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Old 01-29-2019, 07:51 AM
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My 10 Mo. Goldador Always Bites Me When I Pet Her!

And it's not only that, she pretty much only bites me when I pet her. If I'm walking around or whatever, she'll follow no problem. But she's a very needy dog, always wanting love. Thing is, I can't give it to her all the time. Whenever I give her like 10 min. of petting (which I do multiple times a day, usually), I always sit down with her. Is it this?


I'm pretty much her "alpha," I'm the boss, but she basically bites everyone. Perhaps the reason it seems like she always bites me is because I give her the most positive attention, by far.


I want to exercise her, but in Canada, it's the dead of winter right now, and there's no way I'm going out in -35, -40 C.


Any ideas? All help is appreciated!
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Old 01-29-2019, 08:13 AM
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When you say biting are you talking about mouthing? If so thats pretty common- generally an easy fix. Dogs obviously dont have hands so they use their mouths for things. I wouldnt punish her for it, but you'll want to be firm. When the mouthing starts all attention stops. Put her in a crate or another room for a few minutes if you have to. Do it the second the mouthing starts. Dont say anything, dont make a big deal out of it, just put her away for a few. Rinse and repeat. I keep german shepherds, a very very mouthy breed, and this is how I generally get them to stop mouthing. It's gonna take some time if she's already made it a habit. Sometimes just stopping the attention is enough to get the point across, sometimes they get more demanding and mouth more when you start ignoring them, hence putting them in a crate or another room. Basically when the dog mouths, it doesnt get punished per se but all fun stops.
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If you are talking about actual biting and not “mouthing” as mentioned above, you need to get her to the vet to look into a physical reason such as pain for the biting.


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It's mouthing, yes, but because she's bigger her bites really hurt. And why do you think it is that she only bites me?
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You have a combination of two retrieving breeds which are mouthy. You also have a puppy.
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I'm pretty much her "alpha," I'm the boss, but she basically bites everyone. Perhaps the reason it seems like she always bites me is because I give her the most positive attention, by far.
How old was she when you adopted her? How long have you had her?

You say she is only biting you, but then you say she is biting everyone. When is she biting the other people? Is it family members or anyone who interacts with her?

Is she biting when people try to pet her over her head or on top of her head? Some dogs do not appreciate this.

She may be trying to mouth to play. Most pups need to be taught bite inhibition when they are young so that if they do bite on human skin it will be veeeeery gentle only, and not hurt like you are saying.

So many folks think puppy biting is cute, but when the dog gets big it is not so cute, right?
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Here is another post I wrote earlier that may help you and your dog to stop biting you... if it is merely normal puppy mouthing/play nipping.

Here's my earlier post:

Oh, I remember those days with my Puma pup!! We called it shark biting! Ouch!!!

So when Puma would start biting us, I would immediately redirect with a safe toy that she could chomp down on.

No punishment at all, just redirect. After all, remember puppy mouthing is normal, they just need to be taught NOT to bite on human skin. If you didn't teach your dog earlier, it is ok, start now

I even kept a small plushie toy around my neck on a cord for instant redirection. Especially when I was socializing her around other people. I never wanted her to practice biting on others, even in fun.

If the toy redirection didn't work, I would get up and leave the room for a quick moment to show her that I wasn't interested in engaging in that type of behavior. I didn't say anything, just got up and left for a moment. Usually leaving the room for less than a minute is sufficient to teach the dog that hard play biting brings the play time to a halt.

I'm personally not a fan of sticking a dog in their crate for a quick "time out" for play biting like this, bc I always want my dogs to looooove their crate and never have any negative association with their crate.

Plus you can get bit moving the dog to the crate if the pup is still trying to play bite. I had better luck with just getting up and leaving room for a moment. Keep a baby gate close by and this will really help to quickly and safely separate yourself from the dog for a quick moment.

***I also would say "ouch" but not in a shrieky high pitch. That excited tone can just heighten some dogs-- and make them play harder. So for us it was a simple Ouch, sort of a tone like you hurt my feelings. This will help teach your dog bite inhibition, meaning if they do put their teeth on human skin it should be very gentle.


But---when the shark biting became too rambunctious at night, because she was overtired I would simply put her in her cozy crate gently with a safe chewy item like a bully stick. No punishment at all. Soon we would find her crashed out sleeping soundly. Soon we could just tell her in a fun happy voice, "Puma, go to your crate" and she would run there happily knowing she would get a great chewie in her crate.

And, yup, she would always get so much more shark bitey at night time. It is kinda like a toddler getting overtired.

When a dog is overtired they are most likely beyond the ability to learn and train, so I have found it is just best to send them gently to their crate or bed or relaxing place to sleep it off. Pups need A LOT of sleep!!!

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How old was she when you adopted her? How long have you had her?

You say she is only biting you, but then you say she is biting everyone. When is she biting the other people? Is it family members or anyone who interacts with her?

Is she biting when people try to pet her over her head or on top of her head? Some dogs do not appreciate this.

She may be trying to mouth to play. Most pups need to be taught bite inhibition when they are young so that if they do bite on human skin it will be veeeeery gentle only, and not hurt like you are saying.

So many folks think puppy biting is cute, but when the dog gets big it is not so cute, right?
I believe she was 2.5 mo. old when we got her in early June, 2018.


I'm sorry if I've confused you. She seems to mostly only bite me, but occasionally she'll snap at others. We do have young, rambunctious kids in the house though, so...yeah. Then if my dad goes to pet her she'll be fine for a minute, and then start mouthing. But yes, she mostly only bites me. I'm the person she interacts with in a positive way the most. She's pretty gentle with the baby (who is walking and screaming, yada yada yada), though.


I've actually thought before that maybe she doesn't like me petting a certain part, but I've observed that otherwise, she doesn't care if I touch her head.


I've been doing the whole "bite inhibition" training for a week or two now, and it seems to be improving. She's a real chewer (eats everything) and we can't go into the city because of the weather. But it's easing up really soon so we'll go in and I'll buy her some toys to devour
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Very much related--interesting thing just happened a few minutes ago with me and my Puma pup. Thought it would be cool to share here.

So...tonight we were outside playing with one of Puma's plush toys. I was throwing it to her up in the air for her to catch and then carry up the path. I am teaching her to "bring" or carry an item as we walk around outside. I also was using this game to practice our "drop it" and "ready?" lessons. And I wanted to tire her out a bit before we got home to my Gracie dog and lil Sparky and the cats

Anyway--suddenly I tossed the toy in the air and somehow we crossed paths and I felt her teeth on my arm. I absolutely know this was is error by either her or me. More of a passing graze, not a bite.

But---still I did my gentle "owwww" from our prior bite inhibition training. And guess what? She immediately dropped her toy, stopped playing and licked up at my arm several times, all concerned!! Made me so happy, so sweet. She is 54 lbs and solid, so I strive for gentleness all around with her.

Gentle humane training goes such a long way to form such a nice loving bond with your dog
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If you can't get out bc of the harsh cold weather, maybe spend some time doing fun games and tricks with your dog. That will tire her out and maybe keep her from chewing which could be in part due to boredom or stress relief.

I play lots of impulse control games with my dogs.
Super fun and rewarding for all!
Practice "leave it" with small food bits or kibble. Start with just one piece of food/kibble then work your way up to several bites or extra yummy higher value bites.

"Leave it" game is fantastic for all kinds of things later in life.
Like when I take Puma shopping with me, and she sees something she wants to grab, I can tell her leave it. Usually we make a fun game out of it as we are shopping and I say "Hey Puma, where's leave it?" She knows now to look at the item, then look back at me and get her reward-- yummy treat and awesome praise.

And now I can "arc" her body with say 6-9 treats all around her and ask her to do three tricks while food is still in front of her. I then say "ok" release word and she can then go eat all the treats. So much fun.

Plus I do tons of voice work with my dogs where they are trained to speak and say things and count, etc. I just wrote some posts about all this if you are interested in doing this with your dog.

Basically you can make up any games or tricks and this will tire your dog out!

Just make sure you make it FUN!!!!!And rewarding!!!
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