Why is My Golden Retriever So Hyper? 

By Coty Perry

Usually Golden Retrievers get hyper due to lack of activity when they’re bored or not getting enough attention. Make sure to provide plenty of stimulating activities and playtime for your Goldie. 

Your Golden Retriever is a high energy breed because they were bred originally as working dogs. They love attention, playing, and plenty of time with you. As a result, they can sometimes come off as “hyper.” 

That said, most Golden Retrievers that get all the attention they need don’t seem too hyperactive so there could be an underlying reason for their excessive activity. 

In this guide, let’s address some of the reasons why your Golden Retriever may seem extra hyper and what you can do about it. 

Reason 1: Age 

If we’re talking about a Golden Retriever puppy you need to realize that they’re just like kids. They want to play, run around, and have fun. This breed loves outdoor activities and truly enjoys playing with children (and adult children). Don’t mistake their energy as bad behavior because they’ll run off all their energy and soon want to nestle up next to you for a nap. 

Reason 2: Nature 

Golden Retrievers used to be Scottish companions that helped the men hunt waterfowl during the 19th century. As a result, they’re used to moving and tracking for miles and miles so they naturally have a lot of energy. If you’re looking for a more relaxed dog that may do well in an apartment, this is not the right breed for you. 

Reason 3: Lack of Exercise 

Think about the last time you would have literally done anything to get out of the house and do something. Your Golden Retriever experiences the same issues and really just wants to run around and play which can lead them to seeming overactive and overly stimulating. If you’ve gone a large amount of time without taking your Goldie outside, chances are they’re just itching to run around so give them a chance to burn off some steam. 

Reason 4: Lack of Attention

Golden Retrievers act out when they’re not getting what they want and Golden Retrievers are no exception. Your Golden Retriever might seem like they’re clinging onto you and not leaving your side but that’s because they love you and they crave your attention and approval. Be sure to set time aside each and every day to give your Golden the love and attention they want. 

Reason 5: Boredom 

Some of these issues may seem like the same thing but boredom doesn’t always mean that your Goldie wants attention, sometimes they’re just bored of what they’re doing and this can lead to mischievous behavior. Try implementing new toys, games, or activities to spice things up. 

Final Thoughts

Your Golden Retriever is full of energy and is always looking for something new and exciting to do. If they seem hyper, chances are one of these five issues is to blame and they’re not just acting out or misbehaving. Make sure you’re giving your Golden Retriever some valuable time each day! 

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Coty Perry
Coty is a self-proclaimed cat whisperer and animal lover. Growing up his mom ran a dog training business out of his childhood home so you can say it was complete chaos 24/7. Today, when he comes home after a long day of writing about animals, he’s greeted by his two loving cats Marley and Cozmo.