Our 18 wk. Golden is, sometimes, very defiant. By that I mean when she is told "no" or "leave it" (both of which she understands) she will bark and nip at your feet or hands. When this happens she will still obey a "sit" command she will just continue to bark. Is this a normal reaction (for her age)? It doesn't happen all the time. Any thoughts?
Um-m-m-m-m... Have you had a teenage daughter yet? Well, ya got one now! This does need to be addressed with training... to teach her when she may bark and when to stop. A key word, such as "hush", or "enough" gives you control. You would still like her to be a watchdog (as much of one as Goldies are..." I presume... so you find an occassion for her to bark, and go to work... A friend of mine has just come through this phase with his young GR, and he used "enough", and when the dog looked at him would variously call her to him, have her sit or down, or chase a toy... or chase him.
Jo Wolf
Martinez, Georgia
Our 18 wk. Golden is, sometimes, very defiant. By that I mean when she is told "no" or "leave it" ... just continue to bark. Is this a normal reaction (for her age)? It doesn't happen all the time. Any thoughts?

she doesnt' sound "very defiant", she sounds like a puppy! maybe you and she need to go to puppy school together!
We have been to puppy school (that's why she knows "leave it", "sit" and a couple of other commands). She is clicker trained and normally does good (for a puppy). I've had dogs for 30 years (always GSD this is my first Golden) and I don't remember any of them having an "attitude" like this. Sometimes the only solution is a time out, in the kennel, or on a leash (which is where she is at as I type this). I understand puppy stuff I was just wondering if this is abnormal for a Golden.