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Sounds like separation anxiety.

What?
Dogs do that - it's the pack thing. The dog may or may not have separation anxiety but following its owner around the house in the absence of other problem behaviors (destructive behavior when you're not there, general carrying on when you're not there, etc.) is no reason to assume there's anything pathological going on.

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As others have said, my dogs prefer to be in the same room with me. I have dog beds in the den so they can be comfortable while they are keeping me company.

We have doggie beds in both the living room and the computer room, the rooms where we spend most of our at-home waking hours.
Some dogs don't do this but many do. It's not that they feel insecure but rather that they are dogs and relate to pack behavior - which means that you stay mostly together. I like that my companion animals are companionable.

Well said! Yep, they like to be in close proximity. In the kitchen, there's a high probability of morsels of food landing on the floor, so both are in attendance when anyone is in there - it has top priority. The problem comes when Hubster is in one room and I am in another. Oppie, in particular, is likely to pick a spot midway between us so that he can keep an eye on us both. Chile is more likely to lounge in the bed closest to any human.

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Hi I have a black lab, 2 yrs, who just ... reason. I just hope he's not feeling insecure!! Any suggestions??

How long have you had the dog? Is this a new behavior? Is it nine months old? Or is it ... to pack behavior - which means that you stay mostly together. I like that my companion animals are companionable. Judy

Hi Judy
Thanks for the response, we've had Oscar for almost 2 years and although he has followed me around the house, it just seems to be more full-on now. He doesn't follow me so much when there are other people in the house and he'll follow me whether I have the baby or not. I've always worked from home, so he's used to having me around. Don't get me wrong, I love having him around, but was just a bit worried that he wasn't leaving me alone at all. I totally agree with all the comments about dogs needing to follow the pack, which probably explains his behaviour. And yes he does follow me into the bathroom as well!!!

Tracy
Hi I have a black lab, 2 yrs, who just ... reason. I just hope he's not feeling insecure!! Any suggestions??

Sounds like separation anxiety. My baby does the same thing. She follows me down the hall and when I'm wearing ... accept you as the leader and know you will protect them, it will subside. It's all in there little heads!

I don't think it's separation anxiety as he's fine when we leave him alone in the house and he sleeps downstairs, so he's not with us 24/7. I think the pack related behaviour is the most probably reason behind this.
Sounds like separation anxiety.

You should perhaps consider not trying to diagnose people's dogs from afar.
My baby does the same thing. She follows me down the hall and when I'm wearing shorts, I feel her ... accept you as the leader and know you will protect them, it will subside. It's all in there little heads!

My absolutely confident and *non-SA* dog was the one who followed me everywhere. He, too, liked to touch his cold, wet nose to the backs of my bare knees. He got quite a laugh out of my reaction.

Now, if my baby did that, I might worry.

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Now, if my baby did that, I might worry.

Years ago, I somehow became a daycare provider in my home. The little boy that I took care of for the longest period of time, started crawling at some point. I was taking in foster and boarder puppies at the time as well. None of the puppies ever chewed on my furniture. OTOH, Cris crawled over to my new dining room table and sunk his teeth into the leg. AHH! Good thing he didn't have TOO many teeth at the time! He's 16 now, so I'm assuming he doesn't do that anymore!

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Hi I have a black lab, 2 yrs, who just won't let me out of his sight. He follows me ... I do have a 9mth baby, which may be the reason. I just hope he's not feeling insecure!! Any suggestions??

I'm unsure...
Is this a problem you are trying to solve?
Or looking for an explanation as to why?
The why is most likely that he likes you. He likes being with you, and spending time with you. My 3 year old lab loves to sit at my feet while I'm working on the computer, or studying etc. I like it. I find it a huge compliment, as there are far more interesting things in the house.

If its a problem you're trying to solve (maybe worried about tripping over the dog when carrying the baby around), give him something else to do. I send my boys to go lie on the couch if they're getting too much underfoot, or if I'm only running out to do some little thing, I'll put them in a sit/stay until I get back (my old boy has trouble with stairs, and I feel bad having him follow me all the way up, just to have to turn around and go back again as soon as he gets up).
As far as bathrooms go, my boys are aloud to follow me in. I figure, I watch them pee, they can watch me pee. Has the benefit that it desensitizes them to the fear of going in to the bathroom for a bath...

Dale
My 3 year old lab loves to sit at my feet

Are your sure that's not "ON"? ;-D
I'm only running out to do some little thing, I'll put them in a sit/stay until I get back (my ... all the way up, just to have to turn around and go back again as soon as he gets up).

Yeah - I've been there with an elderly pet as well. A stay or a gate, for their own good, can be necessary.

Janet Boss
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