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Question Help! I think my puppy is depressed or has the blues

Hi.. Well let me first start off that my name is Jennifer and I have recently purchased a brand new baby boy Havanese we named Brody on 12-26-08. He was born on 10-21-08, and we purchased him from our local Petland in El Paso. Brody is the cutest thing ever! We are a family of 5, with 3 children ages 7,5,3... Brody seems very mild mannered and mellow.. We are going to be crate training him. The first two nights we have had him, he has actually not yelped or cried at all in his crate at night.. As a matter of fact, he whimpered only in the morning to be put outside and then quickly did his thing and was brought back inside!! We have him running around the house during the day and feeding him 3x a times at 7a, 2p, and 7p. I've noticed he seems to be a little more attached to me than any one else in the home. The kids are great with him, with the occasional hoarding over him, and trying to pick him up. They are learning as well.. Ok.... so for my concern, tonight we started a movie and put him on the bed with us. He was really quiet and walked to the edge of the bed and lay with his head away from everyone and just lay there. Didnt nod off or sleep. I tried pulling him in closer and once again he just walked off and lay down again the same way. My husband tried doing the same thing, and again he walked away and lay down. I know his temperment seems to be mild and very mellow, however this struck me cause it wasnt behavior he has expressed before. Ther was (is) something different about him. I sensed sadness or maybe stress?? Maybe i am being paranoid as I feel like he really is my 4th child.. I guess my question is... Is there such thing as puppy depression, and how can I help him???
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Gosh, I think Brody sounds fine. He is now feeling comfortable enough to lie down a bit away from you. My 2 yr old Hav and 4 month old Hav do this all the time~~sometimes they feel too warm being right next to you. They do like a bit of space and quiet ! And with so many small children handling him, this makes even more sense.

At 8 wks he is a very young Hav, and in your busy household he may be a bit overwhelmed/overstimulated. I would give him some space and quiet time. Does he have an ex-pen with a little bed or blanket where he can be put for some down time to rest away from the children? As long as he is eating, sleeping, eliminating normally, I wouldn't worry . Welcome to the forum !

I should add, though, that I've never been around a puppy this young and some of the breeders on the Forum may have more to say. And, I hope you've had him checked by a Vet to be sure he is healthy and updated on his puppy shots.



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Welcome, Brody is so cute! Our dog does the same thing, I think it's their way of staying close to us but having their own space at the same time. He's going to attach to one of you, if you're doing most of his care/feeding then it will be you. I'd have everyone in the house feed him, brush him and take him out for potty time so he gets used to you all. I made the mistake of doing it all at first!

Has he been to the vet yet? That would be my first step just to be sure he's healthy.

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Jennifer,

First of all, welcome to the group and to the wonderful world of havanese. You've only had Brody for a couple of days. He's still in his adjustment period, finding his place in his new world and his new pack. Nothing you've mentioned would give me any concern about your little boy. I would have to agree, just to be safe, make sure he's seen by your vet. Otherwise just enjoy him as he turns your world upside down and makes you laugh with his antics.

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He sounds just like my first shih tzu. He never cried in his crate, he actually laid down in my bed and watched tv away from me. I just thought he was a really good puppy, lol! Now, he's my shadow. He's never been much on being held, but he likes being right next to me no matter where I am.

Brody is so cute! Please post more pics!! Oh, and how rude of me. Welcome to the forum!!

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Welcome to the forum! You will gain so much information here, and everyone is so helpful. Brody is a doll, and his color is beautiful. He sounds very well behaved and normal. My dog will always stay close to me, and he follows me from room to room. However, he usually lays a foot or two away, as he prefers a little space. He's also not too big on being held or sitting on a lap (unless he's scared). Brody sounds fine!
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Welcome to the forum. He's still a little young pup. When you're that young, there's lots to learn and it can get tiring. He needs a good amount of nap-time and quiet rest time.

I used to put Henry down for naps early on - just to help him manage his energy. And it was just the two of us plus the cat. No other family members in the home.

Good luck and we'll look forward to seeing you here on the forum.
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I would definitely say take him to the vet as most puppies are energetic and make sure nothing is wrong on that front. Have a blood panel run as he could have parvo or something like that. You also need to remember and really take in consideration that you purchased a puppy that was raised in a puppy mill. He probably grew up in a small cage where his mother has lived for years. Wasn't socialized until he was parted from his mother at probably 5 weeks old and then sold in a pet store. He probably feels most secure in his cage away from people how he grew up. I would imagine a puppy that lived in those conditions would be sad and stressed in a household. It is a big change. I would highly recommend some training classes as soon as you find out he is healthy.

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Gosh, I think Brody sounds fine. He is now feeling comfortable enough to lie down a bit away from you. My 2 yr old Hav and 4 month old Hav do this all the time~~sometimes they feel too warm being right next to you. They do like a bit of space and quiet ! And with so many small children handling him, this makes even more sense.

At 8 wks he is a very young Hav, and in your busy household he may be a bit overwhelmed/overstimulated. I would give him some space and quiet time. Does he have an ex-pen with a little bed or blanket where he can be put for some down time to rest away from the children? As long as he is eating, sleeping, eliminating normally, I wouldn't worry . Welcome to the forum !

I should add, though, that I've never been around a puppy this young and some of the breeders on the Forum may have more to say. And, I hope you've had him checked by a Vet to be sure he is healthy and updated on his puppy shots.
I couldn't agree more with this. I honestly don't think you need to take him to the vet just because he wants some space and quiet time. I'm sure with all the kids around that he's getting quite a bit of stimulation and definitely needs a quiet space that he can retreat to if needed.

Sounds like a normal puppy to me.

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