Why do Golden Retrievers Bite?
Golden Retrievers explore the world using their mouths and eventually enjoy chewing on anything that they can. Although it strengthens their teeth and gums, it is not something most people would encourage.
Because they were bred to hunt small game and retrieve it, this breed is more likely to bite. There could be other reasons they are biting at you and your belongings. Dogs can bite when they’re scared, need to be rescued, or are in unfamiliar surroundings. Some dogs chew because they are bored. Biting is an instinctive response to many situations. It must be stopped before it becomes routine.
When Do Golden Retrievers Stop Biting?
Golden Retriever litters usually stops biting between 8 and 14 weeks of age. They’re old enough to have spent enough time with their siblings and mom to realize that they can bite back when they bite. They are forced to bite when they feel threatened.
How to train Golden Retrievers not to bite
There are many ways to get your Goldens to stop biting.
1. Avoidance Training
If you want your dog to be a good person, training is essential. To let your dog know that you aren’t pleased with their behavior, you should say no to them every time they bite you. If your dog does this, you should get away from them. This will let them know that they are not to be tolerated and won’t receive any reward.
2. Keep Them Active
Dogs that are mentally and physically stimulated will be less likely to suffer from behavioral problems. You should exercise them every day. Keep the games light and fun. To teach children how to chew, it helps to use toys that are designed for chewing such as tug-of-war. While they are being trained, don’t allow them to do this.
3. Socialize Them
If possible, enroll your dog in obedience classes as soon as possible. Dogs may feel more threatened than others and can act out when socialized and trained properly. As often as possible, introduce them to other animals and people. If you are afraid that they might inflict injury, you can always bring a muzzle.
4. Positive Reinforcement
Positive reinforcement is the best training method. When your dog behaves in a manner you expect, praise them and give them treats. This type of training is essential and should not be skipped.
How to handle a dog that bites
It can be frightening to have a dog try to bite you. These are some tips to keep in mind for the event.
- Do not pull your hand back
- Teach children to not tease dogs
- Don’t punish your dogs
- Be consistent with your needs