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Is my Hav a stalker?

I'm at home with my Hav and we can both be relaxing on the sofa. I just get up for a glass of water, and I can feel him breathing on my ankles. He follows me every where. I crack up laughing, and maybe that just encourages him. I do leave him during the day for about 8 hours while I'm at work. I thought maybe he had separation anxiety. I have tried teaching him the command "Relax!" and if I'm within eye sight of him, he sometimes will not jump up and follow me.

Do I have a stalker on my hands?

I know that Havs can be outstanding signal and alert dogs. That's one characteristic I wanted in my dog family member. He's very alert and curious. I just don't know if he enjoys the "guard" dog duty. If this is his job as a dog and it makes him happy, it really doesn't bother me. On the other hand, if it just makes him anxious, where he's following me because he's afraid I'm not coming back, how can I teach him to "relax" without taking away his instincts for being alert.

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sounds totally normal to me!!

I remember Tillie dragging herself up all drugged up, barely able to walk just to follow me to the bathroom after her spay!! Silly girl, by the time she GOT there I was done... I ended up bringing her crate out to the living room and putting her in it, so she could REST during those few days! LOL

They just want to be with us. I don't think you can or even 'should' teach him to relax... they LIVE to follow our evey move!! If he is fine while you are at work, don't worry about seperation anxiety!! This is normal hav behavior. Tillie follows me so closely, often times her nose is ON the back of my leg, I love it!!

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I ditto what Tammy said. They are called 'velcro dogs' for a reason! Like your dog, my Cey doesn't cry when we leave for work/school, but once we are home he will follow me from room to room, even awakening from a sound sleep to jump up and follow me to the next room. Even to the bathroom! And god forbid we should return home after work/school and then leave him home alone again - then, he does actually cry (he doesn't at all during the day). I think that he understands that we have to leave him during the day so that's tolerable, but the rest of the time, we are definitely supposed to be 'his'
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I love it that he's so alert. I do bring his crate in the living room with me when we're relaxing at home. He likes his crate. He drinks from a water bottle on his crate door. He always has fresh water available throughout the day and evening. I feed him in the morning, and usually I need to leave his food bowl out when I leave for work. The bowl is empty when I come home, and I fill it again and let him eat when he wants.

During the day when I'm at work, his crate is left open in a larger x-pen area with two potty pads. He has started to "hold it" during the day, even though he has the option to use the potty pads. He prefers to go outside, and I do take him out 3x a day. I am considering a walker in the afternoon. I suspect he sleeps most of the day. He has odd potty behavior. He won't pee and poop on the same potty pad, so I need to 2 right next to each other!

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Totally Havanese... If Ache is sleeping and I move, she gets up in a second to follow me. She follows me everytime, everywhere and I am home most of the time. I can imagine it would be more so if I am out for 8 hours. Enjoy it... They feel completely relax doing it , and happy as can be.


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Sometimes I wonder who stalks who?
Just the other day Henry stepped away to get a toy from the other room - and I followed him! - wanted to know where he was going!
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Yeah, totally a Hav thing. Brody can be dead to the world, asleep on his back and I'll creep away ever-so-quietly, turn around...and there he is!

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Sometimes I wonder who stalks who?
Just the other day Henry stepped away to get a toy from the other room - and I followed him! - wanted to know where he was going!
That's funny!

I just brought Sergio home less than a month ago. He's getting to know my apartment.

I saw last night that he discovered he could easily go under my bed through my bed skirt.

This morning, I suspected he was "hiding" under the bed. I shut off the light and closed the bedroom door and left him in there, playing with him just to see what he would do. "I wonder where Sergio went."

It took only a few seconds for him to "alert" me that he was inside the bedroom.

I edited this to add, that by "go" under my bed, I didn't mean "go potty." He is house trained and 2 years old, so I haven't caught any surprises yet inside. That's another good thing about him following me. I can see what he's up to.

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I am always afraid I will step over Baxter or, worse, trip and fall on him -- he's always on my heels. Unless, of course, he's "herding" me to go outdoors. He's get behind me sometimes when we're on our way out and start pushing at my back legs like I'm a sheep!
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[QUOTE=curly_DC;419615] He has odd potty behavior. He won't pee and poop on the same potty pad, so I need to 2 right next to each other! [/QUOTE


I think this is normal too. TIllie has never been potty pad trained, trained to outside right away as our weather is mild enough to do that, BUT she has ALWAYS done poo in one area and pee in another in the grass.


and ha ha ha, I also sometimes stalk Tillie... seriously she is ALWAYS right there, so when she isn't I'm like WHAT is she up to!?? LOL

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