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    Question Depressed Mini Schnauzer

    Hi would any one be able to help me with this it would be greatly appreciated
    I think my 9month mini Schnauzer is depressed. He's been very quite, sleeping more and not his bouncy self.He would prefer to lay beside me instead of wanting to play games with his toys I've just broken up with my partner & have been sleeping in a separate room. could this be the cause. if so will it get worse when i move out & how can i help him.

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    Firstly there is always a chance your little pup is not well....Sometimes quietness in a dog is an early sign they are not well.
    But if that is checked out and OK, he could be feeding of you. Is it possible that because of what is happening you are sad and low and your little pup just feels the same. it is what dogs dogs do.

    Moving out might be better if that is the case, because you might also feel happier and it could all be positive, good luck

    I am sorry...Hope things get better for you
    Pets are forever

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    I would go and get him checked out by a vet, if it comes back all clear my guess is the same as Newfsie's, he would probably be feeding off of your emotions.

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

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    Hi thank you for your help. i don't think he is sick as he has been sick a couple of times and has acted slightly different . i think u could be right about him feeding off our emotions as he has been a lot more cuddly . Would you know if he would find it stressful when i move out and my x comes to see him or has him for a weekend (like joint custody) he's a very loved puppy & i just want to do whats best for him.

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    I dont think it would be stressful. More exciting if he knows he is going somewhere fun! Lol two houses to sniff around and two different fun people to play with. I'd say as long as he is with people he knows he will be fine.

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

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    As Jadie says ,it can be fine.....but it also can end up quite stressful on him as well,especially if he is very close to both of you. Leaving you both each weekend to the other could become quite emotional and as a result he could become quite anxious.

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    If you have a thermometer handy you could always just check to see if he is running a temperature. He could just be a sensitive little dog but if a puppy is listless and not playing you probably need to check out the medical route just to be sure.

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    Hi, I agree with Jadie, my hubby works on the mines 7 days on 7 days off and Ruby is very happy with our routine when he's away, and loves it when he's home. If it's regular visits your dog will get used to it and can have the best of both worlds.

    When my hubby is home she's with him most of the day and she gets a bit quiet for a while on the evening of the day he goes, she wanders around the house looking in every room, but once I feed her and walk her, she settles down and we watch tv and as long as she's exercised, kept amused with pigs ears and frozen kongs and her toys when I'm at work, she's always happy...

    I hope things work out for you ...

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    thanks everyone for your help. i took him to the beach today and his mood has picked up.
    Kalacreek what temp should he be and do i put it up his bum?

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    Hopefully everything is ok with your boy.

    The beach is a fantastic place to go, very therapeutic for both dogs and people

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