If your Golden Retriever is always very calm you might be wondering why and if there is anything you could do about it. In this post, I will show you common causes and what you can do about it.
So, why is my Golden Retriever so calm? Possible causes are that it is ill, there is an issue with its diet, it’s not getting enough exercise, it is getting older or that it is naturally calm.
There are actually many reasons why your Golden Retriever might be doing it. However, there are also a number of things you can consider when figuring out the main reason and there are a number of things you can do about it.
Why your Golden Retriever is calm
Below are some common causes of Golden Retrievers being calm and what would make them more likely to be the reason why yours has been being calm.
It is naturally calm
It might be the case that your Golden Retriever is just naturally calmer than most other dogs. This would be more likely if it was even calm as a puppy and it didn’t suddenly become calm.
In this case, be glad that it is so calm. Having a Golden Retriever that is overly calm is much better than having one that is destructive or difficult to control. With that being said, if you want it to be less calm you could try playing games with it such as tug of war or fetch.
It is getting older
The cause could also be that it is getting older. This would be more likely if it has gradually become calmer over the course of months and years and if the vet has found no issues.
Adult Golden Retrievers will naturally be calmer than puppy Golden Retrievers which tend to be highly energetic. Golden Retrievers also become even calmer when they become older since it takes more energy for them to move around.
You encouraged it to be calm
It could also be the case that you have encouraged it to be that way by rewarding when it is calm. Ways that you might be rewarding it for doing it could include giving it treats, toys or attention when it acts that way. As mentioned above, this would be a good thing since it is being well behaved and not destructive.
The cause could be that there is an issue with its diet. This would be more likely if it has started being calm after a change in its diet or if it started doing it after feeding it a certain food. It could be the case that it is eating too much, not enough or that it is eating things that it should not be.
You can look at this website to see what you should and should not be feeding your Golden Retriever. It would also help to ask your vet, the next to you see them, whether or not you are feeding it correctly.
If your Golden Retriever has started being calm and the weather has become hotter, it could be because the heat is causing it to feel fatigued. In this case, it would help to make sure that your Golden Retriever has access to shade, water and a cool room. It would also help to exercise it in the morning or evening when the sun is not as strong.
The cause might be that it has gotten an illness. This would be more likely if it started being calm suddenly and if it has been showing other signs of being ill such as vomiting and fatigue. If it does seem like illness might be the cause, the best option would be to take it to a vet.
Not enough exercise
Golden Retrievers are meant to get daily exercise. When they do not get enough exercise, one possible result is that they become bored. This could be the reason why yours has been being calm which would be more likely if it becomes more energetic when it gets exercise. Generally, it is recommended for them to get at least an hour of exercise per day.
Below are some things to consider about your Golden Retriever being so calm.
When it became calm
If it has not always been so calm, it would help to consider what else happened when it started being calm.
If it did start being calm suddenly, it would make it more likely to be due to things such as illness, the weather becoming hotter or a change in its diet.
Whereas, if it has always been calm, it could be due to naturally being calm or you might have trained it to be that way when it was young.
When it becomes calm
If it is not always calm, it would also help to consider what is different when it is not calm.
If it tends to become calm at a certain time, it would make it more likely to be due to things such as the weather becoming hotter or having less energy after getting exercise.
What to do about your Golden Retriever being calm
Below are some things that you can do about your Golden Retriever being so calm.
Take it to a vet
If you are unsure of why your Golden Retriever is so calm, it has become very calm suddenly or it has been showing signs of being ill, the best option would be to take it to a vet. By doing so you will be able to rule out the possibility of it being due to medical causes and to get expert advice tailored towards your particular Golden Retriever.
Make sure its diet is right
As mentioned above, it could be the case that there is an issue with its diet that is causing it to be calm.
You can look here to see what you should be feeding it. Asking your vet about what you should and should not be feeding it, when you see them next, would also likely be helpful.
Give it exercise
It would also help to give your Golden Retriever lots of exercise. You can exercise it by walking it or by getting a dog walker to do it for you. It is generally advised for them to get at least an hour of exercise per day.
Give it toys to play with
Another thing that you can do is to give your Golden Retriever some toys to play with if there is not much for it to do where it spends most of its time.
There are puzzle games that you can get and toys that you can find online that are specially designed for dogs to play with.