We have a golden retriever he is 1. He is gorgeous and very friendly, but sometimes when he is playful or wants his way he will bit us, and we say NO Bite and try to walk away, but then he nips our butts. It can hurt sometimes and it causes a concern to me. We use the bitter apple spray and it stops it for that moment and then he starts up again. Any suggestions?
I have a dog that likes to do that also. BELIEVE ME - it is a serious problem. It will only get worse as time goes on. They seem to not understand that it's bad, and they only view it as playing. I think it has a lot to do with how they were socialized with their littermates. Usually, when they play fight, they learn from their siblings that that is not o.k. Somehow...some dogs seem not to learn that lesson. I would highly suggest you contact a trainer A.S.A.P. It made a big difference for my dog. It is a potentially dangerous situation, and your dog needs to learn right now that it is not acceptable behavior to bite...ever. Good luck :)
goldens are very mouth oriented. my lab was like this (was, i say, there is hope!) one thing i was taught by a trainer is to grab their lower jaw when they mouth. have your palm on the bottom of their jaw and with your thumb try to hold their tongue down. she also said to squeeze a bit so that their lip is against their teeth. you can also try to stick you fingers in their throat. yuck, slimy. don't have to give any commands, just hold. then let go. they learn that their teeth on a human is not pleasant. everyone has to do this consistently. when you let go you can give verbal praise if they don't go back to mouthing. you can try petting under the chin or on their chest, but if the dog goes to mouth again, forget that and just give verbal praise. watch the dog and don't let her get behind you to bite your butt. training class would be good for general over all behavior help, too.
When biting happens put your hand around his muzzle push the muzzle down and in a husky voice say no. Then if he plays nice reward and repeat with the muzzle if biting happens again.When he bites do the muzzle thing and ignore for 20 min then reward for being good. Ignore the dog otherwise. Nothing good should come from you when biting.