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Need help with my new 8 week old puppy!

Hi, i just recently got my new and very first pup.
she came at 7.5 weeks her mom and dad are both champions.
she seems to be biting me when ever she has a chance to , and very hard im bleeding like crazy.
i tried time out, a firm NO! and ignoring her nothing seems to work.
shes fine when shes relaxed, but when she goes into hyper mode biting starts.
i give her plenty of exercise, i dont know why this is happening.
whenever she is playing with a toy, and i go to play with her, she prefers my hand to the toy...(kong and rope)
training goes well, she is smart and sweet.
she chews on everything, nothing stops her.
she doesnt mind her crate, but doesnt sleep in it , she likes and always sleeps on the kitchen floor near the fridge.
And, she doesnt rely on me too much, only for food and sometimes when shes bored. very independent puppy, so time outs and me leaving and ignoring does not work.
please help me guys, is this normal??? if not what do i do?
and as for trainings how long would i have to do it to see results?
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I think its all normal. Being mouthy is a Golden thing. Just keep working with her on it. And she's grow attached to you, she just has to have time to realize that you are her care taker. As for the training results it will vary depending on the dog but Golden Retrievers are very smart and should pick up on things quickly if you are consistent in your methods and enforcement. My Yukon had 'sit' down basically in his first day home.

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I'm experiencing the bitey bitey stage right now with our 11.5 week old puppy and it's absolutely normal! They are basically teething. This is the time they learn gentle mouthing and bite inhibition. I don't say no when he's just mouthing me or being gentle, but if it gets too hard I do say OUCH and take my hand or body part out of his mouth. I also try to keep chew toys everywhere in the house and just stick it in his mouth. Good luck... this stage shall pass!
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If she was 7.5 weeks when she came to you and you've only had her a short while, then it's still very early days. I'm no huge expert myself, but I'm I'm sure the experienced here will agree that perseverance and consistency is key.

Goldens can be 'mouthy' in the early months - just remember it's play and that's how they learn. Make sure as best you can that she knows she's hurt you before you do the ignoring thing.

Most of us have been through what you're going through I'm sure

Best of luck and be patient.


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Welcome to Golden puppy parenting! Everything you are experiencing is normal. We've all been through it but hang in there, this stage will pass. Keep plenty of toys around to pop in her mouth when she's being particularly bratty. Lots of exercise will help tire her out.

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What you are going through is perfectly normal in a Golden puppy, & though it feels as if it will always be like that, it won't. I got my GR baby at the same age, & had never raised a Golden before, though had done my research. I was expecting him to be similar to our maremma babies in the past, & could not believe that all he seemed to want to do was chew on us! I did all the basic commands with him, using clicker training from his second or third day with us. He picked up commands very quickly & it was a great bonding time. I never walked him off our property until ten days after third vaccination, as did not want to put his life at risk, so played games in our back garden, & took him to pre puppy school, where all dogs are fully vaccinated & he learned to socialise. He hated being separated from me, so a few mins Timeout in his ex pen worked very well for us. He was really good with me when it came to chewing .....I watched closely for the first sign of his mouth opening near my hand etc & then either stopped the play quickly, or gave a toy. He was bad with my DH, drawing blood often, so I had to tell him to get more involved with the puppy. The whole bitey thing went on for a few weeks, but got less & less & by the time he was around 14-15 weeks it began to stop. Now at 5.5 months we have not experienced that for weeks & he is the most beautiful puppy to live with. It is not easy to go through, but it is really worth it, as anyone on this great forum will tell you. I would do it again .....my DH is adamant that won't happen LOL. He now has a great relationship with Loki. Take one day at a time. It will improve, I promise. We have all been through it.
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Absolutely 100% totally normal puppy play. He is doing what he would do while playing with his littermates. Keep lots of soft toys handy and literally put them in his mouth when he goes for skin or clothing and encourage him to play with the toy. Be consistent. It will take several weeks of this to start to see the puppy biting decrease.

You can also teach your puppy to "kiss" instead of bite. Put some peanut butter on your had and when he licks the peanut butter say "kiss kiss". Practice that often, then when he starts to bite say "Kiss" and the goal is to evenually have him lick instead of bite.

Be patient, and be consistent with whatever method you find works to curb the biting.

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We went through this with our current golden (or second). She ripped my husbands nose with her teeth and lunged at us barking. Yes, she was a small bundle of fluff, but so intense.

She also didn't seem to care much about us. It was worrisome.

She is now a truly lovely dog (at 8 months). Do lots and lots of dog training and try not to worry. Soon as it is reasonable, get your pup out for lots for exercise. Get something safe to chew also.

By about 5 months our dog was much improved. She is very loyal and would never dream of biting us deliberately now. Super dog now, but the beginning was rough.

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We also kept a little jar of peanut butter around, and would put a little on the back of our hands, and when Buddy got mouthy, he would start licking instead. Then we would praise him. As soon as he would start biting again, we would withdraw our hand, give him a little time out. He figured out that biting was not getting him anywhere. I think they just outgrow the biting as they mature. Also as others have said, always have a puppy toy ready in your hand when they want to bite. Hang in there, it does get better!
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its just my puppy seems like it does not need me, even in playing that much.
and when we go for a light walks, as she is not vaccinated fully yet, she cries when she does not want to go, and wants to go into a different direction. ANd also pulls on the leash, i wait un til she is sitting in front of me and than we continue.
I was teaching her off and paw, (trying) she seems to lose interest in trying to get the treat out of my hands and just sits and waits looking at me when i dont let go.
i dont know if i taught her sit in a wrong way, maybe? your opinions GR experts??
and she doesnt like to retrieve.when i throw her toys, as she just takes it and shakes it around biting on it growling. She also barks at some toys that she doesnt know what to do with such as a a kng ball which is too big for her.
Are all of these behaviour normal??? Saying NO! firmly seems to be working a little now as she lets go most of the time, but occasionaly she bits down harder, and it hurts i got my hand literally punctured today!!!
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