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does anyone in the forum have an older dog? by older i mean 3 plus years? my django is a joy but his energy seems lower than what it use to be. is this part of them growing up? he still likes a play session with the husband but not like he use to. loves his walks, vet has seen him and he's healthy, he just likes to lay around a lot and sleep.
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I had an 8 year old Havanese before. I do think they slow down some as they age. Plus, they really adjust to your lifestyle. I think those raised with kids may be a little more active, while those raised with adults may be a little more sedate. They are great little dogs who fit into just about any lifestyle. I think arranging playdates or finding a neighborhood playmate helps to keep them active. As long as he's healthy and checked by a vet, I wouldn't worry at all.
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I have a 4 yr old...she has never really been active. I got her at 2 yrs old and then when I got my second when Pirelli was 3 yrs old, she became a different dog. Her little personality came out and every now and then she will get playful but only when the mood hits her...Priss is 2 yrs old and she is way more active than Pirelli... If his attitude or lact of energy is bothering you I am sure your vet would run some bloodwork and make sure everything is normal. I am sure it is him growing up...Brutus my 3 yr old pit, calmed down drastically when he turned 2 1/2 yrs. It happened almost overnight.

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Our 5 year old, Zoe, pretty much lays around and relaxes most of the time. She did slow down a bit as she got older. Our 2 year old, Emma, and 15 month old, Dani, still play like crazy girls with each other and daily do their RLH's. Usually once a day Zoe will bring us a toy to play fetch for about a minute and then she is back on the bed (her throne!) to relax again. Maybe once or twice a month she will still do a RLH with the other girls in the back yard.

If Django has been checked by the vet, then I would not worry. I know the heat here in Florida has slowed my girls down a little, too. If you are in a warm area, that might be contributing to it.

I always love late fall here as the girls all go out, smell the air, and RLH!
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Oliver is 5 years old. He will still play and RLH. He is a little slower but not much. He loves to play with other havs of all ages and keeps up with them.

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