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    hi guys
    well tommorrow will be a week that someone dumped a dog at my shop shes a chi mix,im a big dog person,always had big dogs,except for my cairn,but he hangs with the big dogs thinks he is one,anyways this little chi mix follows me everywhere,and if she cant see me she cries,do all little dogs do this,or is she just clingy because she was abandoned,i fell right on my kness yesterday,because i turned around and there she was right at my feet,and down i go,its kinda of annoying,that she follows me everywhere,even to the bathroom,is there anything i can do,or is this just a small dog trait,im fostering her,trying to find her a forever loving home,but i feel so bad because shes so clingy to me,but i have to many pets to keep her,and someones driving up from l.a.to see her this weekend,should my hubby show the dog without me?i fear if im there she wont let anyone get near her
    thank you

  • #2
    Following you around is definatly not just a small dog trait. My Boxer does the same thing, the only differnece being that I don't have to worry about squishing a her flat...lol
    SheilaB from SC

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    • #3
      She is insecure. I would be too if I got dumped off with a stranger and my owner never came back. Set boundrys and give her some confidance.
      If your dog is fat, you are not getting enough exercise!

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      • #4
        Not a small dog thing. Lots of dogs follow their owners everywhere. I had a husky who used to BEAT me to the bathroom if thats where he thought I was going. And my Dads spaniels have always been his shadows. They were always at his heel. But, she probably also has some emotional issues from being abandoned and scared. Who knows what happened before that.

        I dont think its necessary to have your hubby show her. The "right" owner will understand where the issues are coming from and that those issues will be transfered to her (the new owner) If this person coming to look at her isnt the right person you dont want her to go to the person anyway. Sometimes it takes time to find the right person for the right dog.

        Good luck though!!!!! I hope this person coming to look is the most perfectest owner for her ever. She sounds like she needs to be loved.

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        • #5
          AWWWwwww, you'd act that way too if someone dumped you and she lost her home and family. Poor little doggie, she will get better as time goes on she just doesn't understand what is going on.

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          • #6
            aww, why do people do this kind of thing? Well, my cocker spaniel follows me EVERYWHERE!!! I used to have a dobie and he followed me EVERYWHERE!!! I used to have a pitbull/mix and he would follow me to the couch every morning and there he stayed all day, so I dunno, I guess different dogs are different. some are just needier and more people oriented than others I guess. My sister has been wanting a chi for a looooooooooooooooong time now!!!

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            • #7
              My Rott x is constanly behind me. I turn around and she is right there. She never use to be like that..I think it may just be her old age (17).
              My Dachshund follows me everywhere too. She has to be in the bathroom with me, and if I close the door tight, she will whine and scratch at it. If I sit down, she has to be on my lap, if not,she whines. I have noone to blame but myself...when she was just little, I held her all the time and let her sleep on my lap.
              My Standard on the other hand...he could care less. Only time he follows me is when I have food.

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              • #8
                How sweet!

                I have owned lots of small dogs. I also don't think that this is necessarily a small dog trait. It does sound like she feels secure with you, probably because you are such a good dog mommy! She will probably be less clingy as she feels more secure. It's so nice that you are fostering her. I hope that she gets a really good home.

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                • #9
                  Our big dogs follow us everywhere and so does my little one... and THE CAT. They will quit if we say to, but I usually just let them as after being in the wrong place at the wrong time a few times they've all learned not to be underfoot.


                  Best of luck finding this little one a great new home... poor thing!

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                  • #10
                    thanks for your replies,im just scared im going to step on her and hurt her,because shes so small,shes smaller than some of my cats,my only concern is im going to step on her,like i said ive already fallen,which is ok im a big clutz anyways

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                    • #11
                      How sad for you all. Did the owners bring her for a groom and then not pick her up or just left her on the door step? I have never had anyone not pick up a dog from grooming but have sure thought about it. People would assume that as dog lovers we will take care of their unwanted pets. AND of course, we WILL!

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                      • #12
                        I think a lot of it has to do with her being dumped. You were the friendly face so she wants to stay close to you. We had gotten a Chi years ago and for the first few weeks she was my hubby's shadow. Then she got use to the place and would be with anyone.
                        I don't think it is a small dog trait either. Whenever we were outside with our Rottie he was right there. You couldn't sit down without his face in your lap and his body as close to you as possible.
                        It takes a little more care when it is a little giu who is following you around, you end up stepping on them, falling over them, stumbling on them.
                        I don't think it necessary for just your hubby be there when someone comes to see the little one. The right person will understand why the pup is so clingy to you.
                        Good luck. She really sounds like a sweet little girl.
                        "There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face."
                        Diane

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                        • #13
                          Poor little thing. She's probably more than a little unsure of what's going on after being abandoned; you're probably the person she trusts the most right now. When the right owner comes along there's a good chance she'll be able to trust them too. Hope she finds a good home.

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                          • #14
                            Hi Pugnacious, I had a customer call and make an appointment for me to come groom his dog so he could die. I thought he sounded strange on the phone. He said the dogs rear was matted and she needed to be groomed right away. So I squeezed him in. When I got to his house he wasn't waiting outside like normal. When I knocked on the door, he yelled out "call 911". The ambulance came, they told me they had been there 3 times that week and he had refused to go to the hospital. He asked me if I would take his dog, of course I said yes. He went to the hospital and passed away a few days later. I found the Shih Tzu a good forever home but it wasn't in my area so I don't even groom her anymore.

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                            • #15
                              I had small dogs they follow sometimes they just want to be with you

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