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A Brit that's TOO calm?

Posted: Fri Aug 28, 2015 4:03 pm
by brittienewbie
Hey guys and gals,

Over protective mama here! My man, Bearacuda, is two years old now...and he's a wonderful dog. Not without a few issues, but I guess that's true for all of us.

I've been concerned lately because he's been SO calm. Although he runs and plays when we go to the park, or for a hike, and he loves to play ball and go for walks, he's been really quiet in the house.

July was a rough month for our boys, as they both picked up a Clostridial infection from an ill fated camping trip - they love to dig in the mud and eat whatever they can find. So they were down and out for 2 weeks, no park, no class, no walks, no ball...just rest, fluids, and bland diet. Also, we don't train in August because our kennel club building isn't air that's come off of his schedule as well. Lastly, we've been limiting trips to the park for cooler days and evenings...he doesn't handle the heat well. While typing this out, I realize that it sounds like he's been cooped up in the house all summer, but that's really not the case. He still goes to the woods with us every weekend and runs the woods from Friday night until Sunday afternoon - although he's even by a little bit quieter up there too. He still gets exercise every day, either a walk or ball play or the park. And we still work on training every day.

For example, I got home today after him being kenneled for about 7 hours (mother in law comes to let them out at lunch time). We played ball and he ate dinner, now he's in his bed just lounging. Weird...this has been going on for a couple weeks now.

Am I being over protective? Is he just growing up? Or should I be concerned and run him to the vet?


Re: A Brit that's TOO calm?

Posted: Fri Aug 28, 2015 5:26 pm
by Cindy
I'd be inclined to give it a little more time. I know (well, really I don't know) that Brittanys "can" be on the quiet side but that's never been my experience. On the other hand, we just got home from visiting a friend who has a 2 year old (turned 2 in Dec.) ABR Brittany who is incredibly well behaved and VERY quiet around the house. Take her to the dog park and she's on the go, normal, playful but just not at home. Could it be that your guy is just growing up??

Re: A Brit that's TOO calm?

Posted: Fri Aug 28, 2015 5:39 pm
by janet909
I'd give it more time too. I was getting worried that something was wrong with Wesley because he's sooooo mellow. Then I realized that when I take him to the park or out to the desert, he runs non-stop like a wild man. We decided that he's just smart. Conserving energy for when he needs it. Everyone always tells me: "I can't believe you have 3 Brittanys. That's such a high strung breed". Funny, maybe I have the mellowist boys in the world but I got to say, they can hang all day if necessary.

Re: A Brit that's TOO calm?

Posted: Sat Aug 29, 2015 5:46 am
by Cindy
Maybe I have to back track a bit on my comments ... our dogs (not Kayla any more but she used to be) are high energy when we take them for hikes or to the lake but other than that, if they are indoors, they are good to just hang out and sleep. It took a little time to get Layla to that point after we adopted her but she did adjust.

Re: A Brit that's TOO calm?

Posted: Sat Aug 29, 2015 6:24 pm
by janet909
Haha....I have to clarify too. I meant that I was worried about Wesley this summer. He certainly didn't arrive mellow. That took YEARS !!!!! :roll: :roll: :roll: