As any dog owner can tell you, pretty much all dogs come with at least the occasional problem. Some breeds do have more issues than others, and the Golden Retriever problems aren’t any less common.
As one of the most popular breeds of dog to have as a pet, particularly in the U.K., this breed is particularly friendly, loving, and loyal to their owners. As with all dog breeds, especially the larger breeds, there are many Golden Retriever problems that can frustrate and perplex an inexperienced dog pet owner.
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Common Golden Retriever Problems
Listed below are some of the more typical behavior-related Golden Retriever problems you can expect to encounter with you golden retriever.
While it isn’t every common in this breed of dog, it’s also not an unknown Golden Retriever problem either. There are instances of individual retrievers becoming aggressive, some of it due to poor breeding, sometimes as a result of poor care habits from an inexperienced owner, and sometimes coming from neglect.
Golden Retrievers are very active animals, they like to run and play, and if you aren’t giving them enough exercise they become frustrated, and this can lead eventually to aggression.
It’s important to exercise your dog frequently – talk them for walks or runs, take him to the local (dog friendly) park to play with a stick or ball.
If your dog does begin to show signs of aggression it’s important for you to assert your authority to keep him in check – knowing who the boss is can help stem the aggressive behavior, but it won’t substitute for the proper amount of exercise.
An even bigger Golden Retriever problem than aggression (mentioned above) is separation anxiety. Separation anxiety is typically caused by too much attention as you enter or leave your home.
The golden retriever becomes so accustomed to your attention that he or she becomes anxious when you are gone. This can lead to your dog barking, scratching, yelping, digging and to many other common Golden Retriever problems – which will occur both inside and outside of your home wherever the dog is left during your absence.
A dog the size of a golden retriever can cause quite a lot of damage to both your home and to itself during these activities. It’s important to train your dog from an early age that attention grabbing activities will not be rewarded with attention.
A Golden Retriever problem that goes beyond separation anxiety, your dog can develop neuroses and may constantly scratch or dig or make small noises like snarling, which can be mistaken for signs of aggression.
Typically, neuroses like these are the result of inactivity. Medium to large dogs such as the retriever require at least an hour or two of activity every single day to keep them healthy, and depriving them will lead to many issues.
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Golden Retrievers problems are shared by many other breeds of a similar size, and it’s important that you are aware of the cause and treatment for each one.
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