|Barked: Sat Mar 27, '10 6:44pm PST |
|(Crystal's mum, posting as Ju so you can see my big black baby
I'm gonna have to read that article myself! Moxy, they SHOULD. The amount of exercise and mental stimulation that a dog needs varies tremendously among dogs, even of the same breed. You will have to start out and see where it gets you. If he is still excitable, you may have to do more.
I am a volunteer puppy raiser for a guide dog school, and I have raised two black labs myself. Both were amazing dogs, and super smart, as most labs are. Neither were very high energy, and I attribute that to the amount of physical and mental stimulation that they received. For about 8 hours a day, they were "working" or in training. Because of that, when we got home, they were chilled out and relaxed. Labradors are capable of remarkable things when you can harness all of their energy and focus it towards accomplishing a goal. The biggest thing is to have patience and find what works for you and your lab.
On a side note, I don't know what you are feeding, but you may want to check the ingredients list on your dog food (if you feed kibble) and make sure that it doesn't contain sugar. Lol, just like it does kids, sugar can make dogs super hyper, and it is actually a pretty common ingredient in dog food.
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