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Old 12-22-2012, 01:24 PM
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I have felt the same thing. We have a 6 month old golden and there are days that I think there is no way I can keep him. Sometimes his behavior worries me but then he will have few days where he is so good, so I see the potential I will be taking him to obedience classes starting soon.
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You know, I think a big part of the "bad puppy" thing comes down to expectations. We all see the commercials with the Golden puppies lying there so calmly and looking so cute. We all see the pictures posted on facebook and elsewhere of the big gentle Golden lying beside a baby. We see the movies with the super wonderful and gentle Goldens. We hear that Golden Retrievers are perfect family dogs, and wonderful with children and awesome therapy dogs.

And all of that is true. But they don't come out of the box that way! I think people expect to have a calm, well behaved puppy, from day one, and when that doesn't happen, they don't know what to do. So many post here that they think their puppy is aggressive, that the puppy knocks down the kids, or bites the kids, or jumps on people. Well, yeah! That's what most puppies do and will continue to do unless they're trained, and I don't care if they came from a pet store or the most awesome breeder who ever walked the earth, they still need to be trained to not act like wild animals. For in the end, they are animals.


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Please sell your dog, I bet one day you will dump her/him. Please give her/him to a good family.


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You know, I think a big part of the "bad puppy" thing comes down to expectations. We all see the commercials with the Golden puppies lying there so calmly and looking so cute. We all see the pictures posted on facebook and elsewhere of the big gentle Golden lying beside a baby. We see the movies with the super wonderful and gentle Goldens. We hear that Golden Retrievers are perfect family dogs, and wonderful with children and awesome therapy dogs.

And all of that is true. But they don't come out of the box that way! I think people expect to have a calm, well behaved puppy, from day one, and when that doesn't happen, they don't know what to do. So many post here that they think their puppy is aggressive, that the puppy knocks down the kids, or bites the kids, or jumps on people. Well, yeah! That's what most puppies do and will continue to do unless they're trained, and I don't care if they came from a pet store or the most awesome breeder who ever walked the earth, they still need to be trained to not act like wild animals. For in the end, they are animals.


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nice. This is exactly why people are afraid to come here and be honest with what is going on.
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"If only I knew then what I know now!" These are the very thoughts I was telling myself today while at work. I was taking care of a patient and turned the channel on the tv to Animal Planet. They had Puppies 101 or something. Anyway it was about puppies. They got to the part of chewing and mouthing..., and they had the new puppy owners put butter on their hands, so that the puppy would only lick their hands! It was a beautiful thing to see, as I remember all the biting and bleeding I went through with Maggie, along with the frustration and my DH thinking she had some sort of screw loose.
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I have to share this with other golden owners. We adopted two goldens a little over 6 weeks ago. The female had been in a shelter for 11 months and was too ill to be saved. She was very sick and uncontrollable. The shelter people took her back to see if they could do anything. I'm assuming they couldn't because they have never contacted us again.

The male Henry, is a doll, he is the sweetest dog I've ever seen. He has begun to bring us little gifts from the garden on his three times a day rounds. Today he found a perfect mandarin orange and brought it to us. Everything we request of him he learns quickly, but the bringing of gifts is so unusual I just thought I'd share it since I couldn't find any mention on the search function.

He is also a good guard dog which is also unusual for the breed. He has his self appointed rounds and will not return to the house until he has completed them to his own satisfaction. He also barks and growls if he suspects anyone unknown is in the area. I accidentally hit a thermometer which has a voice message. He was very alarmed at the strange voice and his hackles went up immediately.

So yes he is a very sweet and nice dog.
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This is my 1st time seeing this post and I have to say I'm quite appalled with your response. This forum is where we come to blow off steam after a bad day, to get advice about our dogs, to support each other.
The OP asked a legitimate question and it deserves to be answered. Since I do my very best to be kind to people this is all I'm going to say.
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My 'Hell Hound' is busy terrorising a bone right now. Later on, he will intimidate most people he sees into smiling at him when we go out for a walk.

He will then walk to school with me to pick up the kids - and bully the children into stroking him.

He will then viciously bite his food before going back out to intimidate more unfortunate people into smiling and wanting to stroke him. I will then be scared into playing ball with him before he settles down for the evening where he'll viciously sleep on the floor and occasionally come up to me or the wife and scare us into cuddling him. He will then horrify his bed all night.

And then it'll start all over again tomorrow!!!


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The above being a humorous way of saying I don't recognise the 'Hell Hound' thing in my dog (or any other retrievers we've met).


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