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Very hyper dog

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My 10 mo old lab is very hyper! Yes i exercise her both physically and mentally. So a couple questions is this something thay goes away with maturity or is it a training thing? If training, what kind of training. For instance hyperness sets in when shes sees any person or any other dog, or food. Its pretty frustrating but cute at the same time. But id like it to tone down a bit.
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What kind of food are you feeding? Many dog foods are high in sugar and carbs, could explain some of it.
i think it is both.
a question of training, but also a question of you're dog being a teenie right now.
some human teenagers also seem to have endless energy. XD
plus retrievers as a whole can be extremely energetic compared with other breeds.
Well, in general Labs stay "puppies" for like...5 years. ;) Just ask @KayWilson
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I like mathilda's reply also I'd start some impulse control training along with developing an "off" switch.
As far as food, i feed "4 health large breed grain free". And what does impluse control training look like?
Video shows a dog which has been trained with impulse control exercises but Stonnie gives some good details on how to get there.

Pryor gives an outline of starting from scratch

Training Impulse Control: The Default Sit | Karen Pryor Clicker Training

Depends on what your style of training is and what captivates your dog such as a game of tug, fetch or its food drive etc. Use what your dog wants and make the dog earn it by adhering to your commands, such as an extended down stay or sit. Start slow and increase the duration until releasing the dog.

I choose to use Flinks example since my current dog has a strong ball and tug drive. Granted this video also enhances focus and drive but the dog is not rewarded until released.

You have to start somewhere and usually a good place to start is with the basics, a short lead where you have control and then graduate to a long line and eventually no lead at all and you at a distance. Introduce distractions such as the ones you mentioned " when shes sees any person or any other dog, or food."
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I have a 3 yr old lab mix and I'm still waiting for a day when she's not hyper - it's part of the perks of having a lab lol.

Things I do to keep her quieter? Well, we exercise A LOT, we fetch A LOT, and do A LOT of mental exercise (training, treat dispensers, find it, etc), and I used the "click to calm" method to train her to relax on her bed or around me when I have to get chores or something else done.She also thrives on a schedule, the more predictable the better for her. With all of this she's become much more laid back then when she was an adolescent, I guess she's become secure?, but when it's time to go she's still full on crazy lab lol.

*I will also add that Tessa has mellowed out a bit since turning 3, which I think is the perfect age of labradorium (my word for all that is lab). She's much less "OH MY GOD! DID YOU SEE THAT?! SHOULD WE DO THIS?!WAS THAT A SQUIRREL! OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD!!!!YEEEEEE!" and a lot more "Yeah that was fun, want to do it again? not yet? ok, I'll wait over here --->Squirrel!" lol.
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