Post # 1
We have a Golden Retriever puppy, Bailey, who is about 6 months old. We got him from FMIL’s neighbor who at best can be described a backyard breeder. While he is purebred, she didn’t know which dog was the dad.. so no papers.
85% of the time, he’s pretty chill and listens well. 15% of the time I seriously want to mail him to Abu Dhabi like Garfield used to do to Odie and Nermal 🙂
He has his moments of jetdog like all other dogs I’ve had – where he runs around like crazy for a few moments before collapsing…
But Bailey gets these ‘crazy eyes’ where suddenly he won’t listen to you at all, he jumps like crazy and bites.
I’m not really sure what to do to stop it and it’s SO tiring! Is he ever going to just chill out and stop getting all crazy? It doesn’t help that he’s like 70 pounds now so it seems magnified whenever he’s being all nutso.
Any insight? 🙂
Post # 3
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
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
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
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 # 7
@snoie: Thank you! It’s just so dang frustrating sometimes! The other dogs I had did the jetdog/zoomies but were never this crazy. I had a sheltie and a mini poodle/jack russell mix that was tiny.
It’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel now when he’s all biting all over and generally just being a puppy and destroying my house 🙂
Post # 8
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
@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
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 # 11
Thanks ladies. Unfortunately because of where we live, classes aren’t an option. We do play a lot in the evening retrieving, and he is super well behaved on his walks if he’s carrying a stick in his mouth 🙂
What we’ve noticed too is if it is just me or just FI home with him, he’s very well behaved… when we are both home and sitting on the couch, Bailey gets all crazy much easier and playbites at FI a lot.
I’d lvoe to be able to take him to FIs family farm and let him run around and tire himself out in the fields, but we can’t really trust him off leash yet. He sees a leaf blow around and takes off – I can only imagine what an open field would do to him 🙂
Post # 12
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
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
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
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
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.