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Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by kdh, Nov 23, 2009.


  1. kdh

    kdh PetForums Newbie

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    My dog, a cross between a poodle and a labrador, feels like it's attached to my leg all the time by an invisible piece of string.

    Every move I make, it follows. Wherever I go, it's at my feet. It also seems desperate for the tiniest little titbit of food all the time. I've never ever given her anything but regular meals.

    There are other members in my family but I am the one she follows everywhere.

    I need some space sometimes. Are they all like this?
     
  2. simplysardonic

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    Our dog's like this from the minute I get home from college to the minute I go to bed, then he's on my feet on the bed:)
     
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    laalie is like that with me all the time and will sit and whine outside the bathroom door if i am having a shower and she sleeps on the bed close to me all night.
     
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    I'm glad I'm not alone in having dogs that like to congregate & cry outside the bathroom. I did try letting them in to see if that helped but they just stood around staring at me in the bath, which seemed slightly creepy
     
  5. ad_1980

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    ooh well serves you right in a sense for getting a x poodle!

    Poodles generally are known as people dogs, who don't like to be left alone blah blah blah. Mika is very much how you've described with me, follows me everywhere - with the exception of going to the bathroom. I don't mind it to be honest because i love the company :)
     
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    My GSD and BC are like this, i call them my velcro dogs, Dalton especially is my shadow, i move he comes with me, sits/lays outside the door etc, but both are ok l eft alone for short periods of time too,
    One of them is usually either under my legs, sat on my foot, or laying right next to me.
    I actually dont mind them being so close, but will go to their beds when told to
    xx
     
  7. kdh

    kdh PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks guys - I thought it was only me.

    Not so bad now!
     
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    welshdoglover PetForums Senior

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    Wow, my poodle pup does this following thing and whining outside the bathroom door. :D
     
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    LuLu my chinese crested also does this. She drives OH mad if I go out and leave her with him because she will sit at the door whining untill I get back! If I go to the toilet upstairs she has learnt she can fit up the side of the stairgate and come with me, so I don't even get peace doing that! lol. I don't mind though, and some breeds are more likley to be like it than others.
     
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    I remember that! LOLl

    Still waiting for more pics :)
     
  11. hutch6

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    A dog that follows you, whines at you when you go into another room and it can't get to you, gets up when you get up, never leaves your side is a very anxious dog.
     
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    Ludo was very much like you have described your dog to be. Always in my shadow and following me around. After on particular incident when I was wandering round in my crutches and he tripped me up and I sprained my wrist, I started teaching him the stay command, first by teaching him to stay in his crate while I was in the room, then when he had that going out of the room, then not using the crate and telling him to sit on the floor and stay. He will now reliably stay where I have told him to for a couple of minutes and always gets praised for staying when I come back. He'll still follow me at every oppurtunity. but when I tell him to stay, he stays and comes through to me on command if I say 'here'.

    Peace
    Akai-Chan
     
  13. charlie9009

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    LuLu isn't anxious, she just likes being with me, and I enjoy having her there. She will stop in the house on her own and not make a sound, it is only when she's left with the OH she whines, but he doesn't have much to do with her, so I think that's why. If I'm sat, she will wonder off and have a nose about the house, so she will leave my side if she wants.
     
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    But when you're not there she whines and she's not an axious dog?
     
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    No, I don't think she is anyway. Chinese cresteds are lap dogs, and well known for following their owners about. She likes coming places with me, and I think she gets a bit miffed that she's been left behind.
     
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    Dogs don't get miffed they get stressed and worried.

    If I tell my dogs to stay they stay. They don't think "Why the heck can't I come?!?!!" as they are following a request.

    A dog that follows you about everywhere isn't doing it for its health it is doing it for one of two reasons - an easy meal (treat) or security.

    How can a person that constantly asks where you are when you leave the hosue be relaxed? They are anxious. They either have something incredibly exciting to tell you or they are worried about being without you. Dogs don't have anythign exciting to tell us because they don't preplan like us so that only leaves the dog being worried about where you are.

    When you get up and go to the kitchen for a glass of water and the dog that was lying down suddenly perks up and stands up or even just raises its head it does so because it is expecting soemthign to happen - "What are you doing that is going to benefit me?" or "Where are you going? Why are you going there? I must come with you." A relaxed dog or a relaxed person would just wait for you to come back and not fret about where you are going or where you have gone.

    Your dog whines when you aren't there but it also does this when your OH is there so it has human company yet it is anxious about where you are.
     
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