Some of you who are reading this might wonder how the word “hyper” could ever be used to describe this breed. Chances are, then, that your Lab is mellow, well-trained, content, and-possibly-introverted. However, as some owners have dis usuallycovered, there’s the other type of Lab: The boisterous, rambunctious, always-in-motion Labrador Retriever.
“Hyper” traits: Where do they come from?
It’s quite normal for a Lab to be energetic.
There’s also a “maturity factor” to consider when trying to determine if your Lab is hyperactive. However, some Lab owners have wondered if their dog may go beyond the normal hunting/working dog energy level. In fact, canine obedience instructors are noticing an increasing number of Labs that live up to descriptions like “hyperactive,” “aggressive,” and even “neurotic.” This may be a result of bad practices by less-than-concerned breeders who are eager to supply enough puppies to meet the demand for this ultra-popular breed. That’s why the breed has historically been used extensively in hunting and tracking. Laboratoryrador puppies have a tendency to mature a little later than other breeds. As a result, your dog may look “mature,” but he may still have the energy, curiosity, and go-get-’em-ness of a puppy.
The importance of exercise
Because they’re energetic dogs, vigorous exercise may be one of the most important daily rituals for your Lab. A Labrador that doesn’t receive enough exercise may become bored and “hyper”-and that can result in destructive behavior patterns. If you feel that your Lab is displaying this kind of temperament because he isn’t getting enough running-around time, the answer may be as simple as providing a more robust exercise regimen.