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In the last month or so Eli has really begun to "verbalize". I work from home and he's usually close by. He's begun to come over to me and scratch at the chair leg, gently nip my pant legs, or softly whine while looking at me. Sometimes I think it means he needs to potty, at night it might mean he needs a drink (I pick up his water around 8 PM to avoid overnight potty accidents), sometimes it seems he wants a snack. Sometimes I can't figure it out and we're both frustrated! It's like when my babies were small and couldn't speak yet, although I had a much easier time understanding what they wanted!!! Does your Hav demonstrate this behavior? If so, what does it normally mean? I really need help decoding his signs as I feel like I'm failing him when I don't understand what he wants. Thanks all!
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Could mean he just wants attention. Both my guys will do that to me if it seems (to them) I am not giving them the proper amount of love and attention. They do this a lot if I am on the computer too much.

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Bailey makes his needs known very clearly. He clops at his bowl when he wants food or water. He barks or scratches at any surface near me when he needs to go out to make. On occasion though, he's trying to get my attention for something and I cant figure out what it is. It is frustrating for both of us, so I completely understand.

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Tucker does this when he wants attention. If he needs to go potty he'll come up to me and whine. He used to scratch on the door, but changed to whining about 6 mos. ago. He's so funny! If I don't stop whatever I'm doing and play with him for a few minutes, he keeps pushing harder and harder on my leg until I get up. He just needs about 5 min. of attention and he's content again. Be assured you will figure out what Eli wants.
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In the last month or so Eli has really begun to "verbalize". I work from home and he's usually close by. He's begun to come over to me and scratch at the chair leg, gently nip my pant legs, or softly whine while looking at me. Sometimes I think it means he needs to potty, at night it might mean he needs a drink (I pick up his water around 8 PM to avoid overnight potty accidents), sometimes it seems he wants a snack. Sometimes I can't figure it out and we're both frustrated! It's like when my babies were small and couldn't speak yet, although I had a much easier time understanding what they wanted!!! Does your Hav demonstrate this behavior? If so, what does it normally mean? I really need help decoding his signs as I feel like I'm failing him when I don't understand what he wants. Thanks all!
We went through a LONG period like this, before his signals became clearer. And as JeanMarie said, it can just be for attention. (which you don't really want to encourage, since it is still "demand" behavior, whether it's barking or not) Over time, Kodi has gotten clearer with his signals. His water dish has a reservoir, and is always down, so that's not an issue now. But before we got this waterer, he would occasionally run out, and I'd hear him batting his dish around in the kitchen when he needed water. When he needs to go out, he stands kind of half way between me and the door and gives a little yip. If I don't get the message, he'll bark louder. If he wants to play, he'll start bringing me toys and pile them at my feet. If I'm at a point that I can break off and play, I will, if not, he keeps piling!

Oh, and I forgot another one... when he wants to go to bed, he'll come and flop down beside me, so hard that you can hear his elbows hit the floor. He gives this little wheezy whine of protest, like he's going to expire, at the same time!


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Thanks everyone for the advice. I also think he just wanted more attention. The past few days I've been reacting to his attempts to engage by playing with him for a few minutes. It seemed to have been working, but this morning he's acting very "needy". He normally snoozes in the morning but he's been wide awake and driving me to distraction. If only there was a doggy day care nearby! I really think he needs the interaction with other dogs. The only option in my neighborhood is my vet who offers day care service. However, that just means they let the dogs sit in the small office with the secretary. There aren't many other dogs around and no real supervison or engagement with them.
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Augie is a bit hard to read as he is not at all vocal. He sits and stares. Sometimes he will paw at my arm. The relentless staring usually means he has to go out potty. Finn is already more vocal and 'out there' with his demands. Two totally different personalities.

Ellie, are you busier than usual today when he is acting so needy? I notice Augie gets needy and underfoot more when I am busy, especially so when I am trying to get things around for a trip. I feel like it makes him nervous and he needs reassurance.

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