Our 5 month lab has always either been 'on' or 'off' - with no in-between. So he's looking for attention, chewing, wandering around, jumping on the sofa, searching for food, chewing my feet etc or he's fast asleep in his covered crate. Left to his own devices he doesn't nap (a problem when he was little as he just got super-bitey due to being overtired), so we've been putting him in his crate every 2-3 hours, covering it and then he goes to sleep for 1.5 or 2 hours. I've spoken to friends with similar age lab puppies who describe their dogs snoozing and relaxing during the day - but that just doesn't seem a part of his make-up! The main issue is that my husband and I both work from home and we're finding it very hard to get anything done when he's awake - in order to occupy him we need to take him out for a walk, play in the garden, do some training etc. He's briefly occupied by a frozen kong or a chew, or by his kibble in a slow-feeder ball, but they don't last long enough! I realise the answer to this may just be 'well that's what a 5 month lab is like, and his needs and natural tendencies are incompatible with 2 people trying to work, even if they're at home' - but I'm wondering if there's anything different we could try. e.g. - is the fact that we put him to nap in the day in the crate with a blanket over it meaning that he's not learning to settle/nap on his own out of the crate? - does the fact that we're using a lot of positive reinforcement for good behaviour mean that he's constantly on the look out for attention / pieces of kibble coming his way? I know that the idea is to reward calm behaviour, and that's what we've been doing, but it seems to keep him constantly alert to the idea of food coming his way - i.e.the opposite of relaxed! He doesn't have fixed meals, just gets his kibble throughout the day as part of training or in a snuffle mat / slow feeder when we need him occupied. - We have an open plan house so if he's awake then we have to be with him to avoid eating sofas / chewing stuff - so he's not used to being awake and not being with us.... not sure how to get round this - we used to have a pen but could never really get him to be relaxed in it. I'm wondering if I should put it up again though. He's a delight and I love training him / walking / playing with him, but it is becoming quite stressful trying to manage his constant alertness and also to get work done... so any suggestions would be much appreciated!