When do Lab puppies calm down?

by Shannon Steffen on March 27, 2006

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If you are new to the Labrador Retriever world and you have a new puppy, you may be wondering when Lab puppies finally calm down. First, for those that do not know, the Labrador Retriever breed is not for those that want to lay back on the couch and toss back a few beers. Labs are people dogs meaning that they are very sociable and do not like to be left on their own all the time. They have a great deal of enthusiasm and energy. That is why it is important for this breed to get plenty of exercise and social interaction.

Prior to bringing Dakota and Cheyenne into our home, we did a lot of research about the breed and found that many people have their own ideas on the age of maturation. In all honesty, there are differing levels of energy that the Lab will go through during its life and from the age of about 10 weeks old to 5 years old, the energy level can remain quite high. Let’s go through the stages that we have come up with, based on our own experience.

Stage 1: Newborn – At this stage, there isn’t a lot of energy as the puppy just wants to eat and sleep.

Stage 2: Toddler – This stage starts around 8-10 weeks old and goes until about 5 months old. The energy level is quite high at this time as the puppy is learning all it can about the world and go through many biological changes. It tests its environment with its mouth and as it gets towards the end of this stage, it begins to chew on everything it can to try and get relief from teething. That’s right! This is when the puppy starts to lose its puppy teeth and the newer, and larger, adult teeth start breaking through and making the poor pup’s mouth tender and sore. It is usually to have some terry cloth towels that have been soaked in water and sitting in your freezer, waiting to be gnawed on!

Stage 3: Adolescent – This is a tough stage and starts around 5 months old and go anywhere up to a year, depending on the dog. Some would call it the terrible twos because all of a sudden, your sweet Lab baby has forgotten everything you have taught it and has the manners of any human teenager out there! Sure, they know not to go on the couch but they will test you again and make sure you meant it. This is when you need to reinforce all your training because if you let them get away with it now, it is harder to break them of it later!

Stage 4: Maturing – Usually this starts around a year old and goes until the 5-year old stage. The level of energy is still high and is equal to a college student or young twenty-something adult. They don’t have a care in the world and have great amounts of energy but have slowed down just a bit. They get more comfortable with their surroundings and take a little more time to enjoy life and the company of their owner and family. This is more of an enjoyable time with your family Lab!

Stage 5: Senior – Around 5 years and up, the little puppy you once knew with all the energy level of an energizer bunny is there in spirit but the body is slowing down more. They still have a good amount of energy but nothing compared to stages 2 and 3! Life is good and comfortable.

So, when does a Lab puppy start to calm down? Well, generally it is around stage 4 but can happen before that stage. The one thing people with Labrador Retrievers, or any dog for that matter, need to understand is that each dog is different. Yes, there are certain traits in the Lab breed for which we eagerly welcomed them into our home, but just as human identical twins can have opposite personalities, so can your Labrador Retriever. The key is to be able to learn how to cope throughout the different stages and compromise your time to accommodate your Lab’s needed.

For example, if you are in stage 2, there is housebreaking and teething to deal with. Both don’t let you get a lot of sleep or rest because you have to keep your eye on that pup and look for the signs that it needs a little help. You puppy also needs help with getting rid of some of that pent up energy it has and it is your responsibility to give it safe and structured ways to expel that energy. Short walks work well on soft surfaces for young pups as well as schedule play times. Some good Lab puppy games to help burn off that energy include:

  • Find It – hide treats around the house and help your pup sniff them out
  • Laser Tag – use a laser pointer to make the dot move around the floor and your pup will chase it
  • Tug of War – use a soft towel if during the teething stage and play a gentle game of tug of war – who knows, you may just pull a baby tooth or two out (which is okay)
  • Fetch – throw a soft ball down a hallway and teach the pup to retrieve

There are a number of other games you can play as well. Just “goggle” words like puppy and game but before playing, make sure it is okay to play the game with Labrador Retrievers or other large breed dogs so that you help your dog stay away from hip problems in the future. Whatever you choose to do, high energy levels in Labs are normal during certain stages – just remember to enjoy them while you can because your Lab will only be a puppy once.

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  • A. Rowe

    Thank you so much for taking the time to post this information! I feel a lot better about my little monster :)
    Ms. Sadie Bug is a 3 month old “bulladore”
    (Half english bulldog & half red lab)

    • http://exciramedia.com/ Shannon Steffen

      Sadie is adorable! And, you are most welcome for my posting this information. As I learn, I hope to help others learn as well. Especially since Labradors (and mixes) can be very energetic and mouthy.

  • Ginny

    I have a 7 month old lab. She’s driving us NUTS. She’s destroyed pretty much everything that we own and we are seriously considering giving her up. Will running and crate training and maybe spending more time with her help? She even bites us, not to hurt us but to play and she doesn’t stop jumping on us and when we try to correct her when she does something wrong she just thinks we’re playing and jumps on us. Please will it help?

    • http://exciramedia.com/ Shannon Steffen

      Ginny – Please do not give up your Lab. She’s going through the normal “terrible two” stage; acting as thought she has forgotten all her training. This is normal.

      Please read this article on the Life Stages of a Labrador Retriever and what you can do to help the situation: http://www.8pawsup.com/articles/labspupenergy.html

      Here’s another article that should help:

      7-Month Old Labrador Retriever Acting Out: http://www.8pawsup.com/2010/05/labrador-retriever-puppy-acting-out.html

    • Guest333

      Crate-training made ALL the difference for us. Our male black lab will turn 3 years old in a few weeks, and if we hadn’t been able to contain him in his crate overnight, etc., we would have never been able to endure his worst stages (at 7 months he was destroying everything in sight…he even chewed the side of my house! Ugh!). We are a family with kids (all 8 years old and up), and our dog gets TONS of attention, love, etc. We live on an acre, he gets to run all he wants and we play fetch with him, let him pick apples to munch off of our fruit trees, etc. He gets more exercise and attention than a lot of dogs, but it hasn’t made him less destructive. When he just absolutely won’t listen, he has to go take a nap…and honestly, he seems to welcome the break. He’s taking one now, in fact…lol. He doesn’t chew as much anymore…instead, he’s now like a Hoover vacuum…he goes through the house sucking up every tiny bit of thread, lint, the odd sock, etc. He’s still a lot of work. Frankly, I’ll be glad when he’s older and more tired. He’s sweet and beautiful, and we love him of course, but he is far more work in a dog than I was mentally prepared for. Don’t get me wrong – at 3 years old he is FAR easier to manage than he was at 7 months…but, he does still require a ton of time and energy..he’s not really the kind of dog you can just depend on to go mellow out for a while (unless he’s in his crate, with the door CLOSED). I thought he was going to grow into a big, lazy porch-dog (which is what I wanted). But, no. At least, not yet.

  • Zdewji

    I would like to buy a toy (toys) for xmas for a 3 yr old male Lab owned by a friend; I am not a dog owner, any suggestions for a gift for upto $25.00? thks, zeena

  • ali

    i just got a year and a half old choclate lab cross about a week ago he is super well behaved but he try’s to mount my 2 year ols nephew all the time we dont want to get him fixed will he stop doing that or do we need to fix him .Thanks.

    • http://exciramedia.com/ Shannon Steffen

      It’s the hierarchy of your pack. Your new pup is trying to mount your nephew because he is not a normal fixture to the pack and is letting your nephew know (in dog terms) that he ranks higher than said nephew.

      To fix the problem, you need to stand between your nephew and the pup – while facing the pup and making eye contact. Whenever your pup tries to get to the nephew, correct him and make him sit down (or lay down). When the pup is calm, then your nephew can touch the pup. But, the pup must always be sitting or laying down (with your supervision, of course). This will help the pup learn that he is submissive to the nephew.

  • http://google marion

    I have a 16 month old female black lab. We had her speyed 3 days ago. I am hoping this will calm her down a wee bit.. She is a good girl who loves to play in the park and go for walks. However, after getting a choke coller remains to pull at times and in the park she is great until another dog appears she wants to bolt and play, but some dog owners not too keen. Therefore, i use a training lead and keep it on but not hold on to it enabling her to run about freely and if another dog appears i just stand on the lead so’s not to let her run away.. sometimes difficult to get her back if i do … i take her out every morning trying to get her to ‘heel’ , how long does it normally take for her to listen and do as she is told… i feel a failure at times…

  • darlene

    i have a 10 month yellow lab..he is good but only when he gets my full attention when my husband .1s home from being on the rd for 10 days he dont allow us to hug or anything ..he has been getting up on my table an grabbing everything u can think of ..he never did this before what can i do? help im the only one with him 24 /7 all the time only unless ,my husband is home or my grand kids come over.he wants to jump on them also help me thanks..,:(

  • Sarah

    Hi, I have a 6 month old chocolate lab named Kain. He is the sweetest thing he doesn’t chew up anything besides his toys he goes to the door when it’s potty time but he has a problem with company. Everytine someone comes over he jumps and jumps and jumps and it’s getting old, but after they are here for a little while he calms down its like it’s just the thrill of someone new I’m not sure, I need help with this!!

    P.S. my boyfriend has a shock collar, was wondering are those helpful or no?

    Thanks, Sarah :)

  • Marie

    I have a 10 month old black lab/Bernese mountain dog, but let me say he has more lab in him then anything. The biggest issue we have with him is jumping on people when they come in the house and he tries to grab their arms and cloths. He also does this with my children when they come down the stairs or in the house. He ends up grabbing their arms and now that he is getting bigger I’m worried that he is going to hurt them. He had training when we first got him at 8 weeks and he has come a long way. There was a time he was really mean to me that we ended up having to get a muzzle for him when he got to out of control, however, I stopped using it because I realized how mean it was and how unhappy he was becoming. So we changed our training and things are better other than the jumping and grabbing. Looking for help

    • June

      Hi there, We have a pup and we found the best way to deal with the pup jumping is to not only give it no attention but to cross your arms and turn around. The pup/dog ‘falls’ off you and you say nothing until he does…Good Dog. But no eye contact and no touch…your visitors should do the same. When they arrive ask them before hand to give the dog no eye contact, keep voices low and calm. When the dog is calm you can say hello. If it jumps, turn your back on it and walk away or just stay if it stops. Say nothing. The dog will look for any attention whether it be voice, tone of voice, touch or eye contact. It is should only get any of those things when doing the right thing. Hope this helps.

      • http://www.8pawsup.com Shannon Steffen

        Wonderful example! Thanks for sharing!

  • Sandi

    I Have a 1.5 year old Black lab she is so lovable and playful. We play fetch in our fenced yard for hours a day. My question is If i get her spayed will she stop her spontaneous grabbing at my 6 year old (size of 4 year old sons face? She listens great to my 8 year old daughter but not to my son. We are scared she will seriously hurt him if she doesn’t stop. He isn’t teasing her or anything when she does this, so now i wonder if she does it because he is a small male? Please Help Thank you.

  • Lapier

    I have a 3 year old black lab. He is great with kids, loves to run play frisbee and be a engeric lab. but we are having HUGE problems with his behavior outside. You cannot get anything accomlished. You try to rake he tried to bite it. you try to shovle dirt, he is under your toss. he thinks everything is a game. the part I dont get, is the second he steps in our house he is a completely DIFFERENT dog! he just lays down on the floor or the couch with no issue and just wants to snuggle. he loves the cat when hes inside letting him curl up in his side when he is sleeping. when he goes out the cat is dead meat to him and they run and fight in the yard.

    If anyone has tips on how to make his behavior better outdoors i would love it!

    p.s. we thought of getting rid of his manhood, but we were told it really wont do anything do to his age. so if anyone really know anything about this option that would be great too!!!

    Thanks!!!

  • Libby&Desmond’s mom

    After my ‘gradually mellowed” female black lab who passed at age 8.5 (herniated cervical disc) I am now raising a type A blonde lab with champion genes. My survival tactic includes night time in he crate always throwing treats/leather in the crate for him to follow; freeze a Kong full of pumpkin/some kibble for snacking/teething on cold rubber; let him chase empty/clean milk carton (without cap); four to five “walks” per day (since we live in a Townhome w/o a backyard–very difficult). However, even with a backyard with kids hard rubber pool and plenty of room to run, we coped with digging and chewing her way out of the yard (chewed off three fence panels). Labs must be watched like a hawk for the fist 18 mos. and sleep in crate for the first three years! Idleness (outside the crate) is the devils workshop!

    • http://www.8pawsup.com Shannon Steffen

      Each dog is different. Our Dakota was able to be out of her crate 24/7 after only a year because of our training. However, her little sister, Cheyenne took until she was 2 years old. It truly depends on the dog.

  • Declan

    I have just got a 10 mothn old lab hes just wont stop running everywhere hes being walked fed and waterd but he wont sleep? I really need some help

    • Brandie

      A pleisangly rational answer. Good to hear from you.

  • closeknitfamily

    We adopted a black Lab named Lance recently (4 months ago or so) he is now 1 year & neutered he completely misrepresented himself when we met the 1st 2 times….he was so calm and relaxed. IDK what to do, I don’t like that our interaction is becoming only discipline I don’t want him to become leery of people because all he’s getting is a smack on the nose…all he hears now days is “Bad Dog” and that’s not fair to any of us :( here are a few things he’s doing.

    1.) Started digging random holes in our huge back yard and then discovered he can get under the fence and explore if he digs the right spot.
    2.) Running into the house and grabbing anything he can to take it outside to tear up (clothes from the dirty clothes basket for one)
    3.) Chewed the water hose the water spigot insulator X2, our other dog Elmer’s (5 yr old Austrian shep. mix) dog collar off, the swings on the swing set, any board, toy, bike, shoes he can get alone with for more than 2 seconds.
    4.) He has come to think he’s the boss over Elmer so he will eat all the food and take the empty bowl outside and when he’s done drinking he will dump the rest of the water!!! we have to separate them so Elmer can have food!!!

    The bad thing is he knows that he’s doing something wrong because he will “sneak” and when we see him he bows his head as to say “I’m sorry” but he just does it over and over!!! HELP :)

    • http://www.8pawsup.com Shannon Steffen

      A smack on the nose and “bad dog” are not going to fix the problem. You need to get the help of a certified dog trainer who understands the Labrador Retriever dog breed. Your dog is just trying to figure out its place in your pack and without consistent and persistent training, these bad behaviors will continue. And, the only reason he bows his head is not because he knows he did something wrong but rather he is bowing his head at the tone of your voice. Most likely, he will never put the tone of your voice with the action. You really need more professional assistance but please do not give up hope. Even the cases that seem the worst end up for the best.

    • Dutton

      Also have a black lab. All I can tell you is exercise, exercise, exercise. Your dog needs at least 1.5 hrs of open running and exploring per day. If I exercise my dog everyday he is very calm and well mannered, if not I have these same problems. Find an open field and get tennis ball thrower and retreive for that amount of time and see what happens.

  • http://facebook.com/cjaska cjaska

    After reading all of your posts, i am amazed but at the same time worried of how all our labs act the same. I have read articles of labs being the “eternal puppies”, which is in my opinion is true.

    My family and I adopted a 3 year old black lab, two weeks ago. We had him fixed, on the first week he has been acting all “horny dog”. He jumps on me and my mother, and rides on our pillows. Was that an effect of him being fixed? I was thinking maybe he was just feeling a tickling sensation on his genitals because of the healing wound. But anyway, he’s not humping that much anymore. But he is destructive. Whenever I try to walk him I get dragged! He chews all the stuffs in our house (pillows, slippers, christmas balls, etc.)

    I know thats what lab’s personality is, and by reading your posts of how they never calm down up to the age of 6 or 9 or even at the age of 13 scares me. I used to have a female lab who I have taken care of since she was 2 weeks old. She was all crazy for the first few months, but somehow calmed down when she was about a year old. I had to give her away since I moved here to the United States. Over all, though labs does not fit my personality, they are great dogs to have.

    Q: Does male dogs tend to be more energetic than females? Does male fixing really causes dogs to be horny on its first weeks? Does long walking a day help them to calm down a bit?

    • http://www.8pawsup.com Shannon Steffen

      Wow! Loads of questions and I really have just one answer for you. It’s called persistent and consistent training. Although it is true that a Labrador never really fully calms down, they do mellow with age. It doesn’t matter if your dog is a female or a male, the energy is about the same – it all depends on the dog. Walking definitely helps but you need to get your pup’s training under control. There is no reason he should be humping people or things and there is no reason he should be dragging you down the street. It all comes down to training.

  • carol cannon

    Help!!!! my dog is destorying my home. My Cynthia is 6 months old and she wants to eat everything in site. I buy her chew toys and even bones made of rawhide & pigskin she devours them and then start on my furniture. I have a wooden cocktail table in my living room which chewed both ends until the ends are frayed, the table is ruined. the throw pillows on my sofa, she chewed it until she reach the stuffing which she had all over the floor. She has destoryed all of my plants in the house. My back yard looks like a war zone with numerous holes she has dugged. She eats wood, she finds tree switches and small branches and eats them. Pine combs anything she gets a hold of she wants to eat it. I am truly at my wits end, I do not know what to do. I am seriously thinking about given her away, but I don’t want too, but she can not continue to destory my home. PLEASE HELP!!! for my sake and my dog’s, I want to keep my dog. What can I do, I am open to anything that is proven to work. Thank you for listening. Carol………..

    • Lisa

      Lot of physical activity! When she starts to chew immediately give her something appropriate. My lab is 1 and may as well be a new puppy. He goes to the dog park for an hour at least once a day and at least 3-5 walks a day. He got a cold and we were unable to take him to the dog park and there was a noticeable difference I. His behavior
      As far as chewing and being nuts in the house. They are simply not very ” chill” dogs. They need a ton of exercise, training and socialization. But they are big happy lovers!

  • Tiah

    My husband and I got our lab, Charlie from a shelter when she was about 3 months old. Now that she is around 6 months old, we still do not seem to have any control of it. We have been unsuccessful at house training her, she does not respect us, and she ruins everything we own. We live in an apartment which is already not suited for the energy she has and we are at the point of finding her a different home, but the only problem is I am extremely attached to her although she has no respect for either of us. When we take her to my sisters home who has 3 dogs, she ONLY jumps all over me and my husband. She does not listen to us and constantly jumps all over us. When we try to yell at her and let her know we are in charge, she thinks we are playing and does not take us seriously. We are in desperate need of advice before we can’t have her any more.

    • http://www.8pawsup.com Shannon Steffen

      Start crate training. It works wonders! Just search this blog for crate training and the posts should help!

  • Jill

    I have a 9 month old black lab puppy who is literally non stop! From the time I get home from work until the time I make her go to bed (in her crate in our bedroom) she wants to play. When I finally sit down for the night around 9:00, she will just sit at the couch and bark at us if we won’t play with her. If we ignore her she goes and picks up something she’s not supposed to have. I have seen very little progress, and my fiance has had it! Lucy is my third lab, but my first lab raising on my own. She gets a lot of exercize, two nice walks a day and/or swimming. I agree with what someone said on this blog, they are ‘Hard of Listening’-she knows everying I’m saying but can’t not bring herself to listen….except she has no idea that she is being bad when I say No, or even Bad Girl.
    Hoping she’ll behave better at 1 year….

    • Dutton

      Not getting enough exercise, get a tennis ball thrower and find an open field and throw for 1 hour

  • Bernardo Meza

    I have a 5 month old American Stafford. She’s so sweet and playful… My parents didn’t want a big dog in the house because of the exercising and feeding and huge pooping but I got her anyways so they refuse to help me walk her, even play with her. I need her to calm down , I want to know when she will stop biting stuff and having all that huge energy because my house is not that big. actually the garden is small. She sleeps in my bed with me, otherwise she will cry all night or play with stuff and break them. i want to know this: I have to go to another country for 10 months. I’m leaving in a year or so. Will she be more stable and capable of having less exercise without becoming insane? I don’t know what to do… I want her to be docile and calm all the time in a year because that’s all the time i have to train her!

    • http://www.8pawsup.com Shannon Steffen

      I am not familiar with the American Stafford dog breed specifically. My best advice would be to contact other AmStaff dog owners at this AmStaff Message Board.

  • wendy

    we have had a black lab retriever for 10 days. he is 10 weeks old. he’s lovely but doesn’t seem to like cuddles, he doesn’t wag his tail when he sees any of us or we call his name. he does follow us around but he doesn’t seem very affectionate. he will play but only when he decides. is this normal?? my daughter is a bit disappointed with him and so am i – he shows no affection to us.

  • Julie

    Hi,

    I have a 6 month old black lab. Whenever he sees anyone he is jumping on them and sometimes biting at their arms. In addition right now he seems out of control, eating anything from cables running into the house for cable to rocks/ bricks. I am wondering if you have any tips to help with the jumping and eating everything in sight.

  • eileen

    I have a 20 month black lab. we’ve been putting her in her kennel in the bed of the pick up truck to bring her to water to try to teach her to retrieve. it worked well for about two weks. not she doesn’t want to get in the kennel. do you have any ideas? we knoq she can do it. we have only had her for about two months and we know sh was never trained.

    • http://www.8pawsup.com Shannon

      Eileen – is the truck bed covered or open? If it is open, your pup is probably very exposed to the elements (wind, heat, etc) and it is scared. Always put the dog crate in an enclosed area. If that is not an option, purchase a dog crate cover to give your pup more security.

  • Bonnie

    I agree that I have a “senior” lab who will turn 8 this August. He has to get 2 off lead walks per day so he can run the energy off. I’ve been doing this routine since I got him at age 4. His previous owner trained him for field trials. I love the “hyper” labs that are always ON. This kind of dog can be trained for anything like SAR, agility, and it makes for an ideal hiking +jogging partner who is outdoors frequently (that’s me). I love this dog, what can I say.

    • http://www.8pawsup.com Shannon

      Bonnie – Spoken like a true and passionate Labrador Retriever owner! Even at 8 years old, Labs are just big puppies!

  • CAROL

    I HAVE A 8 WEEKS ON CHOCOLATE LAB NAME CYNTHIA SHE IS VERY SMART WITH TOO MUCH ENERGY. I BOUGHT HOUSE TRAINING PADS WHICH SHE WAS USING FAITHFULLY, THEN ALL OF SUDDEN SHE STOPPED. SHE WILL GO EVERY WHERE ELSE IN THE HOUSE BUT NOT ON THE PADS. I DO NOT UNDERSTAND AND IT IS SO FRUSTRATING. I DON’T WANT TO KEEP HER IN THE KENNEL IN THE HOUSE BUT SHE IS MAKING SO HARD NOT TOO. WHAT CAN I DO? P.S. SHE WILL GO OUTSIDE WHICH WE TAKE HER REGULARLY BUT WHAT ABOUT 3 OR 4 AM?

  • shona

    hi, we’ve got a 5 month old chocolate lab ‘rooney’ (partner and son big football fans!!) i was wondering if you could give me some tips on when im walking him….whenever we see another dog or person he gets soooo excited he is impossible to control, he is constantly jumping up at them. Please help as im starting to dread taking him out!!

  • Victoria

    hi,
    i would just like some advice on walking my (nearly) 12 month old cream labrador, Locky.
    as usual for a young labrador he has boundless energy and is quite strong. I personally find it very difficult to walk him out on the streets and have been endlessly trying to get him to heel and walk beside me. I find the choker chain doesn’t work and he ignores any other collar. As he is a new member of the family (i only got him at 8 month old) i don’t quite trust him off the collar yet, and he also gets excited (and out of control) when he sees other dogs.
    are there any tricks- of- the- trade that would be helpful to me??? if so i would be oh-so-willing to learn them!!!! very desperate as last time i sprained my ankle while trying to just walk him.
    Locky is a wonderful dog and my whole family love him… just not when its walkie time!!
    :-)

    • http://www.8pawsup.com Shannon

      This is a great question and you should have received an email with 8 Training Tips on Walking Your Dog – which will be posted soon to the blog for others to read.

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  • Amy

    I have a one year old black lab and although he is adorable, he is very naughty aswell i work from home so have lots of people coming and going all day long and it is a nightmare. He jumps up at people!! can you please give me some tips to stop this because im scared i will loose business if it continues. I can see he is now starting to calm down but still the child, cheeky and naughtiness is evident.

    • http://www.8pawsup.com Shannon

      Amy – when the bad behavior happens, you have to take a minute and correct it immediately or get him into a submissive state before you let someone in your door.

      I suggest you read the following article that has answered other dog owners’ questions about jumping and such bad behavior:
      Help! Hyper Active Lab!!

      Best of luck! Please let me know how it goes!

  • http://www.8pawsup.com/2006/03/when-do-lab-puppies-calm-down.html Kairym

    I have 2, 2 year old labs and the majority of the time they don’t jump on me or anything, but as soon as someone else comes around outside they want to jump on them and don’t listen. It’s driving me crazy. Anyone have any tricks. Someone told me about putting coins in a can, and making it like a rattle, because apparently they don’t like the sound, but apparently that doesn’t work for my dogs. I tried it and they just try to get the can out of my hand. PLEASE HELP!!
    They are really sweet pups but I need them to calm down around others. I don’t want people to think they are bad because they are not.

    • http://8pawsup.com Shannon

      Emailed you! Hope that helps!

      • Shannon

        I would love to know the trick to this as well. My 20 month old lab is the same way. He is VERY well behaved, but as soon as someone comes through the door he goes insane for about 5 very frustrating minutes, then he calms down and is well behaved again. I tried putting him outside and then letting him in and also putting him in his crate and then letting him out when people are sitting, but it is the same uncontrolled excitement for about 5 minutes. Would love some advice.

        • http://www.8pawsup.com Shannon Steffen

          Shannon – Don’t let the puppy out when people are sitting as they are in a more subordinate position. When entering, they should turn their bodies away from the pup as long as he continues to jump and both of you should ignore his behavior. Only give attention when he is doing something right.

  • Natasha

    Hi Tracy!

    I have a chocolate lab that just turned 5 months old today and I fear that he’s starting his “terrible twos” . He’s been soooo good the last few months and now suddenly he’s a little monster. But in terms of your biting problem, we had that problem as well and after trying everything you listed we started to get up and walk away from him everytime he started to gnaw on fingers and toes. It worked pretty well since he craves our attention constantly. So when we left the room when he’s done something we dont like, he caught on pretty quick that bititng means they leave me so maybe i shouldn’t do it.
    Your little one will start teething soon so it definitely won’t go away, but maybe this will help!

  • http://www.8pawsup.com/2006/03/when-do-lab-puppies-calm-down.html Tracy

    I have a 15 week Black Lap mixed with a Whippet. He is a great dog in the morning/early afternoon, but turns crazy from 3-9pm. I work from home and take him for a mile walk five times a day…but i cannot get him to stop biting me. I know he is being playful, but it is all of the time and it HURTS! I’ve tried everything… a stern ‘no’, closing his mouth for a few seconds, putting him in timeout, spraying him with a squirt bottle, blowing in his face, ignoring him when he’s pulling on my legs…nothing is working and i’m very frustrated. He has tons of toys and I play with him all of the time. He just prefers my hands and feet to any of his toys (including the Chilly Bone). Any suggestions? Or do i just have to survive this until he grows out of it?

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  • Elliot

    our golden lab is 5 months old and suffering from teething, nipping and biting everything and jumping up, etc – i’ve read that it is a good idea to freeze a dish cloth and let him chew it? is this right?
    he’s our first dog and it’s hard getting used to all his different moods and phases

    ANY tips and advice from anyone would be fantastic and hugely appreciated. my email is elladelic@hotmail.com

    • http://8pawsup.com Shannon

      Elliot – You can easily use a frozen wet cloth but I recommend using the Chilly Bone. The reason I suggest using a special toy to help curb teething is because it is made for more aggressive chewers. Labrador Retrievers are notorious for shredding things and down the line the pup may think that all towels are fair game. By having a special teething toy, you are able to help ease their gums while telling them what is good to chew on.

      We always had two in our house – one was always left in the freezer so we can swap them when needed. Of course, always supervise when your pup is chewing on anything.

      Best of luck and let us know how it goes!

      • Elizabeth

        my, now 3 year old lab loved raw carrots and frozen bananas (he still thinks they are the greatests treats!!!) just make sure not to give him too many!!

  • Anonymous

    we have a 13 year old lab and he is still going strong with lots of energy.

  • justducky

    I had 2 labs,
    One lived to 9, one 11.
    they never, ever calmed down, ever.

  • Anonymous

    i have a lovely 4month old lab called missy,she is the love of my life.I got her at 7 wks and have watched her grow into a beautiful puppy. She can be a handful at times,always wanting to play and following me around but she is so intelligent,it took her 10 mins to sit,lay and rollover!! I have to be careful what i do in her presence as she watches me and copies me,just like a child.I think all labs are differnt as i read about them being hyperactive but missy just loves being around people watching them constantly!!I think if you talk and treat your dog with a fair but firm hand and losts of love you will have a good friend,i think labs are beautiful.

  • Anonymous

    I have a 9 year old Yellow Lab who is well into the SENIOR stage and we are still waiting for him to calm down.
    I am often asked, “How old is he?”
    My reply, “He’s 9.”
    They say, “9 Months – I could tell he was still a puppy!”
    Then I say, “No, he’s 9 YEARS old.” and they always step back and say, “I can’t believe how great he looks and how young he acts!”

    Still waiting for the calm-down phase.

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