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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.

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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...

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Have your vet check him out...that would be the very first thing to do. Keep us posted!

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Have your vet check him out...that would be the very first thing to do. Keep us posted!
I will do that... I'm just curious if anyone had any insight beyond physical as he truly doesn't appear to have anything physical happening. My vet is closed until Monday but I'm going to call.

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I don't have any suggestions for you but I do hope you are able to figure this out and help the little guy!
He sounds sad.....
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I wonder if he's hurting somewhere, rather than actually sick. Particularly when I hear about the limp tail.

I would NOT let a 5 month old puppy be off, unsupervised like that. He's still a baby, and can get into things that can hurt him, or begin to have potty accidents. I also wouldn't want him develop a habit of isolating himself like that. I'd give him a safe "cave" (covered crate) down stairs, where you can keep an eye on what's going on, and gate off his access to the upstairs.


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I like Karen's idea of a safe area that you can supervise. I don't remember if Ludo uses a crate but perhaps that with a cover would duplicate the cave like feeling of the closet. I'd also try to place in the crate something with your scent like an unwashed pair of socks or an old t shirt. The clothing in the crate works wonders for Colbie when we leave the house and within a minute after I leave she is in her crate with her head on my old t shirt.

The other thought that comes to mind is has something changed at your home? Kids home more or less, company for the holidays, did he get yelled at or stepped on accidentally? Is he still eating and going potty the same?

Colbie is a few weeks younger then Ludo but I can't imagine her being in a separate room unless she was in her closed crate. She doesn't need to be next to me as long as she sees me but she isn't a lap dog by any means. That said there are times she likes more attention and times she wants to have her space and be in her bed.

I'm sure ruling out an medical issues at the vet can't hurt and might give you a little piece of mind to get through it. When Colbie was younger my vet told me "it isn't unusual for puppies to sleep 18 hours a day so don't worry about it".

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I think Ludo is probably going threw a faze with the kids being home. I would still take him in to be checked out. Have you put him in puppy classes and taken him to a lot of dog friendly places.It sort of just seems like he is shy and scared to me.

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Definitely a vet visit is in order, if only to rule out something physical. My friend's dog was doing the same thing and it turned out he had kidney stones.

On another note, why do you think he is too young for the dog park? If there is a separate area for small dogs, I think it's OK.

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Definitely a vet visit is in order, if only to rule out something physical. My friend's dog was doing the same thing and it turned out he had kidney stones.

On another note, why do you think he is too young for the dog park? If there is a separate area for small dogs, I think it's OK.
Thank you!

The dog park here requires that dogs be six months old minimum. They have a small/big divided park but they still require this.

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I wonder if he's hurting somewhere, rather than actually sick. Particularly when I hear about the limp tail.

I would NOT let a 5 month old puppy be off, unsupervised like that. He's still a baby, and can get into things that can hurt him, or begin to have potty accidents. I also wouldn't want him develop a habit of isolating himself like that. I'd give him a safe "cave" (covered crate) down stairs, where you can keep an eye on what's going on, and gate off his access to the upstairs.
This is what I'm going to do. Thanks, Karen. I thought I was being kind to him by not requiring he be with all the noise and commotion if it bothers him, but I think I am teaching him to isolate himself.

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