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How hyper is your puppy?

Hi we are getting our first golden next year and are doing lots of reserach before our new baby arrives. I was just wondering how hyper your puppys are? I have a friend that has a lab puppy and he is super hypo and another friend has a pug and he is even more hyper than the lab lol. Its like hes crazed running from room to room lol. I dont know anyone with a golden i was just wondering if they are more chilled out or as hyper as other breeds.
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In my opinion they are as hyper or more hyper as puppies. I had no idea what I was in for but I would still get a golden puppy if had to do it again.


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Tayla is off the scale hyper. As a puppy you can add biting to that hyperness. Now she is just hyper. I'm hoping that by the time she is two she is just active.

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I had always heard that Goldens were extremely hyper as puppies, until they matured and calmed down.

Rocket has been a mix. He does get wound up when my three kids are running around screaming and being crazy. But generally speaking, when everyone else is calm, so is he. Once the kids go to bed, he will pretty much lay at our feet chewing a bone while we watch tv or whatever. He is from more of a conformation (show) line, not field lines. My understanding (and correct me if I'm wrong here) is that field goldens, generally speaking, are high-er energy, higher-drive dogs than.

He does get mouthy....again mostly when he's wound up from the kids, or if he hasn't had enough exercise. Exercise is KEY. If Rocket's had a good long walk or a romp at the dog park, he's fantastic the rest of the day.

Now, at 7 months, he gets hyper when we take him somewhere new....like the vet, or the pet store. But he settles down quickly.

He chews up paper if he can find it. And he'll pick up socks and small toy parts. But he just carries them around, doesn't actually eat them. He's never chewed a shoe or furniture, even when left alone with them for hours (accidentally). He's not a nuisance barker.

So overall, I've been very pleasantly surprised at how mellow he is. I think once he hits about 2, he's going to be a total couch potato. Ha!

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I think it depends on the individual dog, even among pups in the same litter. If you really want a laid back dog, your breeder can help to match you up with the right one. Although, one of the things I have always liked about goldens is that they seem to be able to find their off switch when they are inside the house, yet are still up for running around like crazy outside.
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Thanks guys the breeder we are getting ours from has show dogs so both mum and dad should be calmer!!...i think! lol. she has said that she will help me choose a calmer pup. I know all pups will be a bit hyper but im just hoping once he/she is bigger he/she wont be charging through the house knocking everything flying.
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Ziggy is as hyper as they come, and very very mouthy. We knew what we were getting, though!
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Bear is hyper. Oh, so very hyper. But it all depends on what time of day, what we've done so far that day and where he is.

In the mornings and at night he's the most hyper, even after lots of exercise. Really, the only way for me to totally 100% drain him down - he has to go on a puppy play date for at least two and a half hours. Those puppies run so much faster than me. Last play date, was approx 4 hours long and he slept from 3 pm to 6:30 am the next day. And eve after breakfast when he was normally bouncing off the walls, he was sleeping at my feet.

The good side, once he's been exercised properly, the rest of the day, he's happy to lay at my feet, on me, in the chair or anything and just relax. Maybe chew a bone. Maybe play tug for 20 mins or fetch for 40 but other than that, he is as calm as can be.


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Chloe wasn't hyper as a puppy but active (and of course mouthy). I found that as long as I was keeping her active and having fun she was fine. I think of a hyper puppy/dog as one that is just bouncing around, distracted and unable to focus. Chloe was able to focus as long as we were playing or doing something to keep her interest. Once I stopped she would find something, like chewing my guest bedpost.

For the first year to 15 months I found that for Chloe it was just a matter of being active and being able to socialize (she LOVES people). Once she was satisfied she would sleep or relax with me. The first year involved training, walking, hiking, playing, socialization with people and playing with other dogs almost every day. My best advise I could give is be consistant with your routine, have patience an most of all have fun, they are only puppies once.

A new puppy is alot of work but if you work with the puppy through this stage you will have an amazing dog for the rest of its life.
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Milla is hyper, but not overly. She likes to play with her toys, run around a little and bite things, but after about a hour or so of play, she naps. As someone else said, every dog is different.
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