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10-05-2014 04:25 AM
Nicnac My 14 week old follows me everywhere too. I've never had a dog act like this but I think it's very sweet. I only need to move and Riley is alert and watching. I have no idea how long it will last but makes me feel as if she's bonding with us
09-04-2014 01:22 PM
Debanneball Stella was my first shepherd, she lived to two months shy of 11 years, and I couldn't go outside after she passed...there was no shadow or 'velcro dog' as I am reading here. I thought she stuck so close to me was because she loved me so much, but little did she know, I loved her more! Fritz, my new puppy, turns 11 weeks tomorrow, and he too is velcro, and I am so happy. There is no better breed that I know of!
09-04-2014 12:18 PM
mssandslinger normal in my house! every furry creature follows me in to every room
09-04-2014 11:22 AM
wyoung2153 4 years later, Titan still follows me everywhere.. I mean EVERY where.. I haven't been able to take a shower, alone, unless I purposely put him in his bed or close the door before he gets in there. Otherwise.. he's on the mat outside the shower.. I have to open the door slightly and tell him to move.. and he moves to the mat by the sink. Same with the bathroom, going outside in the garage.. he just wants to be there with me. He has his own agenda but wants to be where I am, always.
09-04-2014 10:59 AM
jafo220 I have adopted the theory that it's due to two things. Pack drive and protection/safety. The latter could either be your protection/safety or theirs. Just my opinion.
09-04-2014 10:49 AM
DutchKarin One note. Little puppies instinctually will follow you. BUT, that does end and then it is a bit more work. I knew someone who went on about how great her puppy was following her off leash and yadayada. Then at 5 months the puppy moved into its adolescent period, wasn't so great about following any more, ran off, got hit by a car and died right in front of the woman.

Following is normal prior to what? 12-14 weeks, but then they get a bit more independent so don't assume this last forever, and for most dogs I don't think it does without careful training.

Just a word of caution.
09-04-2014 10:06 AM
Pawsed I think it's the reason they are called German "Shepherds". It's their job to be there at all times, keeping track of their human flock.

Our first GSD was always there, like she was supposed to be, to the point that, after she died many, many years ago, I thought I would catch glimpses of her out of the corner of my eye. I was just so used to her being right there, always. Who knows, maybe she still was.
09-04-2014 08:47 AM
brembo Allie is on my heels without fail. She pitches a fit if I close a door and she's not in the same room. Well, whines some and then lays down in front of door.

Cable watches closely and will follow if I'm going outside or leave eye-shot. He's figured me out and knows my patterns, Allie is still learning.
09-04-2014 08:45 AM
LaRen616 Totally normal.

Both of my dogs follow me everywhere, the members on here that are friends with me on Facebook have seen numerous photos of the dogs laying on the floor of my bathroom while I am in there getting ready.

09-04-2014 08:37 AM
blackshep 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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