How to calm your Golden Retriever down


Something that many Golden Retriever owners will question at some point is how to get their Golden Retriever to calm down.

Golden Retrievers can be a bit more energetic than other dogs and calming them down can be challenging at times. This post will give you ways to keep your Golden Retriever’s hyperactivity to a minimum.

So, how to calm your Golden Retriever down? The most effective way to get a Golden Retriever to be generally calmer is to give it lots of exercise. Other methods include giving it lots of training, ignoring it when it gets hyper, calming chews and aromatherapy. 

There are actually a lot of things that you can do to calm your dog down and they work for different reasons. The most effective way to calm your Golden Retriever down will be to apply a combination of them.

How To Calm Your Golden Retriever Down

There are a number of ways that you can get your Golden Retriever to calm down that I will mention below. You’ll likely find that the best approach is to combine multiple of them together and to do them concurrently.

Exercise

Golden Retrievers were bred to do energy intensive tasks for hours daily. With that being the case, it’s not surprising that they need a lot of exercise and that when they’re not getting much they get hyper.

If your Golden Retriever is not currently getting much exercise then giving it lots more is going to be your best option. Also, don’t underestimate just how much exercise they can need. If you can give your Golden Retriever around an hour of exercise a day then that would be ideal.

A good way to give your Golden Retriever a lot of exercise is to play fetch with it.

I’ve written about how to teach your Golden Retriever to play fetch in the past here.

The benefit of playing fetch with your Golden Retriever is that it’s a very efficient way to wear it out without wearing yourself out. If you were to try to exercise your Golden Retriever by running with it then you’ll often find that you’ll get tired long before your Golden Retriever but fetch can mitigate that problem which is why it’s a very good way to exercise your Golden Retriever.

Another option you have is to walk your Golden Retriever with other dogs. This is also an efficient way to get your Golden Retriever worn out since dogs will often play with each other and they will expend a lot of energy in doing so. This means that you’ll be able to give your Golden Retriever lots of exercise this way as well without wearing yourself out.

If you don’t have enough time to give your Golden Retriever exercise then one option for you would be to use a dog walker. By doing that you’ll be able to give your Golden Retriever the exercise that it needs while being able to free up some time for yourself.

Give it training

Another way to get your Golden Retriever to calm down is to give it lots of training. This will help in a number of ways.

By training it you’ll be able to tell your Golden Retriever to stop, when it’s acting hyper, and it will listen to you.

You will be able to expend some of its mental energy in the training process itself which will help to wear your Golden Retriever out. You’ll also be able to teach it to naturally wait for your command before it does things such as running out the door.

There are a number of things that you can teach your Golden Retriever to do but I’ll mention some of the key ones below.

The first thing that you’ll want to teach your Golden Retriever is to “stay”. This is beneficial since you’ll be able to get it to stop misbehaving more easily. You’ll also have an easier time socializing and when you’re at the vets since you’ll be able to get it to stay still more easily. I have written about how to teach your Golden Retriever to stay before here

Once you’ve taught your Golden Retriever to “stay” a good way to reinforce the training regularly and to keep it used to listening to your command is to make it wait for its food when you feed it until you say that it can have it.

The next thing that you’ll want to teach it is to “come”. You’ll find it much easier to teach this after you’ve already taught your Golden Retriever “stay”. Teaching it “come” is beneficial since you’ll be able to get it to come to you when it’s misbehaving. I have written about how to teach this to your Golden Retriever here.

Another thing that you’ll want to teach it is not to run away in certain situations such as when it’s off the leash or when the front door opens. Doing this will help to keep your Golden Retriever safer since a common way for Golden Retriever to get injured is when they bolt out the front door. I’ve written about how to do this in the past here.

Ignore it when it gets hyper

Often, when your Golden Retriever gets hyper, it will do it because it wants to get attention from you. It’s important not to teach it that acting hyper will result in attention from you even if it’s bad attention.

To make sure this doesn’t happen you can try ignoring your Golden Retriever when it’s looking for attention from you such as when it starts jumping around when you walk through the door. It’s best to ignore it completely and to give it attention when it calms down instead.

Try a calming chew

There are chews that you can buy that are designed to calm your Golden Retriever down when it chews on them. If you’re really having trouble getting your Golden Retriever to calm down then you might want to consider getting some.

If you do then it’s important not to teach your Golden Retriever that misbehaving gets it treats so you should try to give it the chews before it starts to misbehave or after so that you don’t cause it to misbehave more.

Things To Consider

When you’re trying to get your Golden Retriever to calm down there are some things that you should consider that I’ll mention below.

Age

Even though exercise is often the main factor affecting its behavior, age is something that you should also bear in mind. If your Golden Retriever is still a puppy then it will likely start to calm down a little bit as it gets older. This is a good time to begin training your Golden Retriever so that it’s easier to manage as an adult.

Golden Retrievers are designed to be active

It’s also important to remember that Golden Retrievers are designed to be very active. So, don’t get frustrated when your Golden Retriever is energetic since it’s in its nature to be that way.

Crate training

If your Golden Retriever’s behavior is causing a lot of problems for you then you might want to consider crate training.

It can be a bit controversial but many people agree that if you train your Golden Retriever to make use of its crate in the right way it will not see it as a punishment and will see it as its own little safe area instead.

The benefit of crate training is that you’ll be able to get your Golden Retriever to stay in its crate when you think it might start causing you problems.

Behaviorist

If you still can’t get your Golden Retriever to calm down then you’ll likely be well served by seeking the help of a certified animal behaviorist. By doing that they will be able to give you personally tailored advice on how to deal with your specific Golden Retriever.

Related Questions

Why does my Golden Retriever destroy everything? There are a number of reasons that this could be the case. Your Golden Retriever might be teething, be bored, have separation anxiety, have fear or it might be in its nature to be on the more destructive side. I have written how to stop it in the past here.

Why is my Golden Retriever out of control? The main reason that your Golden Retriever is out of control will likely be due to a lack of exercise and a lack of training. The first step that you’ll want to do is to give your Golden Retriever lots and lots of exercise, then you’ll want to give it lots of training. If that’s not enough then you should seek the help of a dog behaviorist.

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