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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-03-2014, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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my new pup follows me EVERYWHERE!

is it normal or natural for a new puppy to follow you around literally everywhere you go?! i mean i cant even do my business in peace without him coming and laying beside me! and we have a couple of baby gates in the house and god forbid you step over the gate and it becomes the end of the world because he cant get to me. hopefully this is a a good thing and he just loves me bunches lol
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-03-2014, 09:42 PM
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It is normal at our house, we have the smallest bathroom(in the world), but there she lays as I get ready for work. Try keeping dog hair off of black dress pants...
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post #3 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-03-2014, 10:24 PM
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My girl is just over a year old and I haven't been able to use the bathroom in private since the day I got her (that and I have 3 kids, lol). She is always in the same room as I am. Doesn't matter if she is sleeping and I leave the room for a second.
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post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-03-2014, 11:11 PM
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It can be a form of separation anxiety. But, especially with young puppies, remember that they are raised in a litter, and they have no experience with being on their own at all. This drive to connect with another being is part of the reason dogs and humans have such a great partnership. A pup that is happy to hang out in the living room while you go to the bedroom or bathroom, might be a tad bit independent, and tougher all around to train and live with. A pup that is happy to hang out in the living room when you go to the fridge, needs its temperature checked.

GSDs are dubbed "velcro dogs" because of their desire to be right with us all the time. I used to have to tell Cujo,, "Really boy, I can take care of this on my own, and there is no exit" when I went to the can at my folks' house.

Babs is usually great, will lie on my bed or sit on her chair in my study now while I am in other parts of the house. When she was a pup, she wanted to even check on me when I was in the shower -- what a goof!

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post #5 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-03-2014, 11:47 PM
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I have 2 shadows: one shaped like me and one shaped like a GSD.

She doesn't just follow me around but also needs to know what I'm doing. Doing laundry? Sticks her head in the dryer to make sure all is well. Cooking? Lays right behind me just in case I need a helping paw. On the computer? On one of her pillows right behind my chair.

There are times she will lay in the living room even when I'm elsewhere in the house, but only after she's checked on me a few times. And then if she hears me moving about, she'll come check on me again.

Yep, fuzzy velcro.

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post #6 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-03-2014, 11:56 PM
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Enjoy it. My most recent puppy was like that until she hit five months and then she was off and running. Use that to bond with her.
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post #7 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-04-2014, 06:06 AM
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yup, enjoy it. In the meantime, if the pup uses a crate remember to put him in there now and then even if you are puttering around the house. That way going into the crate doesn't signal that your are leaving the house. I put my pup, almost 9 months old now, into his crate during his mid day nap, to get house work done. He still likes to chase my broom, vacuum, dust clothes, etc.
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post #8 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-04-2014, 06:45 AM
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Thats how mine is... sometime i feel so bad when i get up in the middle of the night he would too and follow me to the bathroom and kitchen and try to sleep while waiting for me then go back to the bedroom with me .

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Yep, they earn that nickname of Velcro Dog Treat them like a small child - close the door if you want privacy Otherwise it'll never happen lol


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post #10 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-04-2014, 08:37 AM
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Oh totally normal. Remember too, without mom or littermates, he feels vulnerable and looks to you for protection.

They are Velcro dogs, these GSD. Mine never leaves my side. Hard to believe, but after a while, when they finally do wander off, you miss them and want them to come back. lol
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