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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 07-23-2018, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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Pup will not leave wife alone

our 4 month old (Groot) has developed some sort of fixation for my wife. We've only had him for about a month and a half and during the last 3 weeks or so, he has developed some sort of bond with my wife that is getting to the point of annoyance.
I work from home so I am with him almost 24/7 where as my wife is away from home working 8-10 hours each day. We are great together during the day but when my wife gets home, he attaches himself to her and will not let her out of his sight to the point of getting under her feet at times. She can't take 2 steps away from him without him having to be where ever she is. Only once in a while during the hours she is home will he be ok with her being out of sight and that doesn't last very long until he goes looking for her.
During the day, several times a day I am able to play with him and spend time working on commands. Is this a temporary thing or do you think he will grow out of it over time. Also, he has a habit of play biting her almost constantly. Not so much with me but sometimes. She is having to correct him almost constantly.
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post #2 of 42 (permalink) Old 07-23-2018, 04:13 PM
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Do you take him on fun walks and outdoor adventures?

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Not sure what that has to do with the attachment to my wife but yes.
We train with trainer once a week as well. We are both a part of his learning.
He currently gets very over stimulated when introduced to new dogs, but that is going to be addressed in training.

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Not sure what that has to do with the attachment to my wife but yes.
We train with trainer once a week as well. We are both a part of his learning.
He currently gets very over stimulated when introduced to new dogs, but that is going to be addressed in training.
It's about building a bond with your dog. If hes not interested in you, only in her, maybe you need to be more interesting

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It sounds to me like your wife is a "novelty" who comes and goes -- and changes his routine.


You, on the other hand, are available all the time - you do not vanish to then reappear --- so, yes, boring compared to your wife who is a rare thing.


I think this is pretty normal
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post #6 of 42 (permalink) Old 07-23-2018, 05:14 PM
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'I work from home so I am with him almost 24/7 where as my wife is away from home working 8-10 hours each day.'

I'm just guessing, but I think your pup considers your wife the new high end stiletto and you are the comfortable docksider. With her leaving everyday, the homecoming is exciting. You, well, you're always there.

I would crate him in another room for a few hours while I worked, tend to his bathroom needs and back to the crate until work is done. Then take him out for a rowdy game of ball and a little training. He'll learn to appreciate your attention more. I won't guarantee that he won't fawn all over your wife when she gets home, but he will likely show more appreciation for you.
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Agree that the pup needs time out every day....otherwise you create a dog who could end up with separation anxiety. I have a young pup right now who SCREAMS anytime she is left in a crate in a room alone, even to sleep....she HAS to be in the same room as me....she is quiet in the crate in my truck, and ends up fine when I am out of the house too...I am able to take her to work with me, but still leave her home in a crate or kennel a few days a week just so she does NOT get too dependent on me....

He should be crated part of the time your wife is home...he needs to understand being with you (collectively) is a privilege...feed in crate, give a bone and leave him alone for several hours each day and evening.

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It is not uncommon for a GSD to have a favorite person - even from a young age. Some here deny it, but in my experience, my female shepherds have idolized my husband. I do everything for the dogs. In spite of that, the girls worship the ground my husband walks on. I actually find it amusing and am not bothered by it. My husband eats it up. lol!
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I appreciate what you're saying but crating is not an option. We've tried several times to no avail. He goes into hysterics if left in the crate for more than a couple of mins without sight of either one of us. The last time we tried it at night and he was inconsolable for just over 3 hrs we let it go and he never gave up the hysterical yelping. The only time he was quiet was when he decided to chew up his crate pad for just over a minute at a time. The first few nights of crate training went pretty well but the last time was just ridiculous. It's almost as if something was terrorizing him the last night we tried. Now the only time he goes to crate is when we both have to leave and can't take him with us and it's never more than 2 hrs at a time. This has stumped his trainer as well.
He's a great pup otherwise and learns really quickly just not on these 2 subjects and only with my wife. Oh! I forgot to mention that whenever my wife and I show any affection to one another (hugs, Kisses, arm around each other) he seems jealous and physically separates us. It was funny at first, but it's getting annoying as well.

During the day he naps a lot until I am off work around 2pm especially after breakfast and during the heat of the day. After work is when he is able to get most of his exercise and training. He has many toy options and a giant KONG that he plays with and he keeps busy. But when she gets home all bets are off.

We absolutely LOVE this dog and will never give him up it's just these little things that somehow got out of hand.
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I am not bothered by it either and think it is funny to a point. It's when my wife get's upset is when I get concerned and wonder what we could be doing collectively that might cause this.
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