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Old 06-02-2009, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Rural New Mexico
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Just read that the term for dogs who are clingy are called "Velcro" dogs. Anyone else have one? My new dog follows me everywhere except when outdoors and then he's happy to run as fast as he can, usually after a rabbit.
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Old 06-02-2009, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Gilbert, AZ
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Oh yes.. I swear I can't go anywhere in the house or backyard without him attached at my hip! Sometimes just to mess with his mind I will run and hide somewhere... then watch him look for me, running all over the house like "where'd she go?". Even when I am in the bathroom.. he is laying right on the floor beside me... A little personal space please!!
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Old 06-02-2009, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Some place very cold
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I've been taking care of a friend's dog who is velcro dog. She follows me everywhere even into the bathroom. She follows me into the kitchen, she follows me into the garage. She follows me to the end of the driveway to get the mail, she follows me up the stairs. When I take a bath, she puts her paws up on the edge of the tub and watches me.

I have no problem with this except for when I have to go somewhere, and then she holds me hostage with her separation anxiety. She is only 6 months old. Do they grow out of the separation anxiety? I often look at her and say, "Are you ever going to grow up?" Her answer is to stare at me like I am her life line.


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Old 06-02-2009, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Deep in the Heart of Texas
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... then she holds me hostage with her separation anxiety. She is only 6 months old. Do they grow out of the separation anxiety? I often look at her and say, "Are you ever going to grow up?" Her answer is to stair at me like I am her life line.

Nope, they don't grow out of it. Desensitization and training will help, and the sooner the better. The longer the behavior goes on the harder it is to address. "I'll Be Home Soon" by Patricia McConnell has some good tips on dealing with separation issues.
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Old 06-02-2009, 06:18 PM
 
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Just read that the term for dogs who are clingy are called "Velcro" dogs. Anyone else have one? My new dog follows me everywhere except when outdoors and then he's happy to run as fast as he can, usually after a rabbit.
My dog is a velcro dog. His name is appropriately, Shadow.

Of late, he's apparently forgotten that I was on the leash behind him a few times when he's seen a rabbit.

My neighbors must wonder what's going on when all the sudden they hear me screaming NOOOO Shadow!!!! .... as I run frantically trying to keep up with him long enough to get my composure and get him to stop.
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Old 06-02-2009, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH
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My girl has seperation anxiety. She must follow me everywhere, including the bathroom! When I leave I have to crate her or else she attacks my door. So when my ex-husband was here over Spring break to be with the kids, I explained the issue and he understood she needed to be in the crate. So this bonehead decides he is going out to the store, and since he would be gone for only 15 minutes, that he could just leave her out. Needless to say, he was horrified by her reaction! She howls/barks like she is being stabbed, she bites the doorknob, she scraches up the wall by the doorknob and the bottom of the door. Does he turn around and put her in the crate? No. He figures she will stop in a few minutes. (I live on the 3rd floor with no elevator - I think it was just laziness). He gets back after 15 minutes (so he says) and she is still doing it! So then he jokes when he is telling me about it and says, yeah my phone rang when I was at the store and it was Harley, she said ****, you better get back here right now or I'm gonna slit my paws! Now it was really funny when he said it, but my poor dog was devastated. Mind you, she is fine in her crate. She does not howl/bark or go crazy. I guess that's why he thought she would be ok.

She was worse when I first brought her home from the pound. Which I expected. Dogs do best with w routine, and mine is set in stone so it really helped her adjust. Give him time and it may improve. One thing I learned was to not make a big deal out of leaving and coming back.
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Old 06-02-2009, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Lemon Grove, CA USA
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Mine isn't quite velcro but he wants to be with me most of the time. Pretty funny really. He will be sacked out in the hall, where he can see into my office, and I'll get up to do something. As soon as I walk by him he's up and following. I put him in his room at night since I have a cat too and he whines the first little bit until he realizes I'm not going to respond.
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Old 06-02-2009, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, New York
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Don't feel so bad I have 2 of them... They follow me into the bathroom. I can't get dressed because they think it's to walk them outside... I can't eat in peace because they are beggin in front of my face barking, crying, drooling and jumping on me .........annoying me

But I still love em because they are so so so loyal to me and love me unconditionally no matter if I get dressed and don't walk them out or lock them out the bathroom they will always be there when I return..........LOL and do it all again.
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Old 06-02-2009, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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So understandable in a shelter dog who had a bad life before you. My Layla follows me everywhere and licks my hand or leg, whatever she can get at it. I've had her 4 yrs now; she was taken away from her 1st owner for either abuse or neglect and I am her 3rd owner. She spent some time in a shelter after the first owner so I figure she will be attached to me forever, which is OK by me. Since I had another dog whern I adopted her, she was OK with being left alone with him (now there are 3 of them).
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Old 06-02-2009, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Some place very cold
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She was worse when I first brought her home from the pound. Which I expected. Dogs do best with w routine, and mine is set in stone so it really helped her adjust. Give him time and it may improve. One thing I learned was to not make a big deal out of leaving and coming back.
This is what I am worried about. I do not have a routine at all. The dog is spoiled when I am with her and hates it when I leave. What ends up happening is I feel guilty for going out of the house alone.

Strangely, she is okay if I leave her in the car. She loves going in the car and is fine being left alone when I go into a store for errands or even if I leave her for a few hours in the car while I have lunch or dinner out. But she goes bananas when she is left in the house, which is hard on the people I share space with.

I had the option to give her a forever home, but my concern is that I am always living in apartments and neighbors will not put up with a barking dog. If I had more money, I would have more options, but this is not the case.

The longer I have the dog, the more attached, guilty, confused I feel.
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