My five month old Springer Puppy is not very playful, always sleeping

I have never owned a Springer Spaniel before but is it common for a five month old male puppy to be sleeping all the time and not playing? He is very lively pup but when we are sitting there watching tv etc. he just lies there and sleeps like he is depressed. Is there such a thing as dog depression? We purchased him out of state and picked him up from the airport. So I thought it might have been jet lag but he has been acting like this for a week now. Can anyone help me out with this?


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Oct 13, 2013
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by: Anonymous

If he is playful when you are up and moving but when you are relaxing he is not, he is probably using you as a base line as to when to rest and when to play. They also go in spurts as to their growing times. It takes a little out of them to play hard and grow so sleeping when you are sitting makes perfect sense. I have 3 Springer Spaniels. 2 are 2 yrs and one is 9 weeks. all three of them seem to slow down when I am sitting and doing nothing. If it doesn't perk up when you are busy moving around or coming in and going out, then I would have blood sugar tests or at the very least, a vet check.
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May 08, 2013
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by: Anonymous

Thats what we did and he came around just fine. I love my new dog! What a smart and loving puppy he is. So happy we went with a Springer. Thanks for all of the helpful comments too.

May 08, 2013
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by: Anonymous

Thats what we did and he came around just fine. I love my new dog! What a smart and loving puppy he is. So happy we went with a Springer. Thanks for all of the helpful comments too.

May 08, 2013
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by: Anonymous

Thats what we did and he came around just fine. I love my new dog! What a smart and loving puppy he is. So happy we went with a Springer. Thanks for all of the helpful comments too.

May 08, 2013
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need some time to settle in! NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi,

As it is all new to him it will take some time to settle in!

But plenty of walks and attention will soon settle him in!

I had this problem with my springer bitch when she first came to live with us. I just made sure she had plently of walks, toys and attention for the first few weeks and she soon settled in!


May 08, 2013
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by: Vic Anderson

Did you have him checked for worms ? Our newest springer was retrieving birds from 70 yards with his puppy teeth at that age. He is 11 months now and an amazing young hunter. I have had Springer Spaniels since 1973. At 5 months they should play hard and sleep on your lap later.

May 08, 2013
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by: Trina

Our pup played hard and slept alot and very hard:> I remember thinking he slept quite a bit. If he is new to you maybe he is just figuring out his place with you...If you are really concerned about it.. take him to your vet and see if anything is wrong. One more thing:> be prepared for wet muddy dogs.. they love water and mud...:> enjoy your new friend, there personalities are a riot...

May 08, 2013
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by: Anonymous

It is possible that he is just a little intimidated right now. He has been taken away from everything/everyone he knows and put into this new situation. He is probably very unsure of what the new deal is.

Reassure him. Spend as much time as you can with him. He needs to know what the rules are in this new place. Who is boss. Where is he in the pecking order. He needs to know where to potty, where his food is, where he sleeps, where his toys are and so on. Play with him as much as you can and be sure to start training him asap -- you can incorporate that into play time. Sit, stay, down, call all be part of a game you play.

Our Casey was 7 years old when he came to us and was almost invisible for the first 6 weeks. Then in week 6 he was sitting at the front door, looking out & saw another dog. He barked an alert for me. I guess he decided this was home. I was so excited. We celebrated all afternoon.

So hang in there & give your puppy some time and love.

May 08, 2013
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by: Anne

During the day he goes from being awake and a little playful to completely out for the count....that is until the children get home from School and then he's into all sorts of mischief!!
Maybe take him to the vet if he's really lethargic and non responsive. Probably just his age as he's still growing at 5 months.

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