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what can I do?????Please help!!!

I am looking for some advice...we have a 11month golden named Jake. I love him to pieces and he is such a well-behaved dog EXCEPT when I take him out to play in our yard after a few minutes of playing he starts jumping on me and biting. I have used the word "no" with him, kneed him, put him in a timeout, and left him outside to calm down. It is starting to upset me because I enjoy bringing him outside and playing with him daily but now it is starting to be a chore. Here are a few of my thoughts....
1-I am the primary caregiver for Jake. I am the one that takes him outside to play (my boyfriend doesn't take him out much) and I feel that it is overload sometimes for Jake (Jake thinks I have mommy all too myself and gets really excited) and that leads to the behavior.
-Jake doesn't do this behavior when we are in other ppl yards or anywhere but our yard. I am not sure why this is?
-Jake will do this behavior for a month and then stop for two months but then the behavior starts again.
-My boyfriend thinks I am not stern with him and that is why he does it. I think he gets too excited when he sees me and that leads to the behavior.
-I think that if my boyfriend takes him out to play during the day then he won't have so much energy when I come home from work.
-Will Jake grow out of it?

As you can see this behavior has been bothering me and I am hoping someone can shine some light onto this situation. I love taking Jake outside and exercising him and I am frustrated that we always have to cut our playtime short b/c of his behavior....PLEASE HELP!!!!
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First ...Welcome to the forum. These are very common golden retriever puppy problems. Trust me you and Jake are not alone. For the jumping don't use the knee thing. Cross your arms over your chest and look at the sky. Don't give Jake any attention until he is calm. For the biting make sure you take a toy in the yard with you and teach him to play tug with that rather than your hand/arm. There is a ton more info on this forum but this will give you a couple of things to try. Good luck to you and we would love to see a picture of Jake.



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Sounds like he's just getting a bit over excited out there playing with you. Do you guys fetch or play with toys out in the yard or are you just running around with him getting him riled up? I'd definitely do what Oakly's Dad said and when he jumps up, just cross your arms, turn you back to him (you may end up making circles as he keeps trying to get in front of you lol) and just don't look at him. He'll learn that when he jumps on you, he gets no attention (and even saying "no" and acknowledging him is attention - negative attention) and when he has all 4 feet on the floor, he gets loved on and playtime with mom. It takes time, but these are all common problems with new puppies.. and they do get better with time and consistant training!!
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Our 11 mo old Lucy is ALOT like Jake!!! She has just started to bite feet. When the kids or one of us walks through the room....if Lucy wants to play, she'll latch on to your shoe (or bare foot!) We tell her "NO FEET" but to her it's just blah blah blah sometimes.

She absolutley LOVES to play ....constantly, with anything or anyone. She never seems to want to stop until it's time for bed. But from what I've heard, that's a golden. She does have an issue with jumping up on people when they come to our house, or stop to say hello when we're on a walk. I don't know how to break her of that. She does have an Ecollar, set on tone only. When she hears the tone, usually she does listen, unless she's SO EXCITED to see someone. She'll completely ignore you.

She is a great dog and is very smart. I keep hoping she'll calm down some, but I hear that probably won't happen until 2 or 3 yrs or so! I love her puppy energy and personality. Come summer time, when the snow's gone, we'll be outside more and get more than our 1 or 2 daily walks.

I am curious----what does Jake weigh? We weighed Lucy a couple of weeks ago and she was 76lbs. She's got long legs and is pretty tall compared to others I've seen. She's not really fat. You can feel her ribs, and can see a 'waist' on her. Maybe she's just big. I don't know.

Thanks for your info----
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I had this same problem with Butters when he was about 9-10 months old maybe. He would do this when I told him "no" and pointed my finger at him. He would go NUTS! I thought he just didn't like to be told "no"... turns out, he thought I was playing with him and it got him all riled up! It sounds to me like Jake is just REALLY excited about playing. Like everyone else said, turn your back and don't give him any attention when he does this. Turn back around, and when he sits and gives you his full and patient attention, lather him with praise! He will figure out why he is being praised/ignored eventually! GOOD LUCK!
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Oh I have a little story to go along with my post that I forgot about... So, like I said, the wagging of the finger got Butters really excited. My mom was watching Butters for me one time while I was out of town and he was in the bathroom with her while she was taking a bath. He put his paws up on the bathtub like he was going to come in. My mom pointer her finger at him and said "NO!" She said he went NUTS! He was jumping up and down and lunging at her... she said she didn't know whether he was going to bite her or come bounding in the bathtub... she laughs about it now!
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I wanted to add a pic of Lucy to my last post, but couldn't get it right. Hopefully this one will load. It was taken in January with our 8lb rat terrier.

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Put a leash on him when you take him out to play. Step hard on the leash when he does wrong and grabs or jumps on you. This keeps him off you, gives you control and makes you the dominant in the yard. Stepping on the leash keeps his head down.
One thing to remember is dogs live in the moment. You have to make the correction at the moment the problem happens, so he can understand that is a bad behavior.
If you just stop, leave he just says, ok. If you try to give him a piece of your mind later he won't associate it to the real problem. Timing is the key. Be the dominant, it is his job to please you. Don't use the word "no", it has to many meanings.
When you step on the leash or knee him in the chest us the word "off". He will associate the word "off" with keeping all four feet on the ground.

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