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Hi All. This is Bailey - our adorable, lovely 14 week old golden. We love her! She is quite the bundle of energy, we lovingly call her the tornado. Seeking some recommendations for her boundless enthusiasm for everything. I have had a golden before and while it was 14 years ago, I don't remember quite this much energy. She literally never naps. From 6am to 10pm its go go go. We have tried lots of exercise, and she definitely gets tired on walks, but the second we are back home she is sprinting around the house chasing our cat or her tail for hours. We have tried mental exercise, lots of training, food puzzles, new places, excursions etc, still constant go go go. Potty training and obedience training is going great. Is this normal? Any other ideas on how to tire her out? She does sleep well at night in her crate which is great. We see lots of other people with golden puppies who nap on them, or let their owners hold them, we have none of that lol.

Pictured: My Fiancé holding her seconds before Bailey trying to eat her face. Thanks for your feedback!
 

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Bailey is super cute, you'd never know she was a wild child :) It might help us give you some tips if you share what her daily routine is like - how many hours crated at night, how many hours crated during day while you all work, run errands etc. What kind of exercise are you giving her? She is hitting the age where a leash walk isn't really exercise, she needs aerobic work, swimming etc.

Are you all enrolled in puppy class yet? If not, I would do it asap. Besides keeping you honest about training on a daily basis, it is a good way to meet other people who might be a good fit for puppy play dates. If you can network with friends or neighbors, co-workers, people at puppy class, and find one or two nice, young dogs of a similar age and energy level to set up a couple puppy play dates every week, it can make a big difference in taking the edge off.

Did you raise your previous GOlden yourself? Or was it your family's dog? There can be differences in energy levels of dogs, but generally we forget how hard babies and puppies can be. It is possible that Bailey is more of a handful than normal and you're going to have to just prepare to not get much down time in the evenings for another year or two. It is absolutely ok to crate her with a frozen kong or a bully stick and let her chew while you watch a t.v. show. But otherwise she will need played with and engaged. It is exhausting sometimes but it's just part of it while they're young, especially if you don't have another dog in the house who wants to play with her.

It is also ok to start training her using exercises to learn to 'settle' and start teaching her self control.

My parents have a Golden who is busier than most, they joined a dog training club and my dad trained her for agility and my mom trained her for rally. They took turns getting her out morning and night. It is ok to crate her and take a break.
 

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When they are that young you don't want to overextend them with too much exercise. That can lead to joint issues and them hurting themselves. Letting them run at their own pace and walking them on short walks multiple times a day is ideal but what will really get her tired at that age is a lot of mental stimulation. Training is a great way to mentally fatigue them. 10-15 min training sessions every 2 or 3 hours works well. Puzzle games that make them work for treats whether it be a toy that makes them open things to get the toy or hiding treats around the room/house and make them sniff them out works really well too.
 

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I agree with the others. What type of schedule do you have her on? She may be a wild child but you need to schedule her some rest times. Are you using a crate? Hopefully so, put her away you all need rest from each other. Yes sniff walks, they do wonders and short training sessions. She is adorable.
 

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Thanks all! Yes she is in puppy class and doing wonderfully. We have her on a pretty rigorous schedule. She wakes up around 7am, potty break, food, training session. Plays till around noon and then 20 min walk, then nap time in her crate for an hour. Afternoon feeding and another training session after that. Then run around the house time until dinner. One last training session in the evening before bed, we usually put her back in her crate around 10pm.

Will definitely keep working on the training and add in additional sessions to help wear her out! She does nap well in her crate, its just when she isn't in the crate she is very stimulated by everything around her, including our hands that she loves to have in her mouth ;)
 

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Wow, she is awake a lot! Maybe she needs a bit more downtime? My girl is 14 weeks and sleeps 930-6/630 on the weekends. She plays until 10 or so and I crate her for a one hour nap. Then, she plays until around 2 and naps (or at least rests) until 4. We also crate at dinner time but she usually has a Kong treat and doesn't sleep.

I will say she is a little tornado sometimes too and when she gets crazy, I realize it is because she is tired.
 

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We too were quickly reminded of the differences after the passing of our 11-year-old Golden, which we raised from a puppy to getting a new Golden pup that is nearing 7 months old. Whew! What an awaking this was for us. LOL, It was like having a new baby come home, which he was.

Bailey is adorable. I agree that the pic you posted of her didn't make me think she was a problem child. She's absolutely beautiful!

As for her energy level, well, the first thought that comes to mind is a reminder that not all puppies are going to be the same, even Golden puppies. I'm also reminded of past posts I've seen on this site that reminds me of the breed of dog we have. These are working dogs. They're sporting/hunting dogs who are full of robust energy that needs to put to use, or they can get into trouble out of cooped up energy, especially at such a young age.

If we go out for an evening and leave Brody in his crate for a few hours, well, we're going to encounter a dog wanting all kinds of attention and who wants to play when we get home. Forget going to bed until he spends at least a good bit of his energy. Therefore, we know that if we want an enjoyable evening and a good nights sleep, Brody has to get outdoors for a late afternoon or early evening hike to exhaust all his energy. I love the ole saying, "A tired dog is a good dog!" Fortunately, we live in a part of the country where we can go on a good hour hike with Brody off his lead. At times, especially when we first get going, Brody will run around like a wild animal. He goes and goes and goes!!! Then as he wears out a little, he will stay out in front of us, but never out of our sight until we begin our walk back towards home. We put him back on is lead as we begin walking back towards the house on the road.

With our past Golden, River, I used a thing called a Chunkit. Here is a link for the product. www.chewy.com/chuckit-classic-launcher-color/dp/38347?utm_source=google-product&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=hg&utm_content=Chuckit%21&utm_term=&gclid=CjwKCAjw67XpBRBqEiwA5RCocRgMSf21W43XzJubr0ZvnnF2DJ1NhsycqUZ6k6cQ4AzoshK8UUITMxoCQGcQAvD_BwE

River would run like a rocket as many times as I would throw the ball with the wand. It's a great way to get them tongue hanging tired. I agree with the other comments about not involving a puppy in overly aggressive exercise. Just toss the ball maybe 6-7 times so Bailey expells all that pent up energy. You'll love the toy and so will Bailey.

We too have a cat. Her name is Bella, and she's 3 months older than Brody. Brody chases her and her tail as often as Bella will let him. It's important to have an escape route/place for your cat. We have a small cat door that enables Bella to run to her safe place in the garage, but Brody can't get through the door.

This is getting long so I'll shut it down. Have fun with Bailey and do keep those photos coming. :smile2:
 
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