Help - 8 week old golden is not responding to commands and when discplined growls and snaps at me. She is still playing biting when told NO BITE. She will not come when called unless she wants to. We have had 3 goldens and this one is totally different. I need major advice to get a handle on her behavior.
You have a very alpha personality puppy. You need to enroll in an obediance class, a perfessional trainer should be able to help you conqure these problems. Has the dog been spayed or neutered yet? Sometimes that will help. Don't let the dog on the couch with you, or in bed with you. that puts them at your level, and they feel they don't have to listen. You have to establish yourself as the alpha in the pack.
Your puppy is eight weeks old and just developing her personality. She is way to young to be aggressive and is just trying to play with you. I wouldn't worry to much about this and would just train her that humans are very wimpy creatures and can't be bitten to hard. Just get up and move away from her if she gets to rough. Honestly I wouldn't be expecting a baby to be having good recall. She has everything to learn. Be patient and read up on some positive reinforcement training. Good Luck and dont' worry.
You have an 8 week old puppy, and you expect her to come when called, and she's biting and growling? First of all, she's still a baby. Don't use your hands to play with her, but use a toy to distract her from your hand. She is far too young to be coming everytime you call her. I don't know what type of pups you had before, but what you are describing is perfectly normal behaviour in a dog of her age. All pups are different, and she is probably a bouncy energetic little girl, not a laid back lump, like some pups. I would firstly concentrate on potty training her, and play with her lots, just not with your hands. Persevere with the 'No bite' and she will learn, but I would not expect her to learn it at 8 weeks. In fact if she was a pup that I had bred, she'd still be at home with her mother. What were the rest of the litter like? Was she the one who was bossy and more active than the rest? If she is an alpha female, she will have lots of energy and spark, and there is nothing wrong with that. There is nothing to be gained by not letting the puppy up on the couch with you, just don't let her bite. I would not even think about a behaviourist, and would enroll her in puppy classes at around the 3-4 month old mark. Get a pile of different toys that she likes tugging and chewing on, and keep her busy with those. Also get her used to you touching her paws, and try a few swipes with the brush, although she will probably just try and bite it. Get her used to being touched and inspected, using a toy for distraction, with your other hand. Don't worry, she will learn everything you are teaching her with patience, and persistance.