Bored? Hormones? Help!
First time posting, although I’ve been a huge fan of the forum for a while because it has been very helpful on other topics! I wanted to get some opinions...my husband and I have a 11 month old male Golden Retriever named Tucker. We have had him since he was 8 weeks old. I grew up with dogs but never had a Golden before so I’m trying to determine what is normal for the breed!
Overall he’s a pretty good dog...he doesn’t bark, is extremely friendly with people and other dogs, and has been easy to train (so far). But I feel like we are having issues with him constantly pacing the house and never “settling”, even after walks, training, toys and even doggy daycare.
Our routine is:
- 30 minute walk each weekday morning before work
- Once we are home from work we play fetch and do some training for around 20-30 minutes solid
- He gets quite a bit of attention throughout the night while inside (pets and cuddles, more fetch, puzzles, etc)
- He is given a marrow bone for a bit to chew on each night before bed to release some energy
- He gets one full day of doggy daycare once a week for socialization
- On the weekends we make it a point to take him with us places (Breakfast, parks, Lowe’s, etc)
After the above he still paces the house at night like we didn’t spend any time with him.
We don’t have kids or other dogs, so I understand they can help with entertaining. I feel like we spend the majority of our time with him since we have brought him home, but are we still not doing enough to keep him happy? I’ll admit I’m getting pretty exhausted and discouraged feeling like we aren’t enough for him 😞
He has not been neutered yet (our vet wants to wait until he is a year and a half at least), is this a possible factor? Is it hormonal? I do notice when he is trying to hump pillows or his toys that he is more restless. This behavior seems to come in waves.
He has been crate trained from the beginning and is in there while we are at work and to sleep at night. We have started letting him free roam while doing quick trips and he seems ok, but when we have tried to let him free roam at night he paces the bedroom and jumps up and down repeatedly on the bed so it definitely disrupts our sleep.
Is this normal Golden behavior? Does he happen to just be an active one? Is this an age thing and he will grow out of it? Are we not doing enough for him?
We have not done obedience classes yet because we have been consistent at home and he has responded well to us in terms of the normal commands (sit, stay, heel, wait, spin, lay down, shake, etc). But do classes really help with this type of issue?
Any advice from some experienced Golden owners are appreciated 🙂