Need help with a Full Blooded Golden Retriever ???

Heres the problem : My Golden is Hyper Hyper Hyper….His parents seemed to be borderline mean when I purchased this full blooded retriever. A few days ago, my dog chased a boy on a bicycle and the boy jumped off the bike and claimed to have been bit by my dog. The boy had a bruise on his leg the size of a nickel but no teeth marks. The father of the boy and I just about got into a fight because I told him that his dog could have bruised his little boys leg. This kid is mean, about 8 or 9 and tells his family when he wants to goto school and when he doesn’t. His dad literally whips this kid to no end and the boy refuses to straighten up. He taunts my dog all the time when he goes up the street. I’m not going to lie, my dog hates the little boy. I need to get rid of the dog but it breaks my heart to do it. I can’t afford to fence in the dog and the dog has literally chewed his way out of a kennel.

What would you do in a situation like this ?
After the father and I had words, his kids came down and played in my yard for hours with my kid. I was ticked about it because at first he seemed like he was going to sue me and then his kids were in my yard playing. I figured that if the parents were that concerned with my dog, they wouldn’t send their kids down to my house where my dog is.

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9 Responses to “Need help with a Full Blooded Golden Retriever ???”

  1. Leigh says:

    Don’t you keep your dog in the house?! Golden Retrievers are NOT good outdoor dogs…they NEED constant companionship. I wouldn’t doubt that your dog is, literally, going crazy outside. If he is an outdoor dog, your solution is simply to bring him indoors, train him, and don’t let him out without a leash. OF COURSE he chewed out of his kennel, he was DESPERATE for attention!

    Bring your dog indoors, hire a trainer (it’s NOT expensive, and if you can’t afford it, you can’t afford a dog…it’s one of your responsibilities as an owner), and put up a cheap, partial fence in the yard. You can put up 50 linear feet of 5 foot high welded wire fence for less than $75. Use that as a play area for the dog when he goes outdoors. And when the kid torments your dog, turn the hose on him or call the cops. Personally, I’d consider a call to social services about the way the kid is treated…if that is really how that kid’s home life is, he needs someone to help him.

  2. Weasel Puppy says:

    There are large dog run type enclosures that you can purchase at Lowes or Home Depot. That’s what I’ve used in the past when I couldn’t fence in my dog. Also, you could keep the dog in the house in an area fenced in with baby gates, if you need to keep him contained. It would cost less to build a small, secure dog run than to fence an entire yard. Whichever option you choose, the dog should never be outside unattended if you don’t have a fence that will keep the dog in and the kid out. You need to protect the dog from the boy, or this will only get worse.

    You say you need to get rid of the dog. You should think that through very carefully. Rescues usually won’t accept dogs with a biting history and shelters will euthanize dogs with a bite history. It would be much better for the dog if you could find a way to manage him where the boy doesn’t have access to the dog, and the dog doesn’t have access to the boy.

    I’ve been bitten by dogs where it left a bruise, but no teeth marks. If your dog was taunted by the boy and chasing him down on a bicycle, it’s quite likely the dog bit him. I would ask you to let go of the dispute with the neighbor over whether the dog bit the boy or not. It kind of sounds like, if he didn’t this time, he will soon. Focus on finding a way to manage the situation where the dog and the boy have no more opportunities for interaction.

    I hope you can find a solution that works for everyone involved.

  3. Fields of Gold says:

    First of all, I would not be letting my dog run loose off leash in the street. It is your responsibility to keep your dog under control at all times.

    Secondly I would take the dog to a good Training School because it sounds to me that he is completely out of control.
    I honestly don’t think you’d have a leg to stand on if the authorities were aware that you even allowed your dog to chase the boy on the bicycle whether he taunted him or not.

    If you can’t get him trained now you could have a very unruly dog who could cause a dreadful accident one day and could not only get killed himself but could cause an accident to a poor unsuspecting driver and his family.

    I hope you are able to resolve this problem. Good luck.

  4. Rebel says:


    Actually, after reading everything, it sounds like all concerned [including the dog] would be happier, if he had a great home with someone who had more time to devote to training, and a fenced yard.

    As far as re-homing, I always feel it’s the owner’s responsibility to find that great home.

    Best of luck.

  5. Rick says:

    Other than training, you need to walk this dog a lot, because he needs mucho exercise. then when he is tired, start training him to stay, and the like.
    These are great dogs, but they have to have a lot of exercise. Maybe there is a large field you can take him to to wear him out every day before training.

  6. l00katmerocknout says:

    it makes me really sad to read bout your situation!!!
    first, i owuld call the authorities about the boy and his father..
    second, is there any possible way to keep your dog in the house and bring it out on a leash to contain it? could you put it on a lead and stake? so its contained in your yard? or maybe and electric fence.
    if the boy is harassing your dog, then you dont have to do away with it… just prove it. set a camera to show that hes instagating.
    something similar happened to my dog. i was walking her and a group of boys came up and started harassing us. she barked and snarled at them and they got too close and she niped at one of them.

    i would hate for you to have to get rid of your dog…
    i hope something good happens of your situation….

  7. Kenneth B says:

    Why do you have to be forced? Take it to court. Proove to the courts with a experts opion that the boy DID NOT get bite by your dog. try to keep the dog like that.

    Or get a underground fence, I think its alittle cheaper then a normal fence, or, just buy a big METAL Kennel, that or, sadly giving up your dog.

  8. Forsaken says:

    Stop letting the dog out unless he’s on leash.
    Speak with a professional behaviorist
    Obedience class
    Not necessarily in that order though.

  9. laurenjulia says:

    Golden Retrievers are great dogs, no lie. It would depend on how old your dog is, once they reach 4 or 5, they start to mellow out and not chase kids on bikes. My dog is one and chews anything and everything and is very hyper, but i know he will grow out of it. Try taking your dog to a training class! It will be well worth it.

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