Golden retriever puppies are energetic, smart, playful dogs. They are great dogs for families and can make a great companion.
All puppies go through a teething phase. It’s essential to learn about all phases puppies go through so you can train and teach them how to behave.
When Do Golden Retrievers Stop Teething? Golden Retrievers usually teeth until around 6 months of age when all their adult teeth have grown in. Even beyond this age, many dogs in all breeds, including golden retrievers, will continue to chew.
Even when the “teething” phase is over many Golden Retrievers will continue to chew on things even as adults.
This is a healthy activity as long they learn to chew on a toy or bone and not your shoes or furniture. These habits can be changed or redirected in positive ways through training and understanding your dog’s needs.
Golden Retrievers and Teething
Just like people, Golden Retriever puppies have baby teeth that usually come in at the age of 3 to 4 weeks. They will lose these baby teeth when their adult teeth come in. This usually happens around 6 months but can occur as late as 7 or 8 months.
Signs of Teething
It is normal for dogs to chew on things even when they are not teething. There are few signs to look for in your puppies to determine if they are teething.
- Lack of appetite– This symptom is typical and not something to worry about. Make sure to continue to give them food. Dry food is preferred over wet food because it will help with the teething and gums.
- Blood on chew toys– You may find blood on items that your puppy has been chewing on. This is due to swollen gums and is also normal during teething.
Chew toys and bones are great things to give your puppies while they are teething. Frozen chew toys are available which can be soothing and help with the pain. Ice cubes are another easy thing to give your puppies, and those are cheap and easy to find.
How to Get Your Golden Retriever to Stop Chewing
Chewing is natural and healthy for dogs, even when they are no longer in their teething phase. It is important that you teach your dog what is appropriate to chew on and what is not.
Chewing can help strengthen their teeth and gums, but it can become a destructive habit if your puppy is not taught the right things to chew on.
Teaching your Golden Retriever to stop chewing in the right way will affect the way your dog behaves later on in life.
If you are too harsh in your responses to your puppy, you could alter some of his behaviors. Golden Retrievers do not react well to harsh punishment. Harsh punishments can result in your dog becoming more aggressive as it gets older.
It might also do the opposite and make your dog become submissive and sad. Using harsh punishments to stop teething will more than likely take away all the great characteristics that your Golden Retrievers has that make it such a great dog.
There are positive ways to redirect your puppies teething or chewing. These responses will train your puppy on how to chew on the correct items in a lovely caring way.
1- The Switch– completely stopping chewing all together is not impossible, but it is difficult, especially with Golden Retrievers, who are known to chew throughout their whole lives. When you find them chewing on something that they should not be you should replace it with a chew friendly item.
Make sure the puppy sees you switch the item. You need to be clear that the toy is for chewing, and the other item is not. This process takes consistency. You need to make sure you replace the item each time you see the puppy chew on a non-chew toy.
2- Stay Active– Golden Retrievers are an extremely active breed. They should be walked and exercised regularly.
Dogs that are bored tend to chew more. Keep them active and try to find activities and things for them to do throughout the day.
3- Limit Space– You might find that your dog chews more when you are not at home. Limit the access your dog has in the home. You can even try crate training while you are gone.
4- Aversion Spray– these sprays are put directly on the item that your dog is continuing to chew on. They usually make the item taste or smell bad, keeping the dog from wanting to chew on it. This technique should be coupled with training to be most effective.
Do Golden Retrievers Get Aggressive
Golden Retrievers have a reputation of being a gentle, friendly dog. This does not mean that they can not become aggressive with people. All dogs have the ability to become aggressive and manifest in ways like growling or biting.
Golden Retrievers are among the top 5 popular breeds of dogs for families. They are active dogs and usually have a pleasant demeanor. There are environmental things that can cause your Golden Retriever to become more aggressive.
- Harsh punishment- I mentioned earlier that Golden Retrievers do not respond well to harsh punishment. Especially in the extreme side of beatings and abuse. This can cause them to become aggressive in nature.
- Neglect-Dogs need attention and love. Neglecting your Golden Retriever could have negative effects on their behavior. They need to stay active and engaged with their owners.
- Living in rural areas-Golden Retrievers that have not been exposed to many people could tend to be more aggressive.
What If My Golden Retriever Starts Biting?
Teething and biting are not the same things. If your Golden Retriever puppy starts biting this is an issue that you must address directly.
Puppies will tend to bite on children more than adults because they are trying to determine who is in charge.
It is best to get your puppies into training when they are young. This is the best time for them to learn what behaviors are okay and which are not.
There are also many training tips and methods online, these can be helpful in teaching your puppy not to bite.
It is important that if your puppy nips and bites at you that you firmly tell them “No” and let them know that biting is not acceptable.
Until your puppy is trained and you fully trust them around your children you should always supervise your Golden Retriever when it is in the presence of children.
Other Characteristics of Golden Retrievers
Golden Retrievers look like they are always smiling. They are kind and gentle by nature but have tons of energy that needs to be released.
Some of their other characteristics include:
- Smart and eager to please
- High energy when puppies. Early training is recommended.
- In need of exercise and stimulation. Daily walks and games like fetch to keep the entertained are important for Golden Retrievers.
- Shed a lot and have a distinct order. Not the best breed for those with allergies!
- A heavier coat that needs regular grooming.
- Health problems. Unfortunately, Golden Retrievers are known to have many chronic illnesses. Some live to 12 or 13 years but many others only live to around 6 or 7 years due to health problems.
If you are looking into getting a Golden Retriever to make sure you understand all of their needs and characteristics. With all the information, you will be able to determine if this breed is the right fit for you and your family.
Golden Retrievers can make a great family member, but they require attention and training. They are loyal and loving and require the same things in return.