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Old 01-13-2013, 08:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Achilles is 14 months old. He follows us everywhere. Up the stairs, down the stairs, into the bathroom (but leaves when instructed to). I expect this behavior as part of normal puppy behavior, but he's not so much a puppy anymore.

Is this something that should cease on its own or is it something that needs to be learned somehow.

Normally I don't mind, except that at times, I have almost tripped over him coming down the stairs. More concerning is when my 3/yo is coming down the stairs and Achilles pushes him as he is coming down the stairs himself.
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There's a reason we call them shadows My girl is 32 months old and is still always on my, or my bf's, heels.
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They are guardian angels. Do you have a plug by the stairway? I suggest a nitelight. When they get older they wont follow as bad, but they will checkup on you.
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Old 01-13-2013, 09:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Hey - at least they are big. Our Chinese Cresteds follow us everywhere as puppies - always underfoot - and they are TINY!! We do the Puppy Shuffle when they are out and about - you basically don't lift your foot off the ground.
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They are known as companion dogs for a reason.

They really do need a human to please and interact with. They don't care what you're doing they just want to do it with you.
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LOL.. My Kira is always behind me. She follows me to every room in my house, and will wait at the doorway.
It's a beautiful thing, and a true testament to your dog's devotion to you.

Enjoy it.

Just an FYI... When she does follow me, I always take the opportunity to exercise her "stay" command. If I'm walking to the other side of my home, and she starts to follow, I'll occasionally put her into a stay, and reward her for waiting for me.
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This is normal GSD behavior. My 14 yr old girl still follows me from room to room.
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Old 01-13-2013, 09:56 PM   #8 (permalink)
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They are known as companion dogs for a reason.

They really do need a human to please and interact with. They don't care what you're doing they just want to do it with you.
Exactly.
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I was in my attic today putting x-mas boxes away. Pull down ladder & my boy was trying to climb the ladder to be with me. If I didn't tell him to stay I swear he would have climbed it...not sure how I would have got him down
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Lisl was with me too, every trip up and down the stairs to the attic. I was doing the same thing as you.
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