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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-03-2017, 04:38 AM Thread Starter
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Depression?

Hello everyone!

haven't been on here for a while due to heavy travelling

Now my husband and I are both back, but we are a bit worried about Mocha. She was with my parents for a few weeks while we were away and then for a few days more when we were away again. She's really loved there, is always excited when we go to visit, has a play friend, a yorkie that my parents have.

But this time when we took her back home she seems melancholic and we're getting worried. The time we were away for a few weeks coincided with her being "in heat" for the first time and we know that female dogs change, mature after their first heat, so we're confused if this new slowness, a lot of sleep is due to her outgrowing her childish energy and playfulness or if she's depressed She used to always be very energetic, active and still gets so when we play or go for a walk, but once we're back at home and don't actively engage with her, it seems like she just gets melancholic and sad.

Did anyone have any similar experience and could share? I got in touch with the breeder, but she's travelling to a dog show at the moment, so doesn't have much time to talk, I was hoping for some experience sharing from fellow havanese owners in the mean time


Thanks!

P.S. Mocha has an active Instagram account where we share her adventures and would love to connect with every other havanese! https://www.instagram.com/miss_mocha...avanese/?hl=en

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When we travel, Loki stays with our trainer, his partner and their dog. David takes him everywhere with him - calls him his "little buddy." He is spoiled royally and has a ball playing with Palmer. It always takes him a few days to adjust to being home - he is overwhelmingly happy to see us but he does seem to be more lethargic than normal for a few days. The first time we left him, DH kept saying that David broke Loki, now we just know what to expect! Mocha will be fine.


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My guess would be centered around what is an inherent characteristic in canines: A pack mentality. Your pup got used to being "back" with a "pack" which included another dog......(constant attention when desired). Also, Mocha has no way of knowing when you "disappear" for so long, if you are EVER coming back. About the time he adjusts to the new pack, he's back again with your pack. It's easier to understand your dog, if you remind yourself that he has no way of understanding (especially without a track record) why things are changing in his short life. If you do this frequently, (travel, come home, travel come home), then he will learn that this is what normal life is and he will adjust especially as he gets older and learns he will never be abandoned by you.

Just teaching a Havanese not to fear being left is usually a process. Go out the door, wait a few seconds, come back in. Go out the door wait a minute. Come back in. And so on until you can leave for an hour, then two, etc. Some Hav's adjust better than others.

When I was a kid, my parents took a few long trips (a month or more at a time). The caregivers who stayed with my sisters and me, would always make things fun and entertaining. I missed my parents, but boy did we do a lot while they were gone! Parents came home, and no more trips to the bowling alley every day. Another adjustment in life. LOL
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