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This is the mrs here, my dog had the same problem she had plenty of exercise during the day but still paced at night.When I stopped work during my first pregnancy I notice she settled down more when I had been home all day.I asked my vet and they said she probably had separation anxiety and she was more comfortable since she know she would not be left.When I went back to work I started giving her some natural calming bites, and she hasn't had a problem since.I hope this helps
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His daycare has a large outdoor play area with obstacles as well as an indoor area for swimming. We can try upping it to two days a week to see if that helps.

We try to squeeze in some evening walks when it isn’t raining or too hot, we live in Florida so the weather isn’t always cooperative. Thankfully the rainy season will slow down soon. He does seem to tire easily outside because of the humidity so maybe upping his training inside is an option.

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Sounds like the daycare has a good set up. We use to do 3 or 4 days of daycare per week. She'd still have energy after the first day but by the second not so much. By the 3rd or 4th she would come home plop down on the cool kitchen tile and sleep, just getting up long enough for dinner. I'm home with her on Fridays now so we do a lot of hiking, swimming and ball playing and we've been able to reduce her daycare to just Mondays and Wednesdays.

When it's really hot and humid do short sessions of fetch like you are now but do two more sessions. Consider using small treats if you're having trouble keeping him engaged.
Sometimes daycare helps and other times he seems more energetic after! That’s why I thought maybe his behavior could be hormonal. But consistency is key so we will give it a shot.

He does lose interest in treats, even high value, when it’s hot but he will work for praise too which is good.
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We have not done obedience classes yet since he’s been doing so well at home, but it is something we have talked about recently and I will reach out to some this week. We do get some play dates in with fellow pups though!
Training sessions can also help drain energy. Look up training games or exercises that challenge him to figure out what you want him to do. Kikopup on YouTube is one source. Maybe someone else will have others
I will check that out, thank you!
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Golden Retrievers are typically overachievers in anything you will train them for. Getting into classes will keep you honest about daily practice and help challenge him with new concepts and it will hands down make you a better trainer. And classes will help with socializing and meeting new people and keep you from slacking off on things. Dogs continue to go through development stages and are still puppies much longer than most people realize - 18 months to 2 years of age (some people say 3 years for retrievers). Investing your time and money in training will pay off in the long run.
I will reach out to a few and look at options this week. Thank you!
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This is the mrs here, my dog had the same problem she had plenty of exercise during the day but still paced at night.When I stopped work during my first pregnancy I notice she settled down more when I had been home all day.I asked my vet and they said she probably had separation anxiety and she was more comfortable since she know she would not be left.When I went back to work I started giving her some natural calming bites, and she hasn't had a problem since.I hope this helps
I do wish I had the ability to be home more during the week! We thought it could be separation anxiety but he really doesn’t seem to be in distress, and he will do this even on weekends when we are with him a lot. Happy to hear that is working for you!
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If it's in the budget I would consider getting him day care 2-3 days a week and a pet sitter for a mid-day let out/walk/play session for the days he's not in daycare. He's pretty young to be asked to stay in his crate for a full work day (to be honest, I don't think any dog of any age should be in a crate for that long without a break/let out). You might be able to pull back on the day care and pet sitters once he's reliable loose in the house and at least has the ability to get up and move around throughout the day, but right now I think you're asking a lot of him, given the amount of formal exercise you can offer him when you are home.

I doubt any of what you are seeing is hormonal... he's a typical adolescent and simply doesn't need as much sleep as he did as a younger puppy. To be honest, his exercise needs are likely to increase over the next year or so, so better to start figuring out how to meet those needs now. I think he'll eventually "level out" and you'll all settle into a reasonable routine, but right now he just really needs to MOVE more.

I also second the idea of getting him into a class. If his manners are solid, then take a look for something like Rally, competitive obedience, nose work, CGC or tricks. It's not so much about exercise but about using his mind and tiring him out by thinking. It will also give you some "homework" to use during those nights when you're stuck inside. When he's a bit older, agility would also be a great option to try.

Another thought to keep in mind is that some dogs just need to be taught how to settle. I know my dogs get a burst of energy at about 8:00 every night, just as we're settling to chill for an hour or so before bed. We often have to just say "no, go lay down." They don't like that answer, but we're entitled to some down time too! If you get to the point where you're pretty confident that you are providing adequate exercise and your dog is still kinda pacey at night, then giving them a bone to chew on or a puzzle to figure out or just teaching them to settle on their bed is a reasonable response.

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Don't put this on yourself, it sounds like you're doing a great job.
Obviously he can't handle being loose at night so just go back to crating him.
Teach him an essential life skill : the command GO LAY DOWN
It should be insulting. It means get out of here you're being obnoxious and I don't want to deal with you anymore. No praise or treats for doing this. If he doesn't comply, go put your hands on him and MAKE him GO LAY DOWN. He should do this out of obligation not because he gets something out of it. If I say GO LAY DOWN my dogs immediately disperse and hit the deck. Done. So yell at him to go lay down when he's wandering around. I'm the same as you, even if we're just up and about during daytime hours I don't like the dogs just wandering around aimlessly. It's one thing to follow the humans around or play or whatever but no pacing around.

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Don't put this on yourself, it sounds like you're doing a great job.
Obviously he can't handle being loose at night so just go back to crating him.
Teach him an essential life skill : the command GO LAY DOWN
It should be insulting. It means get out of here you're being obnoxious and I don't want to deal with you anymore. No praise or treats for doing this. If he doesn't comply, go put your hands on him and MAKE him GO LAY DOWN. He should do this out of obligation not because he gets something out of it. If I say GO LAY DOWN my dogs immediately disperse and hit the deck. Done. So yell at him to go lay down when he's wandering around. I'm the same as you, even if we're just up and about during daytime hours I don't like the dogs just wandering around aimlessly. It's one thing to follow the humans around or play or whatever but no pacing around.
Oh good I'm not a bad owner then for telling Zelda to go lay down when she's in one of her pacing moods. Her pacing can be anywhere from anxiety to excitement, gauged by how fast her tail and butt are wiggling and whether or not she has a toy in her mouth (happy tail/butt + toy gets called a "parade"). She always shoots me this look like I'm the killer of fun but does go lay down begrudgingly, usually in her crate since it's next to that sweet sweet AC unit. Sometimes I'll let it go on for a few minutes and she settles on her own, but there have been times where it's been constant and I have to use the stern voice to get her to chill.

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I have found that nose work and puzzle toys help too. If you don't have a nose work class nearby, you can hide treats around your house.

I have my dog do a down/stay somewhere where they can't see you ( also good practice) then hide one smelly treat somewhere. Release the dog (i.e. ok) and say find it. They will love trying to locate it. You might need to start really easy to start.

I also have a food dispensing ball that I use to feed most of his dinner. That keeps them busy trying to figure out how to get the food out. Good luck!
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