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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-15-2017, 11:49 PM Thread Starter
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Havanese fatigue

I wanted to run something by all of you to get your thoughts. Ricky, of course, gets very tired with a lot of physical activity on any one day. But I also thinks he gets equally tired from excessive mental stimulation on any occasion.

For example, we had all the family and their two dogs at our casa yesterday for Mother's Day. Ricky is in love with all these people and dogs. He was showing off and couldn't decide who he wanted to interact with from one moment to the next -women, men, and dogs. We were in the house most of the day so there wasn't a lot of exercise. Today he has spent most of the day snoozing and snuggling up next to us. We did take him for his two walks today and he had his regular energy but once back at the casa it was time for a nap. We did a bit of training and he was paying attention and sharp as ever. Everything is normal -appetite, elimination, alertness - but he is just pooped.

So what do you think? Is mental stimulation just as fatiguing (or maybe more so) as physical activity for a dog?

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Kosmo is exactly the same, after being with a lot of people or a lot of dogs in the fenced in back yard of relatives. He does the thing where he lays on the floor with legs stretched forward and behind and on his back with rested paws in the air when he gets home. He acts pooped, and the night of event can't wait to get in his crate to sleep. I think these aren't particularly active dogs. (Although, no one who knows him casually would believe it after seeing him on his back feet, upright, in his "Look at me!" circus dog mode.)
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Yes, and it's a really good thing for people with puppies to understand. You can wear a puppy out faster with some good mental training stimulation than you can with lots of walks which may be too much for developing bodies. But there is another type of worn out, and it may be this, more than "mental stimulation" that got to Ricky. And that is excitement.

Excitement, even the good kind, causes a build-up of stress hormones in the body. It can take a while for these to clear the body afterwards, and it is common for dogs to want to sleep and rest more after a really exciting day. Nothing wrong with it as long as it's "happy" excitement/stress, but you do want to keep it in mind.
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I find it is the same with my two when family including their pets come to stay. It is definitely the excitement. My two are so crazy excited to see everyone they are in hyper mode the whole time. When the next day roles around even when family is still here it is a much more low key day. When the company leaves I have much quieter doggies. They relax a lot.
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You guys are making me feel a lot better! Sophie does this also. I keep worrying it's her tummy bothering her. She seems to get excited about doing stuff then poop out. on walks if it's warm at all she will suddenly collapse to the ground and lay there. She did this as a young puppy too so I don't think it's anything health wise. She has stop and go buttons where as Aunt Edna here is on a much more even keel. Slower all the time being older and doesn't crash out. Sounds like it's somewhat of a havanese thing?
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We went away for 2 weeks leaving our 11 month old with a pet sitter at her home. They have 2 other dogs and sent me videos twice a day. Out dog was running, playing, and looked really happy. Now we are home and he has slept alot over the last 2 days. I got paranoid thinking he was liking their family more than us!!! I am thinking that a change in activity makes all of us tired. Give it a break and let it rest. If not better in a few days then will see.
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on walks if it's warm at all she will suddenly collapse to the ground and lay there.
Willow does this when it's warm out too and I'm talking only maybe as warm as 75 or more. She seems to get hot really easily and every shade tree she comes to she'll plop down in the grass under it.

I know Willow sill sleep a lot after I pick her up from the groomer. I'm sure it's from the stress plus playing with any other little dog there.

She's quite a snoozer. She usually takes a morning nap, then goes for a walk around lunch time. Then comes another nap in the afternoon. Gets up when it's getting close to dinner time and is up for another couple of hours and then comes another nap sometime in the evening.
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I'm relieved to hear that Jackie. I really worried about that. In fat as a puppy Sophie did that collapse to the ground at a baseball game and my cousin said "uh oh!" And she's not a dog person so she even thought it was wierd. But there is no distress connected to it and gets up and takes off again. So it's good to hear other kids do this.

They do sleep a lot don't they and they sure like their routine!
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On a show weekend, they don't usually do anything like their daily amount of exercise in normal life around here. On the ride back home, I can guarantee there will be nothing but worn out dogs asleep in the car, even if all they did that day other than showing, was ride to the show.
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