How do you teach a puppy to stop biting?

United States
July 19, 2008 12:10pm CST
My boyfriend's family just got a new puppy. It's a Golden Retreiver. She is only about 2 months old but she has this horrible habit of biting. She was raised with many other Golden Retriever puppies and I think she is having a hard time realizing that people don't bite when they play. The biggest concern right now is that she keeps snapping at everyone's face. I do not think she means any harm but is just confused. Does anyone know of a good way to get her out of that habit? They bought her some chew toys but she would still rather chew on toys and ears. Any advice would be helpful, thank you.
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• United States
19 Jul 08
One of my favorite stories to quote from National Public Radio is a story about a lady who followed zoo animal trainers to write something about their behavior modification techniques. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=87892614 I have yet to purchase Amy Sutherland's book, although from reading the article, I believe that it would be worthwhile... I'm not sure if the article will exactly answer your question about the golden retriever (she does mention dog training part way through...), but maybe it will help?
@snowy22315 (47219)
• United States
19 Jul 08
I would jsut let her know gently but firmly that biting is not ok. My cat used to do that and I would just tell him firmly "no bite" I still watch him but he doesnt really do it anymore. YOur golden I'm sure is smarter than my cat so he should catch on pretty fast. He wants to please you.
• United States
19 Jul 08
that is normal for any dogs to start biting when they are young. it's young and not disciplined yet so just give it some time to learn how things work in the human world. i think this is your first time to have a puppy.