If your Golden Retriever has been stretching a lot you might want to know why and what you can do about it.
This post will show you why it might be doing it and what you can do to get it to stop.
So, why does my Golden Retriever keep stretching? Possible reasons are that it is tired, needs more exercise, is ill or injured, has fleas or allergies or that it simply likes the feeling.
Your Golden Retriever might be doing it for a number of different reasons. But, there are some things you can consider when trying to figure out the exact reason and there are a number of things you can do about it.
Why your Golden Retriever keeps stretching
Below, I will show you a number of reasons why your Golden Retriever might be doing it and what would make them more likely to be the main reason.
It is not uncommon for dogs to stretch more when they are tired or when they have just woken up. If your Golden Retriever normally stretches more just before going to sleep or when waking up it would be likely to be for those reasons.
It needs more exercise
Golden Retrievers are a breed that is meant to get a lot of exercise on a daily basis. It could be the case that a lack of exercise is causing its muscles to feel sore. Generally, it is recommended for them to get at least an hour of exercise per day as healthy adults.
Illness or injury
The cause could be that it is ill or injured. This would be more likely if it has started doing it suddenly and if it has been showing other signs of it such as being fatigued or limping. In this case, the best option would be to take it to a vet.
It simply likes the feeling
It is not uncommon for dogs to stretch a lot and normally it is not a cause for concern by itself. The reason why it does it might be that it simply likes the way that it feels when it stretches.
Things to consider
When it first started doing it
If your Golden Retriever did not always stretch a lot, it would help to consider what else happened when it first started doing it since it could be the case that there was an event that caused it to start.
If it started doing it suddenly it would make it more likely to be due to things such as getting ill or injured, getting less exercise or a sudden change in its daily schedule. It would help to consider what else changed when it started doing it.
Whereas, if it has always stretched a lot it would be more likely that it does it because it is tired or because it does it naturally.
When it does it more
It would also help to consider if there is a certain time that it tends to do it more since it could be the case that the timing has something to do with it.
For example, if your Golden Retriever tends to stretch more when it has just woken up then it would be more likely that it is loosening its stiff muscles.
What to do about your Golden Retriever stretching a lot
Below are some things you can do about it stretching a lot.
Take it to a vet
If you cannot figure out why it has been doing it or it has been showing signs of being ill or injured, the best option would be to take it to a vet. By doing so you will be able to get expert advice tailored towards your particular Golden Retriever and to rule out the possibility of it being due to illness or injury.
It is not unusual for dogs to stretch a lot. If your dog has not started doing it suddenly and it has not been showing signs of illness or injury then it would be more likely to be normal behavior.
Give it exercise
It would also help to make sure that your Golden Retriever is able to get daily exercise if it is a healthy adult. You can exercise it by walking it yourself or by getting a dog walker to do it for you when you are unable to do it.