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Most golden puppies are very mouthy. One of the ways they experience their world is by putting everything in their mouth. This is normal puppy behavior. But for us it isn't appropriate behavior so we have to give them alternative ways to act so we aren't always getting hurt. Since this is such a natural action for them we need to do a lot of training of what we really want them to do.
When puppies get to the point of jumping and snapping at our faces they are way over excited and need to be calmed down. They get excited really fast when they are little so many times it happens before we can change the dynamics. Over time by really watching the pup you will be able to see that the pup is getting to excited before the pup gets to this point and will be able to redirect the pup to calmer activities before it gets out of hand.
But the pup does need lots of training.
Training happens when the puppy isn't over excited. Take time daily to train the things you want the puppy to do. Such as sit, down, leave it, drop it, give, trade etc.
When the pup puts his or her mouth on you all play stops. Say ouch. Do not give the pup any attention for about 30 seconds. Then resume play if pup settles down. If the pup won't settle down then the pup needs to be placed in a safe place and given something quiet to do for a little while. There are tons of good posts on the golden retriever forum that you can search that will give you many different things to help train your pup.
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