12 Things Golden Retrievers Hate That Humans Do

Golden Retrievers Hate

you might think your golden retriever

loves it when you squeeze them in a big

old hug yeah some definitely do but the

truth is not all goldens like to be

smothered and the ones that don’t

like it all the time some just want

their personal space if they’re relaxing

if they’re too hot or they’re trying to

eat but that’s not the only thing you’re

accidentally doing that makes your

golden retrievers are uncomfortable they also

don’t like it when you cut their hair

yes we humans like to get a fresh cut

because it makes us look good and feel

good plus having shorter hair in the

summer can help us not get so hot but

it’s the total opposite of golden

retrievers their coats actually help

regulate their body temperatures in both

the cold and the heat yep even though

their coats are thick they actually help

keep them cool in the hot summer if you

give your pup a haircut in the summer

you’re robbing them of their natural

protection from the heat plus you’ll

leave them vulnerable to sunburn giving

them a haircut can also stop their coat

from growing back normally in the future

we fostered an older golden for a few

months whose owner used to shave her she

had a thin scraggly coat that i bet used

to be a lot prettier and thicker in the

past so the bottom line is this never

shave your golden and if you do decide

to give them a little trim be very

careful and don’t cut their hair too


some people shave their dogs because

they have too many mats in their fur

which brings us to the next thing that

goldens hate skipping brush day golden

retrievers need to be brushed a few

times a week and the good news is that

it’s beneficial for both you and your Things Golden Retrievers Hate

dog for you it helps them shed less and

gets the dead fur out of their coat and

onto the brush instead of out of their

coat and onto your floor and for your

dog it helps prevent them from getting

mattes mats are knots or tangles in

their coat and they can be really

painful for them now using the right

the brush can really help when brushing your

the pup that can cause your

golden to be unhealthy but we’ll talk

about those other points in a little bit

now this next thing that goldens hate is

something that most of us humans can

probably relate to they hate being alone

golden retrievers are social animals

they like to be with people and often

other dogs if you work at an office all

day and spend the weekends out with

friends then a golden retriever probably

isn’t the right dog for you and if you

have friends over at your house your

golden will hate if you put them in the

backroom because they love to socialize

and be part of the crew even putting

them in the backyard alone isn’t good if

your golden isn’t getting enough

the attention they may start to act out and

do unwanted behaviors like barking or

digging or jumping golden retrievers

aren’t just pets they’re part of your

family and alone stinking but this

The next thing golden’s hate is even worse

getting yelled at of course no human or

dog likes to get yelled at but golden

retrievers are especially sensitive

they’re people pleasers and when they

know that you’re mad at them it eats

them up many people think that showing

your dog that you’re the leader of the

the pack will get them to behave but it can

actually make things worse this is

especially true with puppies and potty

training for some reason people think

it’s okay to yell at their puppy when

they have an accident in the house this

is bad in so many ways but here are

three that are particularly important

the first one is that it can hurt your

relationship with your puppy the second

one is that your puppy doesn’t realize

they did something wrong they’re new to

your house and don’t speak your language

so they don’t yet know where the

the bathroom is and the third reason yelling

at your puppy for having an accident is

so bad is that it can actually make

potty training harder

if they associate going potty with you

yelling at them then they won’t want to

go when you take them outside and you’re

standing next to them instead, they’ll

hold it until they get back in the house

go hide in a corner and go potty or you

can’t see them if you want to learn how

to potty train your puppy fast i’ll drop

potty training your golden retriever of

course nobody likes to get yelled at but

this next thing golden troopers hate is

something that most of us humans just

can’t relate to golden retrievers’ hate

being lazy they are high-energy dogs

they were bred to help hunters retrieve

birds and would run through fields

streams and marshes a tired dog isn’t

exactly a good hunting companion so it’s

in their blood to have lots of energy

and endurance if you sit at home

watching Netflix all day is a golden

retriever is not the right dog for you

I’m not saying they can’t relax on the

couch my dog is actually sitting on the

couch with me right now as we speak but

that’s only because we went on a walk

and played fetch this morning so if you

get a golden retriever to expect to do fun

activities with them like going on walks

hikes swimming or playing games with


this next thing golden retrievers hate

is another one that some people just

won’t understand

golden retrievers hate flexible

schedules what do I mean by that golden

retrievers like the routine they like to

know when their next walk is coming and

when their next meal will be

they don’t really have control over

their lives everything they get is

determined by you so when they learn

what time they eat and when they get to

go to the restroom they’re able to relax

more that isn’t to say that they don’t

love adventuring with you but for the

most part they like the routine here’s

another thing gold retrievers don’t like

but isn’t necessarily under our control

loud noises

many dogs don’t like loud noises like

fireworks or thunderstorms

if you have a puppy or you’re about to

get one you might want to talk to a

trainer and see how to desensitize your

puppy to these events to make sure that

they don’t get anxiety when they happen

if you’re golden and already have anxiety

during fireworks or thunderstorms you

can try a thunder shirt which I’ll link

last new year’s we watched Jurassic park

during the fireworks and our golden

cuddled up on the couch with us it was

the best he’s been on new year’s in a

while I have a friend who escapes

fireworks by going camping in remote

areas with her golden you can also give

your golden retriever medicine to help

with their anxiety during these events

but that’s definitely something you’ll

want to talk to your vet about first you

don’t have control over thunderstorms

but you do have control over this next

the thing that golden retrievers hate being

interrupted during meal times I don’t

know about you but I don’t like it when

someone bothers me in the middle of

dinner and your golden is probably the

same they absolutely love food and most

goldens will act like they haven’t been

fed in weeks when the food comes out

even though it’s only been a few hours a

common behavior problem in golden

retrievers is resource guarding one sign

of this is your golden growls at you or

other animals when they come near their


a big myth about this problem is that

you can prevent it by interrupting your

puppy during meal times taking away

their food bowl or putting your hand in

there this is not an effective

prevention and might actually make it

worse so you should let your golden eat

in peace without you bothering them and

speaking of food this next thing golden

retrievers’ hate might be the most

the important thing on this list grain free

diets your golden might not actually

hate their grain-free food considering

most goldens love all food but it can be

deadly a study found that a heart

the disease is called dilated cardiomyopathy or

DCM for short has been increasing in

golden retrievers recently scientists

say that this is likely due to them not

getting enough taurine which is caused

by grain-free diets DCM can be fatal for

golden retrievers so are sure to talk to

your vet about what food to feed your

pup and I’ll link to a blog post for you

in the description with more information

about the study now this next thing that

golden retrievers’ hate is actually

really sweet goldens hate it when you’re

sad they feed off of your energy if

you’re happy and excited they’ll be

happy and excited but if you’re sad

they’ll sense that which will also make

them sad the good news here is that

there’s nothing better than a big fluffy

golden retriever to cheer you up after

all they do make great therapy dogs but

still, always remember that your pup is

better at noticing your mood than you

think now even though they can pick up

your mood that won’t always help with

this next thing golden retrievers don’t

like to be forced into uncomfortable

situations this might be forcing your

dog to play with your neighbor dogs that

he doesn’t like making her say hi to

people, she’s a little wary of or even

trying to keep her outside during

fireworks thinking that eventually

she’ll just get used to it

making your dog do something they don’t

want to do might actually make the

problem worse so if your golden

retriever has anxiety about an object or

situation talk to a professional trainer

and see how to help them in the meantime

look out for warning signs that your dog

is uncomfortable like if they’re

cowering anxiously licking their lips if

they have their tail between their legs

or they’re nervously panting if you see

these behaviors try to remove them from

the situation to a place where they feel

more comfortable and then diagnose the

problem after

next is something that most golden

retriever owners can relate to

many goldens hate bath time it’s kind of

a running joke that dogs don’t like to

take baths but that’s not why this is on

the list of important things to know is

that giving your dog a bath too

frequently is actually bad for their


if you give them a bath more than once a

a month or so it can dry out their skin.

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