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    Question Hi everyone, need advice

    Hello!
    We rescued a dog on Friday. (6 days ago).
    I grew up with a dog but now realise how little I actually know, so am happy to find a forum where I can read and ask for advice.
    He is around 9 months old. He is a boxer cross. Amazing dog, so gentle and loving and we are completely totally in love with him already. Can't imagine our lives without him
    We got him from the pound where he spent the last 2 weeks in a little tin cage.
    Now that he is with us, I noticed he sleeps 22-23 hours a day. He would easily sleep the rest if we just let him.
    I don't know if it is normal or not? If he has a burst of energy when we play with him it lasts a couple of minutes and then he wants to go back to sleep.
    Today I found it hard to wake him up but when husband and son took him for a walk he was ok to walk.
    I don't know what to make of it. Is he ok?
    On friday when we got him, vet said his muscles are under developed. I have been feeding him biotic plus and another brand of puppy dry food, supplementing with bits of steak/sausage that we have left overs.

    Any advice would be appreciated!!!

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    I'm no expert but he is probably still in the stage of getting to know the family and gettin over the experience to be in a pound for weeks.

    When we pick up our pup from the breeder she was shy, lazy lol and very sleepy this is the first week. Then when she got to know the family she changed a lot.

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    I agree with PBK, she's gone from shelter life which IMO can be pretty horrid regardless of what the workers do to make their stay pleasant. She would still be adjusting to such a drastic change.

    If you are really worried though I would take her to a vet for another check up just to rule out any health issues.

    Oh and welcome to the forum! pictures are a must!

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jadielee87 View Post
    I agree with PBK, she's gone from shelter life which IMO can be pretty horrid regardless of what the workers do to make their stay pleasant. She would still be adjusting to such a drastic change.

    If you are really worried though I would take her to a vet for another check up just to rule out any health issues.

    Oh and welcome to the forum! pictures are a must!
    His name is Hooch
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    Lol sorry! Im on my phone so couldn't look back up to see what sex he was! Lol

    I wonder what he is crossed with? You can definelty see boxer in his face though! Gorgeous!

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Oh he's gorgeous!!

    It sounds like he has had a very tiring time lately. He really is very young, and has had a stressful time lately. Sounds like he is enjoying his new home enough to catch up on some R&R!! The fact that he is lacking muscle won't help his fatigue as he will tire more easily than normal. Let him go at his pace. As his fitness and condition increase his activity levels and playtime should as well.

    If you're really concerned, or his sleeping is increasing rather than decreasing after a few days, ask your vet.

    I have a couple of pups that age at the moment and they do play hard, then sleep long hours and very heavily.

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    We think he is a Bogle.. boxer mixed with beagle. He is adorable to the highest degree.
    And thank you for all the replies!!

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    I met some fox hounds in Victoria, they look like beagles on stilts. Ie they're similar colouring but much taller. So you might have boxer x fox hound. foxy boxer? Bofox? fobox? Or probably - evil hound. That's what my dog gets called, especially when she can't decide to lick or nip my brother when he visits.

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    Hi, welcome ... I have a boxer x too, they're great dogs, love the photos of Hooch, he's a very handsome boy and lucky to have been rescued into your family, he'll pay you back with so much love and laughs ... he may have been very stressed in the pound and relaxing now that he has a nice house and family.

    We brought our dog Ruby home when she was 4 months old and she'd only lived outside and was very hesitant to come into the house for a few days, we had a dog door and after encouraging her in and out of it with treats and letting her wander around the house, she settled in so well within a week or so and after a month I felt like she'd always been here Have fun with Hooch... and watch out for the tail, it hurts when wagged at high speed...

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    if he hasnt had a vet check then take him for one. If he's leaving playing to go rest that just rings a couple of bells for me. He doesnt look malnourished from the photos.

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