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Are Golden retrievers hyper?

Are Golden retrievers hyper?

Golden retrievers are among the top three most popular dog breeds in the US. However, many people who are considering getting a Golden retriever wonder “are Golden retrievers hyper”?

The answer is yes! Golden retrievers are full of energy and very hyper. They jump, bite, run around, and can’t stop playing. When you a Golden retriever one you will probably wonder “where is the off button on this puppy?!”

Most dogs will grow it out, but the thing with Golden retrievers is that they tend to act like a puppy even when they are older. So, Golden retrievers need a lot of energy, exercise, and attention! However, despite their playful nature, as their owner, you need to teach them to settle down and stop playing when you ask them to.

Are Golden retrievers hyper

Now we know that Golden retrievers are really hyper dogs. Unlike other dogs, Golden retrievers start calming down at the age of two or three. That is when their official puppy stage ends. Golden retrievers are especially hyper in their puppy stage because they have a lot of pent-up energy that it has to manifest!

Now, many dog owners wonder why exactly is their Golden retriever hyper. It can be for several reasons including lack of exercise, lack of attention, boredom, you might be encouraging it or lack of training.

Hyper Golden retriever smiling
A tired dog is a happy dog.

Lack of exercise

Golden retrievers need a lot of exercise and mental stimulation. If they don’t get the amount of exercise they need they might become hyper. All the energy that is built up inside of them needs to get out somehow.

For adult Golden retrievers the rule is they should be getting at least one hour of exercise a day. For puppies who are still developing 5 minutes per month age is ideal. This is because their joints are still developing.

Lack of attention

Just like the lack of exercise can make your dog act hyper, the lack of attention can too. If you don’t give your dog a lot of attention during the day, but give them attention when they act hyper, this is when they put 2 and 2 together. Your dog will likely have learned that behaving that way will get your attention causing it to do it more.


Boredom can be another reason why your Golden retriever is super hyper. Lack of exercise means a bored dog and a bored dog means a hyper dog. Boredom is kind of a combination of lack of exercise and attention. Make sure that your Golden retriever does get the needed amount of exercise and attention.

You have been encouraging it

What do you do when your Golden retriever is being hyper? Are you giving it things it wants when it behaves that way? Then you have been encouraging that behavior! Dogs don’t know what is wrong and what is right. What they do know is punishment and rewards. So, if you tend to give your dog things such as toys, treats or extra attention when it is hyper, it will likely do it more in order to get more rewards!


Golden retrievers are by nature full of energy and very hyper. However, we as dog owners tend to encourage that behavior by doing certain things. To make sure your dog doesn’t act hyper you need to give him enough exercise and attention during the day. The general rule applies, a tired dog is a good and happy dog. And lastly, don’t worry about your dog being hyper too much, give your puppy some time to grow up.