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Smile Biting Problem!

Hello I am new to this forum and I would love to learn a LOT about goldies since I just got myself a goldie puppy. His name is Lucky and he is 3 months and 4 days . I got him a week ago and it was so sweet since I always liked them because of their appearance and character. He has learned the "seat" command and "Lie down" command. But I don't want to over train him. My biggest concern now is his biting problem I bought him more than 10 different toys and he plays with them for a little after that hi likes to bite the furniture his crate, and much more on his way I firmly tell him "No!" but he doesn't care at all until I clap my hands or make a loud noise with my sandals on the floor. I would love to hear any suggestions or help please!


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Try a spray bottle and see if that gets him to stop. Try to draw his attention elsewhere. But, in truth, the "mouthing" is going to happen no matter what you do. I've done my best with Harley (same age as yours) and he insists on grabbing clothes / arms / legs. Stick to your guns and he should grow out of it by the time he loses his baby teeth.
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Our Tucker is almost 10 weeks and we're going through the exact same thing with him. It will pass with time...I hope!

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It truly does pass in time. Just keep being firm that biting is not allowed and be assertive about it! They get the idea pretty quick.
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My puppy Bodie gets a little rambuncious when playing and bites sometimes. I usually give a firm "NO" and he will stop. Sometimes, he gets rough with my other dog and I will clap my hands really loud and tell him NO and he will sometimes stop. It will get better though!
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I tried the bottle spray it worked the first 5 times, but not anymore . He's really sweet and cuddly, but when he gets too excited he loves to bite. By the way, what age does he looses his baby teeth? He has tiny teeth right now. Until what age will he be teething??
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Be patient. He is a very young pup and this behavior is totally normal. He will grow out of it.


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Hello and welcome,
He is a puppy and retrievers use their mouth for their hunting and so everything is fair game for chewing. Distract him when he starts to bite something and give him something to chew on. You can also use Bitter Apple to help im from chewing on things. Spray it on the item you dont want him chewing on. Also get some nylabones, he will love them. He will start the teething soon around 4 months. Check out the puppy section of the forum, there is alot of great information in there in regards to almost every subject.




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It's normal puppy behavior. Be patient, and it will pass.

Our 9 week old little guy has a pretty soft mouth already, but I get him riled up on purpose sometimes because I want him to teach him bite inhibition and self-control. He does like to bite my hair or my nose when I'm lying on the floor when he's really excited/playful, so I lay down on the floor to tempt him a few times a day. Even when they're not hard bites, I still yelp and act like it really hurt me. I go completely silent, stop all playing, put on a really serious, grim, hurt face, and either turn my back on him or walk out of the room. Sometimes I'll even go into the bathroom and slam the door. I always come back after a few seconds and invite him to play again. He usually starts licking when I come back, but if he's still bitey, I freeze and ignore him again.

As far as biting things he shouldn't, I try management techniques to prevent it from happening in the first place. He's in the crate when I can't give him 100% of my attention. I spray all things with bitter apple, and watch my pup at all times. As soon as he shows the slightest sign (showing interest) in items that are forbidden, I redirect his attention and pretty much shove a toy (of similar texture to what he was trying to go for in the first place) in his mouth. And I ALWAYS praise immediately when he starts chewing on the appropriate item.

I think a huge mistake puppy owners make is to yell/correct the "bad action" while ignoring the "good." People usually leave their dogs alone when they are doing the "right thing." It's easy to do that, because you're thinking "Yes! Finally, some peace!" and you want to enjoy it while it lasts. But as soon as the pup does something "bad," you go and correct him. So some puppies start doing bad things because not only was the act rewarding (chewing relieves boredom and it feels good on their teeth), but it also got mommy/daddy to pay attention to him/her.
When Gibon's chewing on his toys, I always calmly praise, smile, give massages, give random treats, and even hold Gibson's nylabones or kongs for him so he has good grip, and interact with him to let him know he's doing the "right thing." I sometimes even bite on his teething toys myself and pretend it's the most interesting thing in the world. It's tiring, yes, but so worth it. I try to make everything crystal clear for my pup and he is doing great so far. I did the same thing with my other Golden from Day 1, too, and he turned out to be the best mannered adolescent Golden I know. To the dog, it makes sense. Hmm... chew on bitter coffee tasting table legs (mom ignores me or makes grim faces at me) vs. chew on the unbitter nylabones (AND mom seems really pleased, massages me, pays me attention to me, interacts with me, and gives me random treats while I chew on this.). Make it an easy choice for your pup.

Good luck! It doesn't all happen overnight and the lightbulb doesn't go off in their heads right away for some pups, but as long as you're patient and consistent, it WILL happen.
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It's normal puppy behavior. Be patient, and it will pass.

Our 9 week old little guy has a pretty soft mouth already, but I get him riled up on purpose sometimes because I want him to teach him bite inhibition and self-control. He does like to bite my hair or my nose when I'm lying on the floor when he's really excited/playful, so I lay down on the floor to tempt him a few times a day. Even when they're not hard bites, I still yelp and act like it really hurt me. I go completely silent, stop all playing, put on a really serious, grim, hurt face, and either turn my back on him or walk out of the room. Sometimes I'll even go into the bathroom and slam the door. I always come back after a few seconds and invite him to play again. He usually starts licking when I come back, but if he's still bitey, I freeze and ignore him again.

As far as biting things he shouldn't, I try management techniques to prevent it from happening in the first place. He's in the crate when I can't give him 100% of my attention. I spray all things with bitter apple, and watch my pup at all times. As soon as he shows the slightest sign (showing interest) in items that are forbidden, I redirect his attention and pretty much shove a toy (of similar texture to what he was trying to go for in the first place) in his mouth. And I ALWAYS praise immediately when he starts chewing on the appropriate item.

I think a huge mistake puppy owners make is to yell/correct the "bad action" while ignoring the "good." People usually leave their dogs alone when they are doing the "right thing." It's easy to do that, because you're thinking "Yes! Finally, some peace!" and you want to enjoy it while it lasts. But as soon as the pup does something "bad," you go and correct him. So some puppies start doing bad things because not only was the act rewarding (chewing relieves boredom and it feels good on their teeth), but it also got mommy/daddy to pay attention to him/her.
When Gibon's chewing on his toys, I always calmly praise, smile, give massages, give random treats, and even hold Gibson's nylabones or kongs for him so he has good grip, and interact with him to let him know he's doing the "right thing." I sometimes even bite on his teething toys myself and pretend it's the most interesting thing in the world. It's tiring, yes, but so worth it. I try to make everything crystal clear for my pup and he is doing great so far. I did the same thing with my other Golden from Day 1, too, and he turned out to be the best mannered adolescent Golden I know. To the dog, it makes sense. Hmm... chew on bitter coffee tasting table legs (mom ignores me or makes grim faces at me) vs. chew on the unbitter nylabones (AND mom seems really pleased, massages me, pays me attention to me, interacts with me, and gives me random treats while I chew on this.). Make it an easy choice for your pup.

Good luck! It doesn't all happen overnight and the lightbulb doesn't go off in their heads right away for some pups, but as long as you're patient and consistent, it WILL happen.
Thank you so much for your help and suggestions. I have bought him lots of toys and today I went to petsmart to buy his puppy food (Nutro Max for large breed pups) and I bought one more toy it's a bone and has different types of bumps to scratch his tiny teeth. He loved it! we read that if you praise him on the good things he does he learns fast, and as you mentioned when he poops outside we praise him once his done, if he seats, lies down, or stops biting we also praise him. We also read that when he bites you even if it was just a tiny bit that you should scream like it really hurt you, although your technique of leaving him and giving him the idea that it hurt and you got mad it's amazing I'll tell my husband and try to practise him, when needed I don't want my puppy to be terrified, but mannered. Where can I buy the apple spray? Once more thank you all for the help.
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