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Unhappy I think my boy is depressed :-)

I don't even know if dogs do get depressed like people, but I'm absolutely convinced that Fedja is. Last two weeks Fedja is acting really sad (in house only!). At first I thought it was my projection or something (he aways looks kind of sad and serious with his beautiful black and tan markings, lol), but now I'm sure that he is feeling blue.
The only times that I see his tail waging is when outside, playing fetch with Chuckit. This is his favorite game ever. He just can't get enough of it. He gets dogs like JRT's worn out, but he keeps going on lol. Because of this I don't think there is something wrong with him health wise.
We go two times a day for a walk and play (not counting the times when he goes potty). On average we stay in the park for about 1,5 hours on our first walk and play session. Depending on the weather even longer, but never shorter than 1 hour (it could be a hurricane for his part, he would still go out). Then in the evening we go for a second play session, again for at least an hour. When outside he is totally happy and ok.
Once inside he looks like a completely different dog. Uninterested, slow, bad appetite, not wanting to play. We used to sit on the floor together now and then, playing with balls, teaching new things and he always liked it. Not anymore. I just can't get him exited no mater what i try. After a few minutes he will walk away (without getting playful, he just sits in front of me not participating) and go lay down.
I have to admit that I do not give him much attention once in house. After so much walk I have to do other things too. Studying, housekeeping, cooking and so on. I don't work so he never stays alone at home. (And because of this when I have to leave him he gets really anxious.)
That all made me decide to get another dog in a hope he will have some fun in house too. But that's another story.
Has anyone experienced something like this with their dog(s)? I want my little baby to be happy again. Any suggestions?
And sorry if I sound weird sometimes, but I'm not native English speaker. Doing my best . Hope you can follow me without much trouble .

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Poor little guy! He sounds like he is very high energy! I don't think I could keep up with Fedja myself! It seems like he is getting plenty of exercise. Maybe he just has spring fever and will be better once the weather warms up. I guess you are having cold weather there like the US? Sorry I'm not much help.

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How old is he? Because Maddie does the same thing and she has a face that can look a bit depressed but very cute.she sleeps a lot more than she used to and sometimes I wounder if it is the winter blues. Maybe he so tired from all the good exercise you are giving him. I'm sure is is fine maybe a new toy would help

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Yes, it's cold over here. It doesn't bother Fedja, who cares about me lol. Temperatures above 32F? Me happyyyyy....that's how low i've sinked .
We have a lot here in The Netherlands too, but I got used to being wet. Fedja is the only one for who I would go outside no matter the weather. How coud I not take him outside when it makes him soooo happy.

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He is 3 1/2 year old. And not slowing down lol.

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Maddie...has a face that can look a bit depressed but very cute.
And she is b&t too! Yes. they are cute, I'm crazy about black and tans, but it seems like I'm to sensitive for how sad they can look sometimes . Only joking.

Will try a new toy, but he is not that into toys. Asking if he can go out instead? lol.


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My male Yogi is very High energy also. We have woods in the back and there are dozens of baby bunnies this year, it is soooo hard to get him to come in, he just wants to run back and forth barking and chasing bunnys. When we make him come in he sulks, we can not let him bark all night. I hope Fedja finds something new in the house he likes to play with.

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I am sorry I dont know what your history is...have you had Fedja since he was a puppy?
I am was thinking maybe he needs something beside the walks, like a toy he likes playing with it in the house. Give him a little more attention in the house and less walking time.

My Missy girl does not like walks so much...she likes squeaky toys and lap time with me.

My Casper loves walks and his frisbee.

Think you have to take each dog and figure out what they like. It makes them smile and Havanese dogs have the very best smiles.
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He was 9 weeks old when I got him. Even as a puppy he was sooo calm, shy, never played much. Fedja was the smallest of the litter.
There are plenty of toys laying around, but he don't care for them. When he feels OK, he will play with them but only if i play with him. The moment i stop playing he forgets about toys.

Unfortunately he has never been cuddly, and doesn't like to sit on my lap unless he is feeling insecure or anxious . He is super smart and it takes him repetition or two to learn new stuff. Very sensitive to the tone of my voice and frightens easily.

I don't think that giving him less walking time would help. If only you could see him how happy he is outside! This winter was really bad, so we did actually walk less, so maybe that's part of the problem.
I'm trying to give him more attention, but he doesn't respond back. Will just keep doing that anyway.

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Is he treat motivated? Might look into an interactive treat toy. Something like these:
http://tinyurl.com/dog-treat-puzzles

A friend might help lol. MHS


Fedja's cute! You don't see many b&t's here that actually retain the tan, they usually end up fading to a creme color like my Mimi.
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