As you already know from personal experience, Labrador Retrievers have tons of energy. This is a valuable trait if your dog is out in the field for eight hours a day. But if your Lab spends more time in the living room than at the beach or ball field, you need to re-channel his energy early so he doesn't bounce off the walls.
5 tips for taming a hyperactive Lab
- Start training early. Positive puppy training works well with Labs because they are smart and eager to please. Make time for consistent training. If your attempts to train are unsuccessful, get help from a professional trainer. A Gentle Leader head halter is also an effective training device for powerful Labs that are strong pullers.
- Reward calm behavior. Rewarding your Lab with treats and plenty of praise when he is calm, restrained, and obedient will help promote more of the same behavior.
- Exercise his oomph off. Let him fetch, swim, or run next to you at the track until your Lab is pooped.
- Re-channel his energy. Labrador Retrievers perform well in obedience competitions. Get him started early in puppy kindergarten classes.
- Tucker him out with toys. After he's played outdoors, your Lab will no doubt be ready for indoor activities. Keep plenty of toys on hand, like strong rubber chews, tennis balls, and plush puzzle and hide toys that keep him fixated and entertained.
Remember, many professional trainers say that hard-to-live-with Labs are often just dogs that are under-exercised. By following the tips above, you can help your Labrador Retriever become a calmer companion.