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Old 11-30-2018, 01:23 PM
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I have a 7 year old maltese that my girlfriend got as a puppy from the side of the road. Over the years she has lost most of her teeth and I heard was a wild and active dog but now 7 years later she just sleeps all day and licks her feet.( We think it's an allergy for licking but might be bordom) Does not want to play or do anything. At times she does not eat much and I bring her dog food to eat as she won't get up and go eat it. We got a puppy 8 months ago and does not interact with it and growls at it if it gets too close.

I am not sure how to get the dog to be more active and playful. With me, or the puppy or just by herself. Sleeping all day and after work just laying around. Is there anything I can do to correct this behavior??
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Old 11-30-2018, 04:13 PM
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I would strongly encourage you to take your dog to the vet. She sounds like she's not physically well. I'm surprised that she's already lost most of her feet. A 7-year-old Maltese should certainly be more active and still have a strong appetite. So, again, your first step should be an appointment with your dog's vet.
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Yes medical conditions need to be checked for first- there is no point using behavioural methods if a medical condition is the cause because no behavioural methods will work if there's a medical cause long term- the behaviour will continue. If the vet cant find anything your dog may be suffering from depression. A new routine including daily excercise & a healthy diet will be the next things to asess & implement. And of course loads of encouragement enthusiasm & cuddles from you to your pet. Your dog may enjoy a new toy as a xmas presi- on the spca.nz website they have ideas on presents your kids can make your pets this xmas. (Not sure if there's kids but thought I'd mention it) Its also free to subscribe.
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Thanks for info, I took her to the vet and we think it might be imbreed as some of her features are not right like nails that don't grow, coat that abnormal to the breed and loss of teeth.

She also has other odd habits, like going potty. We take her out and does one thing like pee and runs back in even though we know she has to poop she only does one at a time. Is there ways to change her behavior as she never listens or plays or reacts to anything than food?
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here are a couple of links & google search topics that you may find helpful.
www.dogsandpupsmagazine.com (what to do when your dogs depressed) www.safebee.com (Is my dog depressed?) 😩
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