Many dog owners have experienced clingy behavior in their dogs at some point. There are many reasons that make dogs clingy. It’s sometimes a learned behavior or a sign of a problem. The best solution is to visit a veterinarian once you notice any clinginess in your dog. Below are some reasons why your dog is clingy.
Dogs are good learners and can adapt to inappropriate behaviors such as clinginess. Dogs usually learn this behavior from us depending on how we interact. For instance, your dog will likely be clingy if you offer rewards when they follow you.
Your dog will also be clingy if you let him follow you to the kitchen when giving him food or pet him when he lies next to you. Puppies will always want to be with you if you give them constant attention as they grow because of fear.
Aging and illness
Old or ill dogs with hearing and vision problems and cognitive decline can be clingy because of the changing world. Also, bored dogs will suddenly be clingy because they crave some excitement from their owners. Talk to the vet to identify the root of the problem and try to solve it.
Stress and anxiety
Dogs with anxiety problems develop clingy for some reason. Also, they can be clingy if they sense our anxiety or stress. Changing a dog’s routine or significant home improvements can also cause him stress.
Clinginess can also signify bigger problems, such as separation anxiety. You should know how to differentiate between clinginess and separation anxiety. Seek the help of a veterinary behaviorist if you can differentiate the two.
A dog experiencing separation anxiety will have anxiety panic when you are not around. Clingy dogs want to be around you but never experience panic attacks when you leave.
There are different ways of helping clingy dogs, including exercises and mental stimulation. Desensitize your dog from your regular routine and create a special space for him.