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Hello,
My husband and I are adopting a 1 yr old male Havanese today because his owners are gone all day from 8am-5pm and they are concerned that he has shown increased signs of depression over the past 2 months and really want to provide him a home where he will thrive. They have even taken him to a "doggie day care" while they are at work in hopes we would improve. The owners stated the dog has always been very shy, however, they went on vacation a couple of months ago and boarded him in a local "doggie day care" where he thrived with being around the other dogs, etc. They could really see a positive difference in him when they picked him up from the daycare. Since their return from vacation, the dog shows signs of depression every day, almost all day- lack of interest in playing, slow movement and just lying around the majority of the time they are with him in the evening. He has not had any changes in his appetite, loss of weight, no problems with urinating or bowel movements. One of the owners is a physician and really believes that the depression is not due to any health related issue but the fact that he is alone all day. The poor thing just looks very sad. Are Havanese dogs prone to depression? What are the best techniques to use to hopefully improve his mental health? We have a 8rs old Lhasa Apso who is the polar opposite of the Havanese dog and are hoping the new dog will thrive with having another dog around him and the fact that my husband works from home most of the day. I apologize for the long post, but we need some expert advice because we have not owned a dog before that had depression. Thank you in advance for any suggestions.
 

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I think that your doctor friend is correct about the little guy being depressed due to how much time he spends alone. Havanese are companion dogs and they require a great deal of time with their humans. A happy Havanese would be stimulated with walks,training,outings,toys,an appropriate diet,grooming, and especially a lot of contact with his family(just to name a few of their requirements). Some can be prone to anxiety especially when separated from their humans. I've heard stories of Havs. being left for a long weekend at the kennel to come home to a sick dog that refused to eat for three days and had to see the vet due to separation anxiety.
I suspect that you will see a change in his demeanor in a few weeks when he realizes that he's a priority to you and your husband. He's going to be so happy to have his new daddy home most of the day. His previous owners have done well to recognize that they weren't meeting his needs and place him with people such as you and your husband.
Some questions that came to mind are, do you know when he last saw the vet and what food he is eating? Did they ever take him to training or socialize him other than daycare? Do you know where they acquired him from?
Well, I hope all goes well on your first night as a Havi Mama! Keep us posted on his progress!
 
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