but the human-dog relationship and the ego of the dog turn out much better. almost all Goldens want to please their humans--using force really shouldn't be necessary.
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I'm just wondering at what age is a golden retriever called a teenager?
Most Goldens' hormones kick in around 6 months. But the adolescent tag is mostly used to label their behavior. There are dogs who never display rebelliousness. (Lucky owners!)

A trainer described it to me once as all of a sudden you'll tell them something like "come!" that has worked for months and they look at you as if to say "You talking to me?" and take off in the opposite direction. It's not too different from human teens--testing limits, etc. Most people find they end up going back to basic obedience training techniques to just keep their teenager grounded and cooperative.
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