Labradors are not much hype beasts.
If you are new to the world of Labradors, then it is common for you to wonder that ‘At what age do Labradors calm down? Will he ever calm down?’
The answer to your question is, yes. Labradors may be hyper as puppies, but, they start to calm down as they grow up into handsome dogs.
In general, Labradors are not the kind of dog breed that likes to spend its days laying around catching flies. Labradors love to be outdoors and use their mental and physical strength.
Labradors as Puppies.
As puppies, the only time Labradors are calm is when they are born. Initially, they are docile and quiet, but, as soon as they are aware of their surroundings, they are pulsed with energy. Labradors have a passion for life, and they do not just exist, but, they live life in its most authentic meaning. “Love, eat, pray” is the perfect quote to describe a Labrador’s life.
The Lab puppy will follow you everywhere, chase random objects, and jump around in happiness if you do not keep them busy with activities that not only stimulate them physically but, on a mental level as well then they will find such activities on their own. Let me warn you, and it can end up in a disaster.
You must take steps to calm down your Labrador right from the beginning so; you always have control over it. However, if you fail to do so, then the Lab will be uncontrollable and shall become a great source of immense disaster. Trust me; you do not want that. Just imagine coming back to a house that does not even look like a house anymore. Yes, these smart creatures are capable of that.
So, when do they calm down? And how?
Some Labradors start to calm down within 2 to 3 years of their birth while a majority of them retain that energy until they enter the mature age gate. You can expect your puppy to chase and pluck your chickens bare, taste things they should not, get stuck in unimaginable places, and ruin your planters and pots. However, there are ways you can control their energy, so they do not cause chaos every day because giving up on them is not an option.
Why should I get a Labrador?
These handsome devils may be notorious for making trouble, but, they are the ideal family dog. Well, for one, this dog breed has a personality. Once, you know how to contain their energy, you will realize how entertaining it is to have a Labrador in your life.
Here are all the reasons why you should not give up on a Labrador;
- They will force you to have an active and healthy lifestyle.
- The dog will always be with you, providing companionship unless they see food. Food > Human. #sorrynotsorry
- Labradors love to cuddle and just chill out after a long tiring day.
- They are friendly, protective, and love to play.
Difference between Happy and Hyper.
A happy Labrador is not the same as a hyper one. A happy dog is one that jumps around, playfully nips at people, leaps and so on. However, a hyper Labrador is one who does not know how to carry itself and is upset most of the time.
When you play with a hyper dog, you will notice how it gets rougher with time. The game no longer remains a game, and you become a victim to their aggressiveness. In such situations, you may be tempted to be angry and shout at your Lab but, that’s not the way to go about it. Showing anger will excite your dog further and may cause it to lose control. Moreover, if you act scared, then your dog will act scared as well and shall misbehave even more. A hyper dog can’t calm himself and requires your help.
How do I calm my Labrador?
In order to calm down your Labrador, it is essential that you incorporate the following tips into your daily life.
- Be in charge. Even though you love your pet but, it is still important for them to know who’s the boss. You are a parent to them. Hence, if you let them slip with bad behavior, then, your Lab will stop listening to you. Just like with a child, you have to condition your pup into becoming the best version of itself. So, condemn them on their bad behavior. Let them know that breaking plants, or plucking feathers of your neighbor’s chicken does not make him a good boy.
- Tire them out. The most efficient way to calm down your Labrador is by tiring them out. Take them on a walk in the mornings, let them play in the park for a while, make them your running partners. A good morning workout of 30 to 40 minutes a day will do the trick. It will save your house from looking like a frat house when you come back after a long and tiring day.
- Training Harness Tactics. Labradors can be hard to control during walks, especially if they see something that excites them. When you Lab gets overexcited while on a walk, clip on the leash to the training harness and start walking it in a calm yet, brisk manner. This will stop your Lab from doing something silly.
- Change your behavior. When you want to calm down your Lab, it is better that you refrain from high pitched voices, rewarding acts, and greeting it in an excited manner. These acts will further excite your dog and controlling it would be a hard task.
- Leave them with activities. Get your Lab toys that also require their mental strength.
How changing your behavior will calm down your Labrador?
Your pet will always follow and mirror your energy, especially when it is young. If you are loud, lively, and excited, then they will act the same. Moreover, if you remain calm, then they will remain calm as well. Remember, you are the one teaching them what is good and what is not. I do not mean that you should always act glum just to discipline your Labrador. But, be calm in situations where you would want your dog to be calm and composed.
Given below are some calming tips for your Labrador, that will prevent their excitement from escalating into something dangerous or chaotic.
- Do not play wrestle or pretend to be a victim when your Lab is overexcited. Just back off and remain calm.
- Do not reward them when they are misbehaving or making noise. Even if you are in a happy moment, do not reward their excitement.
- Reward them when they are calm, quiet, or resting. Majority owners overlook this but, by rewarding them, you are teaching your Lab that being calm and quiet is a good thing.
Calming an anxious dog.
Labradors are not necessarily hyper, happy, or overexcited. Their chaotic behavior can also be a result of their anxiety. Even though Labradors are not prone to be nervous due to their laid back nature, however, anxiety is inevitable for any creature in the world.
The most important factor in calming down an anxious Labrador is knowing the signs of an anxious dog. Your Lab is anxious if it shows the following signs:
- Incessant barking
- Having no control over their bladder
- Repetitive, destructive, or compulsive behaviour
The only thing you can do here is to make your Labrador feel safe, loved, and protected. Do not overlook its anxiety or else it will worsen to the point of socially crippling your pet. In addition to this, your goal should be to build confidence and tolerance in your dog when dealing with their anxiety triggers. Remember to be patient and avoid forcing them.
Other Related Questions.
Here are some FAQs related to this topic.
- Are Labradors easy to train? Yes, this dog breed is smart, clever and always eager to please their human. Hence, they are quick learners and very easy to train. However, due to their short attention span, you have to keep the training sessions short but, consistent.
- Do Labradors get in trouble? The puppies are known to get in trouble since they crave adventure and fear nothing. However, they stop when they mature with age.
- Are Labradors safe for a family? Labradors are the perfect dog for a family. They blend well with humans of all ages.
- Are Labradors aggressive? No, Labradors are not necessarily aggressive. They can get a bit too excited, but, being aggressive is not in their nature.
- Can Labradors be used as guard dogs? Even though Labs are protective of their family still, they cannot be relied upon as guard dogs. These lads are too friendly for that.
To conclude, all I can say is that Labradors calm down in due time. After the storm has passed, there are rainbows and sunshine. So, deal with your hyperactive pup, and train it well with patience to enjoy a lifetime of happiness with this handsome fluffball.