I have a five month puppy that still bites, what can i do to stop it?
(RSM, Ca, United States)
My five month old Labrador/Golden Retriever mix still bites.
He often bites when we won't allow him to mouth on us. He also continues to bark at guys.
I was wondering if there was a way to help stop it.
Hi Taylor Some puppies are definitely 'mouthier' than others, and Retrievers are one of the breeds that can be like this.
Puppies that have left their momma and siblings before they're at least 8 weeks old are also likely to bite excessively as they didn't have a chance to learn 'bite inhibition' naturally, or learn appropriate canine social behaviors.
You will need to be VERY consistent with correcting this behavior, and everyone needs to correct him. Inconsistent rules can cause lessons to take a long time to be learned.
I'd recommend reading my Puppy Biting page for tips and advice on dealing with this behavior. If you aren't successful after following that advice consistently for at least 2 weeks, then you may want to seek some professional help.
Enrolling your pup in an obedience class at a local dog obedience school would be a good first step. A qualified and experienced dog trainer will be able to give some 'hands on' help with this sort of behavior. A dog behavioral specialist may also be an idea.
All puppies nip/bite to some degree, and it is a normal behavior. However, it needs to be stopped as early as possible. If you can't reduce his biting yourselves, get some help as soon as you can.
Some basic training should also help with the barking. This could be a fear-based behavior, or it could be his guarding instinct starting to show up (although Labradors and Golden Retrievers are not generally good guard dogs!) or attention-seeking. Plenty of socializing can help with this.
I wish you the best of luck, hopefully you will have this under control soon.