When in the world is this puppy going to chill out?!

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

That’s definitely frustrating.  My dog, Eva behaves the majority of the time, but she has her moments where she will not listen at all.  She’s just over 2 years old.  I’m really hoping that she starts to settle down some more pretty soon!

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Welcome to pet ownership! Our dog is almost 5 and she still has 10% worth of straight crazy in her. I have had 10 dogs or so and some of them never chilled out and others were always very sweet and laid back.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My dog did that when he was a pup, he probably started to grow out of it around a year?  It used to run up and bite my ankles and tug at my pants.  I have so many pairs with holes!  Then we got another puppy (golden mix) and had no problems with her, because she had her big brother to chew on.  So, you should probably just go ahead and get another dog 🙂

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Got to love retrievers!

Generally the larger breeds will be 2-3 years before they grow out of these things, some even longer. Our neighbors lab was about 3 when he just laid down and became the best dog. Even our 1.5 year old lab/chow mix is still a crazy, full of energy, but adorable dog now. He’s even had hip surgery and still manages to wear me out!

Our other dog is a purebred labrador, and he is 11 months now and still horrible. He’s 80lbs too, and still has to fill out. Definitely a handful when he gets the zoomies! Just have to keep reminding myself that he will be amazing in a few years…

 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

He’s a retriever – if you haven’t already, start agility classes if possible…and/or give him a “job”.  Like take him on a hike with a pack on (so he feels like a worker bee).  that should help as a mental and physical outlet for him and have an impact on how he is at home.

Males, if neutered, should calm down a bit by 1.5-2 years.  But some goldens are silly willys and it can take longer.  But invest in the agility or worker activities that will put his mind and body to use together, making him less destructive.

you aren’t alone – most dogs are given up to shelters in their adolescence. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@jindc: I 100% agree with this!

With ours, we do a lot of retrieving with balls and toys. It’s his job to retrieve. Our neighbor does this with his golden (now 11 years old I believe), and it’s a great way to work their minds and body. Our lab loves it, and we have gone to the local swim center to do water retrieving as well (part of the rehab for our other dog was swim lessons to build muscle).

Anything you can do to tire his mind out is great. One of our friends showed up “puppy pushups” – basically have the dog sit, lay down, sit, lay down, etc, etc, over and over again. It makes them think and focus, and in the end tires them out. They had a lab as well.

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Honestly – he may never calm down.  Some dogs don’t.  But, for bigger breeds (like a Golden), they typically get past their “puppy” phase around age 2 or 3. 

We have a lab mix now who is a little over 2 years old and sounds JUST like your golden.  Sometimes she’s super calm and listens great and other times she’s bouncing off the walls and you can’t calm her for the life of you.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We have to walk our dog twice a day.  She’s almost 2 and does the same thing, except for the biting.  If we miss a walk she’s sooooooo annoying.

How many times are you walking him?

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

golden retrievers (and labs) are notorious for maturing slowly. I have a black lab mix, and she didn’t start settling down until the 2 year mark. Now she’s about three and a half and totally chill. In fact, she’s curled up sleeping next to me. <3

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

My parents have a lab mix that didn’t totally calm down until around 8 or 10 years old.  She still will sometimes jump all over people when they come in the house and she is 14 and has a bad hip.  I think retrievers are notoriously hyper. 

How much exercise is this puppy getting?  Is he home alone during the day?  I’d say a puppy of that breed probably needs an hour or more of exercise a day.  If you can’t do it yourselves, you should hire a dog walker or someone to play with the dog while you are at work.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Gotta love goldens!!  Ours was perhaps the wildest thing I’ve ever seen.  She had moments were she’d go crazy, didn’t listen to anyone and I honestly thought my dad would give up on her and give her away as he was not a dog person when we got her (all that’s changed now and he loves our dog to death)  We took our dog to obedience classes which helped but what helped most was exercise.  Mom walks her 2 miles twice a day and as long as it’s not raining she’s let out in the yard to play fetch.  While she did grow out of this crazy stage she’s 7 and has a lot of energy left and occasionally the crazy side of her comes out again.

Post # 15
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Wannabee

Hi. I need some help with my puppy. He’s a Labrador cross breed. And only 8 weeks old. He was abandoned on the streets and i rehabilitated him. He’s  very hyper and energetic. Plays well with children. The problem is he tends to go overboard and start biting. And he whines alot. I’m not sure if he can be trained to be gentle and good. I could really use some advice. 

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