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Hello Guys,
I'm new at this forum, and also is my first time having a puppy... well last time I had a puppy I was around 6 yrs old , we have a female Golden her name is Pixel she loves to play, run/chasing tennis balls, and sleep! she sleep a lot lol! I guess because she still a baby.
I'm a little concerned that she is bitting a lot, I know that it may be because she still baby and because her teeth are growing so she may want to calm the pain, but I don't know what to do because she bites my feet, and whenever I walk she runs to me and she starts bitting my pants/legs , she also bites my daughter and she get scared... but she bites us playing a LOT, and she doesn't even acknowledge that when i say "no" it means it's bad, she just tries to grab my pants, or shoes ,I have bough toys for her so she can bite but she still want to bite us, when I try to move her or try to walk she grab me even harder I also have try to put a shewing toy in her mouth but not always wors, or not always have a toy around where I'm.
Can you please give me some tips or info of what can I do so she can stop doing this, is this normal? if so until what age? she is 7 weeks old right now.

Thank so much in advance!
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We have all been where you are right now. Golden puppies are little land sharks. There are hundreds of threads here on the different approaches people have used to survive that stage of puppyhood. I used the loud "NO" followed by replacing my hand with an appropriate chew toy myself. Good luck to you.

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Exactly what Oaklys Dad said. We are going through the same thing right now. I yell No loudly & give her something else to chew. SHe loves the small disposable water bottles to chew. Our breeder also said you can grab their snout hooking a thumb over the muzzle & hold a second or 2 while saying no, don't bite. We are trying not to do much rough play as this seems to encourage the biting.
Hang in there, this will last a while. Ours listens to me pretty good but still a lot of trouble with the kids.
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Thank so much for responding, I though I was the only one with this problem!
I just read in a similar post somebody that said that is also a good idea to use an apple spray whenever she bites..??
It says:
If you have bitter apple spray, try spraying it directly in your pup's mouth, and then let her watch you spray it onto your skin. That way, if she bites your hand and begins to taste that bitter apple, she'll immediately think of that awful first taste she had when you sprayed it directly into her mouth.
I'm not sure what's that spray...? I want to try different ways hoping than one of those will work.

I took this picture yesterday:

This picture is really funny because it looks like she is flying lol!!

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Pixel is just a gorgeous little redhead. I can see why you love that picture of her. Here is a thread that might help with the biting. It is normal for those little land sharks to hurt but it will get better. https://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/...t=puppy+biting

Keep the pictures coming of your cutie.

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I LOVE those pictures! I just visited my friend the other day who has a 9 week old Mastiff puppy and she about chewed my hand off! Her grandmom put some of the Kong paste on her hand and let the puppy lick it off - it seemed to calm her desire to use us as chew toys for a few minutes, anyway!
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Both really nice photos.

I always want to say "By the time the dog is 2 years old." whenever someone asks a question that includes the phrase "when will my dog stop...."

For me the biting phase was perhaps the most trying aspect of raising a puppy. I called them little pirannah teeth. We tried the bitter apple, and yelping like a puppy, and being firm and saying no, what seemed to work the best was quickly giving him something soft to hold in his mouth.

Bob, our giant puppy, is now almost 18 months old and most of the time he is able to control himself and not bite. The two exceptions are when I come downstairs in the morning and when I come home from work. Then he is just so excited to see and greet me. So even though his bites are 'gentle' those big choppers can hurt some times.

Whatevery method you decide to try... be patient and consistent. This too will pass.

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I know how you feel, I used to call Bogart sharktooth LOL. That said, don't spray the Bitterapple spray directly into her mouth (you don't want her to be afraid of you) but just spray it onto your hand and I bet she is going to leave you alone for a little while. I laso tried to put a toy into his mouth when ever he was sharktoothy. When he had his wild 15 min I tied him up to our heavy duty livingroom table leg it was like a timeout for him. I had a harness on him so he wouldn't choke himself and then tied him to the table with a cable line. He was still with us but couldn't reach us and he learned to settle down. Then when he was calm I let him go again, when he went for me again he went back on tiedown. I never had to use the crate as a punishment and he loved his crate.
Also I took him to a puppyclass at 11 weeks old and I realized other people had the same problems as I didn.
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