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Posted by: D | 2004/01/14

Depressed Dog

Hi, i have a boerbull and i think that there is something seriously wrong with him! When he was "growing up", he grew up on a huge property where he had lots of space to move around, now we have moved to a small property, where he doesn't have much space. He's not being obidient, and all he wants to do is sleep all day! Do you think he needs to be on a bigger property? Do you think i should find a new home for him, maybe on a plot or farm? This dog is also very agro, so he seems a little frustrated.

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Hi D
It sounds as if your dog is sick. Have you had him checked out by the vet? I would seriously recommend this to start with. If he is healthy then it is possible that he is "depressed" due to being on a smaller property. However most dogs are very adaptable and he should settle in in time. I would suggest you take him for daily walks, preferably where he can run off lead (or on a long loose lead) safely. You could also try giving him a view out, allowing him in the house and giving him more interesting meals. Chewy toys like cowhooves may also help.
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Posted by: wakka | 2004/01/15

it would help to walk the dog

it would also help to give the dog access to the interior of the house, if at this stage its only allowed outside

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Posted by: Doglover | 2004/01/14

Maybe it would be a good idea to take him for daily walks, especially since he is use to getting lots of excersise. Dogs love gouing out for walks, it's something they look forward to everyday and its also a way to spend more time with your pooch as they need lots of attention and love, not just food and water

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