BEHAVIOR

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This section of Totally Goldens is home to all the articles on Golden Retriever behavior and behavior problems.

Going through life with a badly behaved dog can be very demanding and stressful, usually resulting in a lower quality of life for both dog and owner alike.

With the articles in this category, my aim is to first help you understand and if need be improve your dogs behavior through strategic Training.

The list of articles will be growing all the time to cover everything from understanding what natural behavior is, why Golden Retrievers behave the way do, what behavior problems are, how they can develop and how to solve common Golden Retriever behavior problems.

Why Do Golden Retrievers Behave The Way They Do?

I think every owner has a duty to learn what makes a dog tick.

Even though we’ve integrated dogs into every aspect of our lives, they’re still dogs and not human. They have different instincts, drives and needs to us that fuel their behavior.

The key to raising a well balanced and well behaved dog is first understanding what these different behavioral needs are, then finding acceptable ways to satisfy those needs.

With that in mind, these first few articles discuss why you should learn to understand your dog and where does a dogs behavior come from:

Learn To Understand Your Golden Retrievers Thoughts And Feelings

Dogs are highly expressive animals. If you learn to interpret their body language and signals, as well as their barks and growls, you can determine exactly how they’re thinking and feeling.

This opens up a whole new level of communication because you can then adjust how you behave toward your dog and what you ask of them depending on their state of mind.

A dog that’s understood, with an owner that adjusts to their feelings, will be happier and feel more secure and trusting which makes the dog-owner relationship stronger. And this impacts every aspect of your lives together.

These next few articles will help you to understand your Golden Retriever:

Solving Behavior Problems

The following articles discuss the most common Golden Retriever behavior problems.

Each article will discuss not only what the problem is, but the most probable reason for the behavior being seen and the recommended training for you to solve the problem.

The best way to deal with behavior problems is not to let them develop in the first place. So some articles will be preventative, like the first one on the training of bite inhibition. However, many will be focused on treating and stopping behavior problems:

VIDEO: Effective Dog Training – Ian Dunbar

A video in which Dr Ian Dunbar discusses just a few of the ways to train a dog

More importantly, along the way he discusses some very interesting ideas on dog behaviors and how our own behavior has a huge effect. Well worth a watch (as are all of Ian Dunbars videos!)

Useful Resources

For further reading on canine behavior and behavior problems, please see this short list of external resources:

Golden Retriever Behavior And Behavior Problem Solving Archive

Please find below every article on behavior and behavior problems on this site.

At the bottom of the page are links to any previous pages and posts on the subject.

If you have any questions or comments please leave them under an article. I’d be very happy to hear from you and will help whenever I can!

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Train Your Golden Retriever to Stop Jumping Up on People

It’s happened again. Your neighbor stopped by for an unexpected visit, and as the back door opened, before you had time to act or even think, your visitor was on the floor. The culprit? Your well-meaning, but overly excitable golden retriever. When you brought home your cuddly ball of fluff, that excitability was pretty adorable, as was the jumping and ...

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How to treat resource guarding written beside a golden retriever puppy with a chew laying on a purple rug

Resource Guarding: What it is and How to Cure or Prevent it

As a dog owner, the chances are high that you will have borne witness to resource guarding at some point. It’s time to unravel some of the myths and fears surrounding this very common behavior and take proactive steps to prevent – or cure – it in your dog. What is Resource Guarding? Resource guarding is a natural reaction by ...

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Teaching Bite Inhibition to Your Golden Retriever Puppy

Your golden retriever puppy is as friendly as can be – great with kids, respectful of other dogs, and not overly attentive to your cat. Sure puppies bite, and yes, it really hurts, but you’ve been told over and over again that goldens are the most gentle of family pets. One of their best qualities is that when they’ve grown ...

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What Do A Dogs Barks Mean?

It’s true that dogs communicate with body language mostly but they’re far from a silent species. So what do a dogs barks mean? They can make a variety of different barks, growls and whines and with a little knowledge of what these different sounds they make might mean, and combining this with some knowledge of canine body language we can ...

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How To Read Your Golden Retrievers Body Language

Although your Golden Retriever sometimes ‘speaks’ in barks and growls, most of their communication is done with body language. By using their facial features and holding their body in different postures, they have an elaborate second language without using sound that shows exactly how they think and feel. You just need to be able to decipher this language to understand ...

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Dog Drives - a golden retriever laying in a field of flowers

Dog Drives and How They Affect Your Golden Retriever

Due to many, many thousands of years of evolution, all animals are born with a set of natural instincts and drives that compel them to actions essential for surviving in life. A dogs instincts are skills and abilities they’re born with so they can undertake a particular task without first having to be shown or learn how. For example, a ...

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