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Old 01-11-2014, 01:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I got a long haired gsd puppy when he was 8 weeks and he followed me everywhere and whined if I wasn't in the room with him. Now he is 4 months old and doesn't seem to want anything to do with me. However if he is asleep in the living and I go into another room downstairs he will follow me but won't cone back upstairs. And when I leave the house he goes absolutely nuts and I can hear him carrying on from down the street, even if there are other family members at home. But other than that hes stopped following me around. He's very docile except when he gets into a snappy mode but I've heard that stops soon.
Ok so my question is do German shepherds become more velcro and clingy with age? Anyway I can get him to like me more?
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a dog that whines when you leave a room and "goes nuts" when you leave the house is showing separation anxiety and that is a sign of weak nerves. i'd be happy if your dog stopped crying and trying to be with you every single moment of the day. a little bit of independence is a sign of confidence in a dog. as long as you call him and he comes running enthusiastically then you're fine.
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you want to make sure that the "attachment" to you is healthy , not insecurity based .
He does not need to be glued to your every movement in the house .
When you leave the house don't make a big scene , a big emotional goodbye -- have another family member distract the dog in another room so that the dog is not even aware that you have left . Do not prime the dog for separation anxiety.
Then your family can let you know if the dog behaved the same way going nuts crying at the door or window .
If you want healthy attachment , get the dog into training, take the dog for a walk - do things with the dog so that he looks forward to being with you .
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a dog that whines when you leave a room and "goes nuts" when you leave the house is showing separation anxiety and that is a sign of weak nerves. i'd be happy if your dog stopped crying and trying to be with you every single moment of the day. a little bit of independence is a sign of confidence in a dog. as long as you call him and he comes running enthusiastically then you're fine.
I don't necessarily agree with that. Your dog may just be trying to tell you that you have abandoned them and since CLEARLY you don't know it, and CLEARLY didn't come back when they were quietly calling, now it's all ramped up.

Plus your dog is 100% normal to become more independent as he get's older. This is why I always say start up all the OFF leash training/walks and hiking when you first get your puppy and they feel they 'have' to stay with you. Because then you have a good basis when they get to the age that they now feel confident enough to leave you and explore.

You crate training? If you did that well just start using the safe lair of the crate to help when you leave the house. ---> What is crate training (why put my puppy in a cage?)

You read up on The Dog Listener by Jan Fennell? Great hints and tips to help our dogs.



Also keep working on all of this ---> Top Training Expectations for Puppies

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