Why does my dog follow me like a shadow?

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Why does my dog follow me like a shadow?
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Tue, 11-02-2004 - 7:04am
I rescued a stray Rat Terrier (Roger) a year ago at 4 months old. Yes, I understand that he sees me as a dominant dog but, sheesh, not everyone's dog follows their every move, do they?

It's kind of annoying at times. I can't even get up out of my chair without him following me. It seems like a compulsion or something. The only time he lays down is when I am at the computer or eating my dinner at the table. But the minute I get up, he gets up.

It's not that I think it needs to stop, I just wonder what could be behind it. It's like he's overly attached.

Thanks,

Lucky

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Tue, 11-02-2004 - 8:49am

Hi Lucky,


I hate to tell you this, but my dog's name is Lucky. LOLOL!


My dog does the same thing and if you don't think it's annoying, then don't try to change the behavior. You must be the main caregiver of your dog. You feed him, walk him, take him outside, train him, etc. If this is the case, then your dog is doing something that is in high regard in the dog world. I'd feel good about knowing that you have the upper hand when it comes to your dog and he won't be tearing up the house when you're around! It took my dog a long time to be in a room without anyone in it. What's funny now is that when I'm not home, she finds a quiet place to lie down (even though the rest of my house is bustling with people) and will stay there until I get home. Then she will be wherever I am the rest of the time. The only time she likes to be on her own is in our yard. There she won't come near me! Funny how that works.

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~Rebecca~

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Tue, 11-02-2004 - 10:04am
Hi Lucky,


How does your dog react when you are not at home? Does he spend a long time crying? Is he destructive?

If you answered "no" to the last two questions, then I would say that your dog is not "overly attached".

My dogs will follow me around when I am home, or they follow my fiance when he is home...they want to know what their people are doing all the time. One of my dogs will lay on my feet and another will lay soveryclose to me that if I take a deep breath, they look to make sure everything is okay.

It is their way of showing love, devotion, even some protection, and respect. Like Rebecca said, unless it's really annoying you, I wouldn't worry about it too much.

Hope that helps!

dazed

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Tue, 11-02-2004 - 10:07am
My pups do the same thing! If I'm moving around the house, they're constantly at my side. I can't even pee in peace. The whole time I'm in the bathroom I hear puppies sniffing the door and I see paws reaching under the door. And if I don't close the door all the way, they'll bust through and sit next to me until I'm done. They don't respond that way to my husband. I am their main caregiver, although he does help a tremendous amount! I'm just the one who feeds them, disciplines them, talks to them, loves on them etc the most. And I think it's kind of nice that they like being with me so much. I take it as a HUGE compliment.

My previous pup Molly did the same thing to me. But I was also single and it was just the two of us for 6 1/2 yrs. I don't think she started being in other rooms without me until she was about 4 yrs old...and even that was rare.

This is the main reason why I love dogs....they're very loyal.

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Tue, 11-02-2004 - 10:15am
LOL, Thank God Lucky is just my nickname. Several things happened to me as a child and my parents would always say, "You were lucky to come out of that alive." When I was 2 a cue ball hit me square in the temple. When I was 4 my taboggan (sp) took a wrong turn and headed for a 20 foot drop. (A family friend tackled me just in time.) And when I was 26 (and had already aquired the nickname) I had a riding accident, landing on my head and getting stepped on. My friends wanted to call me Cat, for the 9 lives, but I was afraid that someday those lives would run out so I said no thanks to that one.

Anyhoo, about the dog......My dog does EVERYthing your's does. Including the outside thing. He sleeps under a bed if I'm not home and everyone else is home. One thing I'm working on just for him to have some confidence is saying "stay" when I leave my office (I bring him to work every day) and go to the other office for a few minutes. He's getting more relaxed and hopefully he will understand soon that nothing bad will happen if he's not glued to me.

Thanks,

Lucky

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Tue, 11-02-2004 - 10:18am
My dh and I both think that, in Roger's mind, the pack is on the move and he must keep up.

It is sweet but I feel bad when I get up and he gets up then I shut the bathroom door in his face. He just looks so sad.

Lucky

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Tue, 11-02-2004 - 10:32am
LOL! Oh the guilt trips we get from our dogs! :)

I know what you mean, we get it from our three dogs, too. I think everyone does!

Sounds like your dog is very lucky too, to have a "mom and dad" like you!

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Tue, 11-02-2004 - 4:15pm

Hi Lucky, welcome!