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Sounds exactly like my puppy. He would play and wear himself out, sleep and repeat. Take advantage of it! I used to do our little training sessions and play time right before I needed to work on something because then he’d just sleep.
My Hav has a sensitive stomach and often gets diarrhea from packaged treats. I have learned if I’m trying something new to only break off a tiny piece and I don’t give it on an empty stomach. I think protein source has more to do with sensitivity than brand. Also, a lot of them list the daily portion (say 2-3 treats per day) yet don’t specify what size dog that applies to. When I’ve tried to find out online or by calculating on my own I’ve often learned that my dog can really only have 1/2 of one. I hoard packaged treats that don’t smell because it’s handy to have something non perishable on hand that doesn’t stink, but I try to rotate in small bits of table food as treats, too. Mostly fruits and vegetables (he LOVES snap peas) and small bits of unseasoned meat from meals. A probiotic helps us, too. Any change in food in the beginning can cause diarrhea, but there’s been some research posted in the threads here and elsewhere that suggests slowly introducing and rotating foods and protein sources can help prevent problems, provided there aren’t any food allergies. If I was doing it again, I’d rotate proteins each time it was time for new food. No pressure! Don’t let the over abundance of information and advice on diet overwhelm you, this is just coming from someone with a Hav with a sensitive stomach.
If you suspect he’s sick, don’t feel like you’re overreacting to take him to the vet. Even if he does have all of his shots, giardia is rampant this time of year in my area, which has a lot of snow the freezes and melts again. I know it also took time for me to be able to read my puppy well in those kinds of situations, so it was better to be safe than sorry.
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