How do you stop your Golden Retriever chewing on household items, and other items that weren’t bought for this particular activity? As you might expect from a breed of dog intentionally bred to run and fetch (the Golden Retriever was bred in Scotland with the sole purpose of running off to fetch game birds during the hunting season), the Golden likes to use her teeth, and if not properly trained chewing can often become a problem.
Golden’s are known for thier intelligence and their willingness to please their master, but their very nature tends to lead them into biting and chewing on many items you don’t want them to.
An important goal of and Golden Retriever training program should be to teach her what is, and what isn’t appropriate to chew on. Here are some tips you can apply at home.
Chew Toys – Chewing is healthy for your dog’s teeth, so rather than not allow her to chew, you need to provide something suitable for her to chew on. Chew toys and rawhide bones are perfect for this.
Replacement – Taking an object away from your dog will leave her wanting to chew and she will hunt for something else. Instead, when you find your golden is chewing something other than the chew toys and bones, you need to take it from her and replace it with something dsesgined for chewing. This way you can satiate her need to chew and over time she will come to associate the chew toy with chewing.
Positive Reinforcement – giving her enthusiastic compliments while she is chewing a chew toy or rawhide bone will help her to recognize the right objects to chew. her natural trait of wanting to pelase her master will help her to develop a good habit, which is made easier when doing so gets your positive attention.
Boredom – A bored Golden is very likely to get restless and develop poor habits, and one such habit is chewing. Work on keeping your pet engaged and active every day to help reduce the chance of your Golden Retriever chewing on items you don’t want her to.
Golden Retrievers love to chew, and its healthy for their teeth, so you don’t want to stamp it out, you just want to make sure that what is being chewed is intended to be chewed on.