I’m sure you see your Golden Retriever as a family member and treat them as such, but they simply aren’t a human being. A Golden Retriever is a dog, a completely different species to us. And because of this, they have different wants and needs, different natural behaviors and different ways of communicating than we do. In order to have ...Read More »
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:
- Why Understanding Canine Behavior And Communication Is So Important
- Dog Drives And How They Affect Your Golden Retriever
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:
- Teaching Bite Inhibition to Your Golden Retriever Puppy
- Resource Guarding: What it is and How to Cure or Prevent it
- Train Your Golden Retriever to Stop Jumping Up on People
- Destructive Chewing – Steps to Stop it in Your Golden Retriever
- How to Stop Your Golden Retriever Digging
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!)
For further reading on canine behavior and behavior problems, please see this short list of external resources:
- ASPCA – Dog Behavior Section
- DogBreedInfo.com – A collection of dog behavior articles
- The Whole Dog Journal – Analyzing Dog Behavior and Puppy Behavior
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!