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Depressed 12 week old puppy

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Steph Daker, Apr 3, 2020.


  1. Steph Daker

    Steph Daker PetForums Newbie

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    Hi all,
    New here and just looking for some advice. I picked up my pup yesterday, from a verified breeder, he’s had his injections, fleaed and wormed etc, but he’s just seems extremely depressed? He has had a bit to drink, but no food, I’ve tried playing with him, and he does for a few seconds and then loses interest and he has pretty much just slept since we brought him home..And I’m not sure whether this is normal, I’ve had pups in the past and they have not behaved in this way. Any advice would be appreciated, thanks
     
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    McKenzie PetForums VIP

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    How did you manage to pick up your pup yesterday in lockdown?

    Hes probably just settling in - it’s a big upheaval. Puppies do sleep an incredible amount.

    I would keep a close eye on him though, puppies go downhill very quickly. If he stops drinking or doesn’t start eating call your vet.
     
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    As above.

    I’d give him lots of cuddles and have him sleep with me so he settles at night.
     
  4. Steph Daker

    Steph Daker PetForums Newbie

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    Hi

    Thanks for the reply. I had no contact with people when I picked him up, everything was done over the phone and they are very reputable licensed breeders so everything was done within government guidelines

    He is drinking at the minute, but not eating. I hope he is just settling in but I’m just worried he sad as he did have other litter mates so maybe he is missing them? I’m not sure. I will see how he gets one over the weekend and if he’s not improving will call my vets

    Thanks
     
  5. Linda Weasel

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    As @McKenzie . He’s probably missing the only life he knew; he’s little and defenceless and has lost his home, his litter mates, his mum and the only people he knows. How traumatic must that be? Keep him cuddled with you for as long as he wants. I would expect him to perk up in the next day or two and start to want to explore a bit.

    But do keep a close eye on him for any signs of illness.
     
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  6. mrs phas

    mrs phas karma is a funny old thing

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    Licenced with whom?
    If it's a council licence, that just means they're licenced to breed dogs and any tom, dick or Harry can get one of those
    I'm afraid no reputable breeder would be allowing pups to be picked up now, or like you've described
    But having said that
    The pup is with you now, so spilt milk etc
    He probably is just missing his siblings, but do keep an eye, if he has loose stools or feels hot to the touch, is sick then, even a little bit that, in a pup, is a vet call, if not visit immediately

    Are you feeding same as breeder?
    If not, he may not realise it's 'food' although most pups will eat anything, he should've come home with some of his normal food, if not, could you give breeder a ring to see what they fed, once he's eating you can change to you preferred food, very slowly

    We need pictures btw, it's a fundamental rule
     
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  7. Steph Daker

    Steph Daker PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks for your reply. I know I can imagine how traumatic it must be, I just want him to feel loved and it’s making me sad seeing him sad, I will keep an eye on him and I may give the vets a call later today to see what they suggest
     
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    Steph Daker PetForums Newbie

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    The place I got him from is also classed as a pet shop so they are allowed to remain open as it is still classed as an essential business,any way like you say I have him now..

    Yes he is on the same food as the breeder they gave me two bags of Royal Canin when I brought him home. His stool looked normal, it’s the not eating I’m concerned about the most at the minute, I’m praying he peeks up today but will continue to give him lots of attention and affection , here he is :)
     

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    Jamesgoeswalkies PetForums VIP

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    A pet shop is not a verified breeder - did you actually meet the mum of these pups and have you seen the litter he was with? Can you contact the breeder (not the pet shop) and have a chat with them? When i sell one of my puppies I ask that people chat with me regularly over the first few days.

    In the meantime, try some boiled chicken and give him the cooled chicken water to drink. And maybe give him a tiny scraping of honey to lick off a spoon.

    Don't think of pup as being sad - he may be confused as to why he is in a new place and why his littermates aren't there but pups are ready for their new adventure by 8 weeks and most well bred pups are raring to explore. How old is the pup. Is he particularly tiny?

    Edited to add I have just seen he is 12 weeks of age. Has he been with the breeder up until this point?

    J
     
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  10. Siskin

    Siskin Look into my eyes....

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    Are pet shops still allowed to sell puppies, I thought that was against the law now
     
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    I think it is one of those proposed legislations that has yet to go through parliament - banning the sale of puppies and kittens through a third party.

    Most pet shops don't sell pups which is why it does hit a red flag with me.

    J
     
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  12. Steph Daker

    Steph Daker PetForums Newbie

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    it isn’t a pet shop, they have a pet shop attached to the farm, I understand what you’re saying but I would never have got him from anywhere that I did not know his background or where he wasn’t looked after. I was in a lot of contact with them before hand with pictures and videos, of him, other litter mates and mum, obviously I could not see him in person due to government guidelines

    I will try him with what you have suggested
    , like you say and others have said I think he may be low due to missing his litter mates at the moment as that is all he has known, hopefully with lots of love and affection he will come round soon

    thanks again for your advice
     
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  13. Ian246

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    Steph,
    I think you've got the answers: the pup is probably upset at having lost everything he knew in his life. You should be feeding him the same dog food he was being fed by the breeder - if you don't know what that is, you'd be wise to contact the breeder and find out what it is; given the times we're living in (if they didn't provide you with some food which is normal) you'll then have to find a source of that food - or buy some from the shop/breeder? To instantly change his food is likely to cause problems. Otherwise, give him lots of love and let him settle - he needs to build his confidence amongst other things. At night time have him sleep in your bedroom so he doesn't get frightened at being alone - you can move him out later, once he seems to be settling (or never, if you prefer!)
    At least you have plenty of time with him at present - probably! The issue you are going to have is socialisation and ensuring he gets his second set of jabs (assuming he's had the first set?) Your vet will probably be doing such things (ours is down to 'essential treatments' only, but that includes second jabs for pups.) If your puppy remians subdued, I'd certainly get him to the vets for a check, just to be sure.
    As I say, socialisation - so important in the early weeks of a puppy's life is SO important and it's going to be a challenge. Please take a look at this which, in my opionion, has some great advice.
    https://3lostdogs.com/ask-3ld-how-do-i-socialize-my-puppy-during-a-pandemic/
    And good luck! :)
     
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