So, you have a dog who acted normally most of the years. He came when he wanted to cuddle and he went. Then, he started behaving differently. Be became obsessed with you. Why is my dog so obsessed with me all of a sudden?
There are several reasons for that. As a matter of fact, we were able to find 7 of them that explain this change in behavior. Now, we are going to reveal them.
Why Is My Dog So Obsessed With Me All Of A Sudden
1. Separation anxiety
Why is my dog so obsessed with me all of a sudden? This has one, simple and most common answer. It is caused by separation anxiety. Your pet started feeling like this all of a sudden and he wants to be as close to you as possible, all the time. Keep in mind that separation anxiety and clinginess are not the same thing. In the case of separation anxiety, he will panic when you are not at home. Clinginess means that he will be close to you when you are at home.
If this is the explanation for your issue, leave an old piece of clothing at home, so he can smell it. Don’t play with him but ignore him when you come home. If the issue remains, talk to your vet. The bottom line is that dog is afraid to be without you and he obviously wants to be close to you whenever he can.
2. A massive change in his life
If you have moved or made any other, massive change in your life, your dog will be under a lot of stress and he will want to be with you all day long. This is basically the cause for the first reason, separation anxiety and you can see the similarity. It can happen at any given moment and it is going to last.
Sadly, there are no a lot of things you can do in this case scenario. You can try to make the transition as smooth as possible and to help your pet accept the new environment easily, but it is still a big change in his life.
Sadly, dongs can suffer from dementia as well. It is called CCDS (Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome) and it is common in senior dogs. What this means is that he will want to be close to you all the time, He is afraid when left alone or he may even forget that he played with you a few hours back. Imagine a person with Alzheimer’s. A dog with CCDS will behave in the same way. We must add that clinginess is one of the first and most common symptoms of dementia in dogs.
It is believed that most dogs will show the signs of this behavior as they age. They like spending more time with the owners due to the fact they feel more secure and feel protected.
No, we are not referring to the temperature. This applies to female dogs when they are ready to mate. She will start following you all the time and she will show other symptoms that are very interesting. For instance, she will start flirting with male dogs. She will pee all the time and her tail will be in a strange position. Other symptoms may include swollen vulva and discharge from it. In addition, your pet can be aggressive and will lick her genitals more often.
There are no a lot of things you can do in this case. You can wait until it passes which may last 2-3 weeks or you can take her to a male dog if you want puppies of course. Once the heat is over, your pet will return to a normal state.
5. He is bored
Here we have a not so bad reason for this behavior. In simple terms, your dog is bored and he wants to use every single opportunity he can to play with you. That’s why we can see them following you all the time and wanting to play as much as they can. It is a harmless reason for this behavior that’s still needs to be sorted out.
Ideally, you will start spending more time with your pet. You can take him to the park, organize different play dates and provide him all the toys he can play with. Don’t forget about snuffle mats and different puzzle games that can help him.
6. You are pregnant
If you notice this behavior all of a sudden, and especially if your pet is trying to reach your belly, congratulation. You are pregnant. Dogs are experts in sensing a major change in the human body. They feel that something major is happening and they will want to know more while at the same time trying to show you that. In addition, they may want to protect you more. Some dogs can be the best and the most accurate pregnancy test!
7. He is sick
Many dogs will want to be alone when sick. On the other side, we have dogs who will want to be close to their owner all the time. This can be caused by countless diseases, conditions, and issues. If you notice that your pet is acting differently, talk to your vet. In most cases, there is a successful treatment or a different type of help you can give to your dog. If he starts acting like this all of a sudden and there are no other symptoms, illness may be the answer.
Why is my dog so obsessed with me all of a sudden? It is one of these reasons. It is highly unlikely that multiple reasons are present, but it is still possible. Keep in mind that you may want to help your pet overcome this issue in specific cases or leave it and it will pass by itself. However, you need to know which cause is present and to react accordingly.
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