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Is Eric too needy or just well bonded?

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insan1tyscartching Sat 23-Jul-16 13:08:22

Took Eric when we went to Matlock Bath for a walk by the river and fish and chips. He is always up for a fuss off of anyone tbh. Anyway a woman came to our table and made a fuss and asked if a couple of the young people she was supporting (local special school day trip) could stroke him assuring me that they were gentle and knew how to behave around dogs. Eric is happy with fuss from anyone so agreed it was fine but as she took hold of his lead he cried and signalled he wanted me to pick him up. Anyway I took him over to where the young people were sat and he got a fuss off of them all and showed them a couple of his tricks really happily.
Would your dogs cry if someone took their lead? Is that normal or is he just a bit too needy? We laughed and told them he was a mummy's boy but wonder if we could have problems looming?

TondelayaDellaVentamiglia Sat 23-Jul-16 13:11:59

i have a mummy's boy too, but oddly only while i have the lead....he'll dance about and hide behind me at the vets, which is amusing since he's a huge great donkey dog, (GSD) but once I hand over the lead he's happy to go

Otherwise he is pretty sniffy about who he will deign to talk to.

fourpawswhite Sat 23-Jul-16 13:14:46

I'm not sure, but I am having the same problem. We got a wee dog for my dh last year and she wants to be my dog. She is a confident happy little thing so long as I am there. If I so much as go to the toilet she crys.blush. If anyone tries to take or she hides behind me or climbs onto me. Very happy to speak so long as I am there.
She comes to work with me now and is happy to be left there, probably because she's used to it but does not like being left at home. It has not been a problem for us so far, other than her now being with me rather than dh. I secretly like that though......

insan1tyscartching Sat 23-Jul-16 13:40:55

See Eric's fine if I leave him at home either with the others or by himself although he is always delighted when I get back but he is equally thrilled when the others come home too.
He does cry and hide behind me when we take him to be groomed but they say he is as good as gold whilst he's there. He cries at the vets the minute he realises we are going in but assumed that was because he goes there in pain or he gets a jab so thought it negative association
He doesn't mind if I pass his lead to dh or one of the dc whilst we are out and about though it seems to be if it's someone outside of his family that he objects to.

MozzieRocks Mon 25-Jul-16 15:07:17

To me he sounds well bonded. Why would he want to leave his family (who had fish and chips?) and walk away with a stranger?
Eric sounds gorgeous.

chough Tue 26-Jul-16 09:43:30

He sounds like an intelligent dog, who's obviously loved by his family and feels secure with you all.
Enjoy your lovely dog and don't worry about him.

dillite Tue 26-Jul-16 22:27:32

Charlie is like that. She will cry as soon as I walk away- like if we sit in a cafe and I need the loo and will go, she will cry and bark like crazy and try and pull the table down to get to me. No-one else though, just me.

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