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Will my puppy ever stop following me round?
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FaceClothParty · 10/02/2020 19:55

9 week old cockerpoo. She sleeps at night really well in a crate and happily goes in.

But in the day, she wants to be on a lap, or follows around. She’ll occasionally take a chew toy off to her bed. But try with a baby gate into kitchen and whining and barking. Wong be in a play pen or crate in the day....

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Sonichu · 10/02/2020 20:00

She's a baby. What do you expect from a puppy?

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Eckhart · 10/02/2020 20:05

My JRT cross would howl and howl and howl in the mornings when she was a baby - because I'd gone for a shower. She's grown up healthily attached to me and good at being left home alone, too. Don't worry. Yours will grow out of it.

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ThroughThickAndThin01 · 10/02/2020 20:07

She’s 9 weeks. Of course she wants the security of being with you. Blimey.

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CupCupGoose · 10/02/2020 20:09

My 3 year old and 18 month old dogs still follow me everywhere. Even if I Stand up to switch a light on, they will jump up excitedly and follow me across the room.

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DaisyArtichoke7 · 10/02/2020 20:09

Mine is 16 weeks now and often takes himself off and settles down for a bit but for the first 4 or 5 weeks he either sat on me or followed me.

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DaisyArtichoke7 · 10/02/2020 20:10

He is a cockerpoo

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Lfle26 · 10/02/2020 20:11

My Cockapoo is almost 3 and still follows me around everywhere if I’m in the house!!

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Dreamersandwishers · 10/02/2020 20:16

Nope. 2 labs, pretty much glued to me all day. Guess they never know when I might start cooking😂

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Velveteal · 10/02/2020 20:16

They do get better as they get older although I think some are naturally more independent than others. Just keep popping in and out of the room, very low key, very boring and they might eventually get the hint.

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Veterinari · 10/02/2020 20:18

She's only 9 weeks so will need a lot of reassurance - the last couple of weeks will have been very stressful for her.

However you do need to train her to settle and stay calm without you. Cocker poi's are prone to separation anxiety.

Look at dog's trust dog school videos for the settle command

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joffreyscoffees · 10/02/2020 20:38

My younger dog will be 6 this year.. he still follows me around the house, will not settle in another room away from me (although is fine when we leave the house). Not sure why it's a problem.

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Olliephaunt4eyes · 10/02/2020 20:40

My dog is now a year and a half and whines and cries if he can't see me or one of the other humans in the household. Mostly DH to be honest. He's the favourite. Some dogs just like their humans close.

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user1471453601 · 10/02/2020 20:45

Our dog (9 years old, rescue, had her for two years) decided quite early on that DD was her (dogs) person.

Dog is fine with us when DD is at work. When DD is home, she follows DD. To the point DD calls dog " her little shadow".

Dog loves you and she's only a baby

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adaline · 10/02/2020 20:47

Mine is two on Friday and still follows me around the house!

He can be left on his own though and if I shut him out of a room he'll settle fine. But if I leave the door or baby gate open then he's there in a flash Grin

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Whynosnowyet · 10/02/2020 20:48

Lurchers 6 +9 still supervise me having a wee....

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BayandBlonde · 10/02/2020 20:49

Expect this for another 15 years or so!

What's wrong with pup wanting to be with their owner?

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Yamihere · 10/02/2020 20:54

Don't leave your pup to bark and whine, that can lead to separation anxiety which is a bugger to cure!
Leave pup with a chew, Kong or similar, for a minute to begin with and gradually increase time away from them while they are happy relaxing.
Remember though, their whole world has completely changed the last couple of weeks and they are still very much a baby. They have just been taken from mum, siblings and only home they have ever known. All that after being born not long before the stressful Xmas period, it is no wonder pup needs some reassurance.

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nicky7654 · 10/02/2020 20:59

Seriously your pup is 9 weeks! Why did you have a pup? You obviously don't care very much for the poor thing!!! Unbelievable!!!!!

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Velveteal · 10/02/2020 21:19

Why do people have to be so horrible in their replies!! What on earth in the op indicates that she ‘obviously doesn’t care very much for the poor thing’ what a ridiculous statement! Puppies are really hard work, it can feel overwhelming. Let’s give the op some support and encouragement instead of throwing insults.

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Velveteal · 10/02/2020 21:20

OP-join us on the puppy support thread. We’re a kind, non judgemental group all going through the same difficulties.

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FaceClothParty · 10/02/2020 21:30

She’s a great little pup, full of character....but I am worried that she’ll never be able to be on her own for a bit. I’m looking for reassurance that this is normal.

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FaceClothParty · 10/02/2020 21:31

She loves a chew but I was worried about giving her too many. So was thinking one a day.

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Lostkeyagain · 10/02/2020 21:34

Mine still follows me everywhere (including the loo unless I shut her out). You’ll get used to it!

PS Can we see a photo of your pup?

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TeensArghhhh · 10/02/2020 21:36

The pup is 9 weeks old! Of course she wants to be with you. A great time to train recall.

My dog is 2 years old and still insists on joining me in the kitchen/bath/shower/toilet.

She is happy enough being left on her own for up to 3 hours now. We worked hard on it - at her pace.

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adaline · 10/02/2020 21:38

She’s a great little pup, full of character....but I am worried that she’ll never be able to be on her own for a bit. I’m looking for reassurance that this is normal.

Honestly, don't worry. It's totally normal. Remember, she's been through lots of upheaval recently - you're her new mum!

You can give her treat balls or kongs with some of her food in if you're worried about overfeeding her. Measure out a daily allowance of kibble and split it between meals/treats/training. We got treat balls for mine - you put the biscuits in the cracks of the ball and pup has to get them out. Or you can stuff a kong with wet food and freeze it for her to work at.

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