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I'm worried about Ludo...
Ludo is five months old. Since he has learned to climb the stairs of my house he goes upstairs and spends most of the day in my closet asleep on a bed I've put up there for him. I put the bed up there for him after days and days of finding him up there asleep on my clothes on the floor. I wasn't trying to encourage him going up there, but I did want to make him comfortable. I know I could put a gate up and force him to stay down here with me but since it seems like his preference that seems mean. I'm home with him all day but lately the kids have been home, too, so it could be the noise level. (I want to go up and hide in the closet with him, too, if I'm being truthful.)
It could be that simple. BUT. He is just not the dog he was two weeks ago. He wants to be alone most of the time. He's sleeping a TON. He is not "velcro" to me at all lately. And he just seems sad. He has attached himself to a stuffed doggy and he carries him everywhere and cuddles him. I would swear (and this is not me trying to make a case for another puppy) he just wants a puppy companion.
1) Could this be his health? Should I go to the vet? He is showing no physical signs of distress.
2) Do your dogs sleep a lot? I would say he's sleeping 18 hours a day or more.
3) Do any of you have "non-velcro" Havanese? He's not cuddly by his nature but he did use to follow me around everywhere I went. Yes, including the bathroom!
Thanks in advance. I'm worried. Yesterday he spent most of the day when he was around with a limp tail and seemed sad... Ugh. I do not know anyone with a small dog to arrange a playdate with (am seriously considering an ad on Craig's list) and he's too young for the dog park. I need to lift his spirits but he seems uninterested in things I've tried. He seems like he's wilting...
Traci & Ludo
The dog becomes your dream come true, the very thing you wanted.
- Maurice Sendack