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Is it good for a dog to follow his or her owner everywhere?

My gf's dog will stop whatever he is doing no matter what it is to follow her out of the room. Even if he is doing his favorite thing, such as chewing on his favorite toy or, being petted and such. Why does he do this and how can we stop it. It has caused some problems, for instance yesterday when she left the room he jumped up and bounded to go with her and she almost had the door shut and he tried to squeeze through and knocked a table over that had drinks and other items on it and broke them. She told him to stay(he knows that command well by the way) and still he bounded after her and broke stuff. Also he follows her to inapporpriate places such as the bathroom. Also we think it contributes to his seperation anxiety. Help me please. Only suggestions that will help, please no smart alek answers. I have heard enough of them on this site. By the way he is a 17 month old collie/heeler mix and is about 40 lbs. so he can bump things and scratch you when he is running after her. He will stay most of the time, I would say 90% at least. I just want him to become more independant. It seems like he thinks he wont be ok without her. If she leaves the room sometimes and he doesn't make it out with her he whines or lays at the door untill she gets back. It just doesn't seem mentally healthy for him to be that way. My gf did no training what so ever with the dog I have done it all and have only been in the picture for a few months. She always let him follow her because it was "cute" now it is becoming a problem. I want to know how to fix it, before he breaks anythig else or scrathes me or the kids again, while trying to go with her. It just seems like he HAS to be with her, and I don't think that can be good for him or his seperation anxiety. Is it because she always let him follow her everywhere before and it is habit or because he has an obsession with her, and doesnt feel like he can survive without her. he lft hs mthr as sn as he 8 solid food, cd ths b y

Asked By: snizzo23 - 4/17/2006
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He is a working breed in need of a job. His job is apparently to be her dog. I had a heeler that made her job to be my shadow. I liked it, but she wasn't neurotic about it either. The dog is young, and sounds like a rambunctious teenager. He should not be corrected in anger for this. I would suggest a positive training... More
Answered By: purplesometimes - 4/17/2006
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My friend's border collie does the same thing. You MUST teach him to STAY. You say he knows that command, but he obviously doesn't or he would... More
Answered By: Gwenhwyvar - 4/17/2006
 
the dog just wants to make sure that the owner is safe from harm
Answered By: lucasshiner - 4/17/2006
 
geeze, the dog loves you, he will stop as he or she gets older.
Answered By: sidekick - 4/17/2006
 
He is obviously a protective dog, like Lassie. She would always follow the boy to protect him, like from the wolves. So, it's probably a natural duty for a collie to protect their owner.
Answered By: Psidronic - 4/17/2006
 
You hit the nail on the head: separation anxiety... More
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Answered By: DirtyWhiteGuy - 4/17/2006
 
Sounds like you have a dog with Separation Anxiety (SA). Does he howl or bark or distroy things when she leaves as well... More
Answered By: km2red - 4/17/2006
 
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