German Shepherd Dog Forums - Reply to Topic
Thread: Dog depression ? Reply to Thread
Send Trackbacks to (Separate multiple URLs with spaces) :
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the German Shepherd Dog Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

  Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

  Topic Review (Newest First)
12-19-2012 11:49 AM
Daisy&Lucky's Mom
Originally Posted by GatorBytes View Post
ah, a little fuss pot.
Turkey? high in trytophan...chicken too...home-made bone stock?
Im cooking a turkey for Christmas and I have some roasting chickens that are a little freezer burnt Ill make some stock. I bought some organic pumpkin seds today and will grind them to sneak in his food. Yes he is my drama prince.
12-19-2012 11:39 AM
GatorBytes ah, a little fuss pot.
Turkey? high in trytophan...chicken too...home-made bone stock?
12-19-2012 11:04 AM
Daisy&Lucky's Mom OK Lucky seemed excited re the sardines but on his second serving said no and now he's refusing tuna.
We are discussing fostering to adopt two sr. girls ( Seee thread on Sr sisters Non Urgent) . Not sure about this but will continue to explore.
any feedback would be appreciated.
12-16-2012 12:40 PM
Daisy&Lucky's Mom
Originally Posted by Magwart View Post
When our old female died, my old male fell in love with the shy, gentle, submissive 6-mo.-old pup we were fostering. He doted on the pup and seemed to really enjoy her company. I think it made a world of difference for him. We saw a new nurturing side of his personality emerge that we hadn't seen in the 10 previous years he'd been with us, and that was lovely to watch.

Many dogs are picky about their canine company. That young female he met may have not be the female for him. Maybe try introducing a submissive youngster who will look up to him--he might enjoy having a new job, looking after her.

Do you take him to dog parks, play groups, socialization events, play care or the like? If so, what kind of dogs does he prefer to hang out with? Is he still interacting with dogs in those environments now?
No dog parks .Daisy and he played lounged and hung out till she got real weak about a month before she collasped . I never tried we took them on day trips together . Im thinking basic obedience again starting in January and then seeing how he dfoes with other dogs there. Ive had less then positive experiences with puppy play when Daisy was young.I also think that your right about the young female.
There is a thread on here about 2 sr, female aged 8-9 . my husband and I both would love to have them but have no way to know if that would work.
12-16-2012 12:29 PM
Originally Posted by Daisy&Lucky's Mom View Post
Thanks. I so badly want him back full strength and be he usual self. Ive had to accept He is older,actually he is about 11. I do want another dog but didnt think that a puppy would be good . Thought about adopting an older female but need help introducing.Im trying to give him one on one but feel now its not enough.

When Shadow died Buddy went through this. He isolated himself and wouldn't come out to join us. We introduced him to a lot of dogs before we found one he was interested in. Surprisingly it was a 5-6 month old. Later we added another, a 7 year old female and now he is happier than I've ever seen him. He plays the regal older gentleman with Tasha and unbends and chases Ivan around in the mornings when he is feeling good. His eyes are clear, he coat is gleaming and he has re-joined the family. We had 5 dogs when he was little and apparently being part of a larger pack makes him happy. If all goes well now that things have calmed down a little (school is done and work is slowing down again) we are going to take in a foster.
12-16-2012 12:17 PM
Loneforce I hope you figure it out for Lucky. I was thinking it could be just the time of year too. I am having the same issues with Ginger and Jonas both. I am not so sure it is depression. Let me know what works for Lucky and if I figure something out I will let you know as well. Good luck!! ..................On a side note: I do know that Gingers arthritus has been acting up more since its damp and cold out, so that makes her a crab sometimes too lol
12-16-2012 12:09 PM
readaboutdogs Clipper is going thur this too. Cody was the leader dog and after he died clipper seemed at a lose of what to do. They are brothers, he will be 12 in jan. we do have hooch the little pitbull, but Cody was his best buddy. I love on him a lot, we have one of those mattress toppers we use for their bed, he likes to lay on it to eat his nite nite bone, but with no Cody to share it, he doesn't sleep on it at nite, so got him a different one to sleep on but still have the other one too. Kind of working on what "feels" will help I guess. I have to work also but come home at lunch to let him out, help me eat a sandwich! Just trying to give him extra love. Someone had asked me if I was going to get another puppy, but no, I wouldn't want to have to take away from time I have left with clipper, if he was quite a bit younger I would, but not at his age. Have been giving him the springtime products which do seem to help. It's hard to see them unhappy, sometimes clipper will go out look around the yard a bit, then stand and bark like " ok, come out now Cody, that's enough hiding". We both miss him so much.
12-16-2012 11:40 AM
huntergreen at the wolf preserve near me, there was a pack that had lost a member. the worker said it is normal for the pack to be depressed for a while after. not sure i have any advice for the op except that i have heard of dogs on prozac.
12-16-2012 08:52 AM
3dognite Our animals have always shown depression after we lose another pet--even the loss of a cat will make the dogs seem depressed, as will the loss of a dog make the cats seem sad.

I'll never ever forget when we lost a cat (it got hit by a car) and that night after we found it, both of our dogs and the two other cats all climbed up onto our bed with us. That was very unusual for them and the only time I can remember them doing that while we had that batch of animals.

Time, extra love and attention should help.
12-16-2012 07:30 AM
Momto2GSDs The homeopathic, Ignatia Amara is a remedy for depression that I have used myself and on my dogs for this type of situation. Pellet form (Ignatia Amara 30c) can be purchased at a local health food store (not GNC) and liquid (much easier) can be purchased from :: Loading Website.... Homeopathic's help to re-balance the system.
You would dissolve 3 pellets in purified water (takes a while) and drizzle this on to Lucky's gums 3 times per day for several weeks or until you see improvement, then stop. Give "in a clean mouth" meaning no food or water 20 minutes before of after administrating. There are 2 other homeopathic's that you can also try if this one doesn't do the trick in a couple of weeks.
I am so sorry for your loss and for Lucky. I've been there too.
Hope this helps.

Article: When Your Dog Morns The Loss Of Another Dog: 01 Grieving: When Your Dog Mourns the Loss of Another Dog - - a VIN company!
This thread has more than 10 replies. Click here to review the whole thread.

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome