How to stop a golden retriever puppy from biting

It starts off being cute until it gets to the point that leaves you asking the big question. Is this getting of hand?

Well, that’s the question I certainly asked myself when my pup was getting a little tad beyond herself.

Its fun to play games and run around with your golden but you also need to understand that there is a fine line between fun time and aggressive behavior.


When I first got hold of my pup she was the cutest thing ever, and I honestly mean that from the bottom of my heart.

This post will discuss how to stop a golden retriever puppy from biting through my experience and skills I have developed with my dog. But over the following weeks, she started to become quite a nightmare which I’m sorry to say…but its the truth. From chewing up my shoes to running around the house and biting anything and anyone that went near her.

It was time that I set out to find a solution before things got completely out of hand. The funny thing is that I have always been one of those parents who look at other dogs running around like crazy and judge them. Well, now I was getting a taste of my own medicine and to say the least it was quite bitter in the mouth. Why does this happen though?

What causes this behavior?

There is a simple answer to why goldens love to bite when they are young for 2 reasons mainly. One is because they are teething and needed something to chew on and secondly because they are dogs and that’s how they like to play.

But as the leader of the pack, it is your job to make sure that they are put in place and managed with this kind of behavior as it can very easily get out of hand as they become adult dogs. The term that is used for your golden licking and nibbling nonstop is called ‘mouthing’. Before we get onto how I fixed this problem. There’s a little more you should know on this topic of mouthing first.

Why do golden retrievers mouth?

Mouthing is simply a way that dogs get familiar with their environment. This could mean nipping or sniffing to better understand their surroundings. You may find that your dog tends to grab your hand with their mouths.

It doesn’t always mean that they are trying to do something bad but you should pay close attention to how often they do it. In some rare cases, I’ve heard of adult dogs doing this too and if you find yourself in that kind of scenario then you maybe would want to take it a little more seriously.

Anyways, I’m sure you have heard enough about why your dog may be doing this, so in the next section, we will discuss how you can potentially stop the biting.

How to train your golden retriever to stop biting?

It wasn’t until things got completely out of control that I finally decided to take action with my dog’s behavior. My husband was really annoyed at this point too but I and the kids had more tolerance than him.

When I first went out on the search for a solution, I looked into dog training centers and hiring a professional trainer to come to our home. And to be honest, everything seemed way out of our budget or a little too time-consuming.

So because of that I never got the problem fixed and the issues continued for months on end. Not long after my husband finally got to the point where he had enough and my dogs misbehaving was causing us to fall out.

How to stop golden retriever from biting

Although this post was focused around puppies it’s still important to know how to handle the biting and nipping problem moving forward. The reason being that your golden puppy will not stay as a puppy for long and if you aren’t equipped with the right training and knowledge to maintain that kind of behavior, then you may have a problem on your hands down the line.

A few ways you can get started with helping an adult dog to stop biting involve:

  • Bite Inhibition
  • Obedience Training
  • Health checkups
  • Toys

Whilst a few of the methods on the list may not seem helpful, they certainly all have their place as any type of unusual behavior is usually a sign of unusual problems. That’s why you got to stay on top of health, training the lot! To give you quick help with what actions you can take to stop this now, I’ve got a quick video for you to check out below.

Nip this in the bud pronto!

I knew that something had to be done but I couldn’t afford it just yet as we were moving into a new home later that year and to make up the money I was working overtime. It just so happened that I managed to find the solution when I least expected it in my workout class.

A friend of mine explained that she too had been through very similar problems with her pooch and went on to explain that she had taken an online course that seemed to do the trick.

The best solution to stop your dog from biting

When I first heard that a training course was the answer to this problem, I almost laughed right in her face. Not because of the fact that it was a course online but more at the fact that I never thought that I can implement the teachings correctly.

To be honest I was completely skeptical about the whole thing at first. But it worked which is why I recommend that you try out online dog obedience training too. And secondly, because I couldn’t understand how a course could teach a normal person like me how to train dogs to a semi-professional level.

As it was my only option I decided to swallow my pride and do a little more digging to see what I could find on how this course did for others. And to my surprise, I could only seem to find good reviews or good things that people had to say about it.

Free access to a professional trainer

After seeing all the reviews I decided to pull the trigger and give the course a try. I mean it wasn’t like I was spending that much cash as it was only around $150 at the time.

Which is still way more than it is now! The following evening when I got home from work, I let my husband know that I would be going through it for a few hours and so I got stuck in right away.

Because the course had an index page, I was able to quickly navigate to the problem I had and immediately find the info I need to try out. There were a few cool tips that I found right away that really made sense to me on why my dog was behaving like this and what I could do to improve it.

A few of the actual tips included:

  • Using bitter taste spray
  • Distraction toys that stop biting
  • Authoritative instructions from parents

The weirdest part was the fact that after I went through the course I was able to see that the problem only really developed because of me. It was hard to deal with at first but I thought that if I was going to fix it, I would need to be strong and understand that things can get better.

Besides if I had it my way then my husband would be out before the dog, so I’m not sure where he thought he was going with the argument.

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My results from the brain training for dogs program

From taking the program and testing out some of the tips my dog over the course of a few weeks. I really started to notice a difference in her behavior. Not only that, but there was also a difference in me, and it was all for the better.

Because of that, it gave me the confidence to continue earning and trying new things that the program recommended, to the point where my pup started to stop all of the bad behavior and things once again became peaceful in the house.

After everything, I would definitely say that it was well worth the money I spent and to say the least. The best part was that I also got full access to the course trainer Adrienne Farricelli. She is always there whenever I need her and gave me real tips that I can use right on the spot.

How to get hold of the training

After taking the program, I literally can’t recommend it enough as it has done wonders for me. I cannot guarantee that it will do the same for you, but for 50 bucks, what is there really to lose.

I managed to get a special deal from the course owner for this blog that I would like to share with you today. Here you can get it for just $47 which is a  total steal for what you get.

Still on the fence? Don’t worry I got you covered! Here a link to my complete review that will answer your question before you buy it.


A few years back I thought that I couldn’t even take care of my dog. Biting was a small problem in comparison to the rest and things seemed like it would never end. I honestly didn’t think that taking an online course would fix things, but it did and now I’m recommending that you do the same too.

Rachael Summers

Rachael Summers

Rachael Summers is the Founder and Senior Editor at Dig Doggy. She is a lifelong canine enthusiast and adores dogs of all shapes and sizes! Rachael also loves iced coffee, hammocks, and puppy-cuddling!

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Rachael Summers

Rachael Summers is the Founder and Senior Editor at Dig Doggy. She is a lifelong canine enthusiast and adores dogs of all shapes and sizes! Rachael also loves iced coffee, hammocks, and puppy-cuddling!

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