Ten week old Female Golden Puppy who wants to play bite with my hands and arm
(Solana Beach, Ca.)
Out front of her three sisters...
I have an English Female Golden Retriever puppy now for two and a half weeks in my house. She is sweet natured, however, she has trouble with "NO" when it comes to biting my hand and my arm.
My trainer asked me to buy a bbq mit that goes above my elbow, and I did that. I put it on, and the puppy doesn't like it so she goes for the part of my arm that is above the top of the long mitt.
I say NO firmly and then sometimes she will and sometimes she will not stop, and I need to get out of my chair and change the activity. I am handicapped, and being alone to do all the
training at age 61 is challenging, but I lost my
eleven year old female Golden last year who was
obedient and submissive and usually listened, as she got older, it was more difficult for her, but she still was a very nice dog.
I have an area of my kitchen partitioned off for
my puppy that is gated and has access to her side yard that also is fenced so she has what I would call, "the life of riley" I just do not know how to deter this biting and have dozens of other things for her to chew, so I think that she just wants to show me something by doing it..
Is this aggression or is this her trying to establish who is the pack leader here?
Although it is annoying, frustrating and sometimes painful, this is actually perfectly normal puppy behavior. Most puppies bite and nip, and some breeds tend to be more stubborn about it than others. Retrievers and Herding Dogs are among the 'mouthiest' breeds.
However, don't worry about this being an aggressive behavior. It is most often simply an attention-seeking behavior at this age, although it can develop into domination if not dealt with early on.
I'd recommend that you read my Puppy Biting page, as it has tons of tips and advice on dealing with puppy nipping and biting.
A firm "NO BITE" and withdrawing attention is the best way to start, if that's not successful try using the 'water spray bottle' method that I talk about on the Puppy Biting page. It's usually effective. The fact that your mobility is impaired is definitely going to make it more challenging for you, but it sounds as though you have a good set-up and know what you are doing.
Golden Retrievers are very smart dogs, but your little one is just a baby still so don't expect too much of her all at once. She will learn what is expected and as she matures this sort of behavior will diminish. Just be patient and consistent in your training and she will 'get the hang of it'.
I wish you the very best of luck with your pup.