Golden Retrievers’ Characteristics and Traits:
When considering a dog, you must take into consideration the dog’s traits and characteristics. Use the following information to evaluate and choose a dog that meets your needs.
A) The Size
because the Golden Retriever is a medium-sized dog, it would be ideal if the dog is between 55 and 80 pounds, measuring at the shoulders. The height of the dog should be no more than the height of its shoulders. Some sources say the length of the body should be equal to the height. Others say it was developed to be slightly longer than the height of the shoulders. Whatever the case, the maximum height of the Golden Retriever should be between 24 and 26 inches, and the length no more than 20 inches longer than the distance between its shoulders.
B) The stalking Drive
be it sight, smell, or hearing, all dogs have a stalking drive. If you eliminate this drive, your dog will be overly interested in any scent or sound. You may have an excessively enthusiastic dog that seems to be constantly reading your mind. Or, your dog may be overly submissive. These types of dogs will often constantly lick or nibble at the human’s hands. Dogs with a dominant personality are also overly energetic. If this does not dampen their energy, they are more than likely to snap or bite at someone they perceive as a threat.
C) Dominance Aggression
A dog with dominant aggression believes that he/she is the “alpha” or the leader of the pack. They will growl and bark at family members and guests. They will also snap, bite, or scratch if someone touches them. Healers are often the recipient of a dog’s aggression. Dogs will also bite their own skin if it becomes infected.
This type of biting is very common among dogs. It can be caused by fear – when a dog is frightened for a reason, they will bite. This is especially common after a traumatic event. Children are the most frequently bitten person. The reason that children are bitten is that they naturally have the tendency to investigate things. When a dog is frightened for a reason, the instinct to be aggressive will be installed in the dog’s mind, and they will end up biting if they think a child is going to “take” their toys or food.
E) Aggression From Pain
If a dog is in pain, it may become aggressive trying to protect itself from harm. If a trainer has inadvertently encouraged a dog to bite during the lifetime of a dog, the dog may bite when stressed or scared. Female dogs are more likely to bite when they are in heat. The only way to prevent this type of bite is to have puppies spayed before they reach six months of age.
F) Predatory Aggression
This is typically triggered by the scent of something that attracts the dog’s attention. When a dog’s behavior is triggered by something, it may attack. There are several things that can be considered a provocation. They can be eating things that are unhealthy or that can harm a dog’s coat, playing with items that are off-limits, or hugging a person. Whether it is a jogger, a hiker, or just a child, a dog will bite if provoked.
G) Pain Aggression
A dog will bite when they are in pain. Usually, they will not show any signs of pain before they attack. If you know your dog has been in an accident or you find them in a fight, they may bite out of fear. Dogs will also bite if they are injured or feel threatened. A dog that is scared will attack as well.
Dogs are predisposed to attack when a stimulus moves them. This can be something as minor as a moving stair case, or they can be very protective of their territory. Dogs have been known to kill people who cross their path. If a dog feels threatened, it will bite. While there are precautions to be made, including keeping your dog on a leash and remote warning when on a walk, some people still have concerns about their dogs. If you suspect your dog has begun to bite, you should visit a vet.
Intersectionicides are chemicals that are put on the front of your dog’s skin. If your dog has eaten something that irritates its skin, the chemicals will cause the skin to become extremely itchy and scabbed. This will cause your dog to bite and scratch. However, if the chemicals have been accidentally applied to the skin, the pet can experience a skin hardening that causes pustules to form and causes the hair to fall out. The chemicals are meant to be removed with a chemical tablet prescribed by your vet.