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Question new puppy need advice!

Ohk, so I'm new here and my name is Heather, my boyfriend and I just got our first puppy together yesterday from a shelter. He is havanese maybe mixed with something but we aren't sure. His name is Trevor and he's 9 months old. Well when we adopted him at Petsmart from the shelter he was stressed and barking a lot so I carried him till we got to three car to help ease his fears. Then we had a 2 hour driver back home where I just let Trevor sit on my lap the whole time and returner he tried to climb into the driver seat with my boyfriend I would say no. Well by the time we got home and he was exploring the apt, my boyfriend was trying to train him and play with him but if I walked out of the room he followed and barked at my boyfriend. I'm assuming it's because I told him no for 2 hours not to sit with my boyfriend. But he was acting fine and ate the food I gave him along with some treats, but later he threw up all his food. Then 2 hours later threw up a little more but it was just liquid. He's also been laying around sorta sleeping, going from his bed to the couch. Which I just assumed was because of the stress of new people and home. Then this morning I took him out to go potty and then tried to make him some new food but he wasn't interested. Just had some water and got back in his bed in my room. He's been laying down sleeping since he laid back down after going outside for a few minutes. But every time I've taken him outside since i got him he hasn't pooped. I have to make a vet visit for next week to finish up his shots and what not but I'm starting to get worried he's he's not just being but just really depressed because of the change. He's a really good puppy and I love him to death already and I wanted a dog that would lounge around with me in the apt but I'm worried this is more depression than lounging. He doesn't appear to want to play at all. And I know that it's normal or common for new dogs sometimes to not eat for the first day or two but is it normal or common for them to threw up if they do eat then decide to not eat?
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From what I have read, what Trevor is doing is very normal. It is a completely new and stressful event.

Did the shelter tell you what they were feeding him? If so, feed him that brand for a couple of weeks before switching him to a different food.

The sleeping is just a way to recover from stress of the shelter, the car trip, new apartment, and new family. He still is just a puppy. Puppies sleep a lot.

Now the most important thing... Pictures, please!!!

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Ohk good! I bought the same brand they were feeding him and that's what I feed him. I mean I'm Ohk with just laying around the apt and staying in bed late on days I don't have classes but I was worried he was depressed. Also I need to get him some toys what are the best success for havanese to play with? As soon as I can get him a little happier their will be pictures galore! For now I just have pics of him sleeping haha
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Ozzie is a year old and still likes to lay around in between play times. His favorite toys are stuffed animals and chewies. He has a stuffed duck, frog, a top hat filled with little bunnies, a stuffed tree trunk filled with beavers, a chicken....and the list goes on!!! He likes bully sticks, rawhides and himilayan dog chews a lot! He also plays with balls but they are not his favorite. Try giving him a piece of paper or a napking and see what he does

Welcome to the forum! I have learned so much here and everyone is great! Please post pictures, it doesn't matter what he is doing....havanese makes it cuter

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He's 9 months old and you probably have no idea of what he's experienced during that time. He's going to be stressed and going to need some time to learn that you are a good person and will take care of him. Don't baby him, set boundaries and he'll come around and relax and learn that you are his new family.

a little cooked chicken mixed with his food might give him some incentive to eat. Go slow so he doesn't vomit. As long as he is drinking water he will be okay.

Congrats on rescuing your baby. Please send us some photos and update us on how he's doing.
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Welcome to the forum. With a new rescue it's important to know what not to do as well as what to do. I would like to recommend some reading about fear in dogs. This is something that has to be worked on slowly. Here's a site with lots of good reading. http://fearfuldogs.com/

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we are about 2 hrs from Ashland... where did you adopt your hav if I may ask??

I agree with everyone else your pup has had a very stressful time and who knows what his life was like BEFORE?? Just be patient with him and kind and give him time. Let him come to YOU on his own terms. Give him a chance to rest and recover and be the dog he wants to be in his time.

COngratulations and we need PICTURES!

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He still isn't eating but he's at least drinking water. He just follows me around the apt and lays down where ever i am. So i guess he's doing alright i just wish he'd eat. I started reading about the fearful dogs and i understnad it will just take some time but i just hope its not before my bf decides he's not doing well with us and makes me find someone with more dogs for him to play with and live with. Also he was the most expensive dog at the shelter and we are not sure why. So my bf is afraid he might be sick and they never told us.

Also Tammy, we drove down to Redding, CA to get him from the shelter Pets without Partners who has a adoption event every saturday at the Redding PetSmart! so i hope my bf doesn't change his mind on keeping him.
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Heather, try to be patient and encourage your boyfriend to do the same. Who knows what he has been through. I would take him to the vet and get make sure he is healthy, etc. My husband and I watch small dogs in our home. Some dogs come and are happy as can be and others really take some time to settle into our home and our routine. And, these are dogs from stable families. I only have a little experience with rescues (I have 2 and have fostered a few) but I would say that patience is the key thing.


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Heather, you have to be aware that a lot of rescue dogs, come with issues.

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