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When a dog is Clingy

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When a new pooch enters into the house, a clingy Dog is here, it’s generally considered cute for their clingy behaviors. Everybody is happy. When a pup snuggles and begs for kisses it’s awesome. Bonding is in process.

Like every other kind of breeds, the same applies to small breeds.

After some time, you may feel like going through a normal daily routine. However, you’ll get surprised by their clingy behavior.

In contrast, a dog would be usually independent when going through a puppy stage. Then there is a sudden change of behavior. Anxiety and insecurity circles them. They become really clingy. Although you love them it can get annoying.

Clinginess in the Puppy stage

It’s important to think from the perspective of a pup too. They weren’t used to same human care and affection as opposed to their natural primal behavior from their littermates.

For the first 8 weeks, dog puppies have a very narrow worldview. They only feel secure and comfortable with their littermates. We all see puppies piling upon one another.

Then a new family comes and takes them and their view of reality is going to change rapidly. Unfamiliar faces will accompany them which can get quite terrifying as well as intimidating for them.

New owners just like me and you are going to make them feel like home. We spoil them.  We cuddle and give lots of attention.

After a week or so, we try to accommodate our normal lifestyle and activities hoping that they get used to the new home but you see, a puppy develops the clingy behavior when it has no reason to be self-sufficient. It is because all their behavior is dependent upon humans at the time.


It’s a good feeling your pup wants to snuggle with you. However, there are other things to take care of and it’s just terrible to leave the pup alone.

Traumatizing events

Dogs get traumatized when experiencing events such as a dog attack when walking, or someone might even have stepped on the tail. So they get really clingy when recovering from the terrifying incidents.

Traumatizing memories

It’s generally considered that the dogs can’t actually retain memories. It happens to be untrue. Canines can get access to spatial memory as well as procedural memory. Those whose don’t know – we remember and locate incident from spatial memory while procedural memory helps us to learn the action and consequence and thus, the dog training.

Therefore, a dog also recalls panic and fear when they get exposed to similar incidents which might have spooked it.

Canine health issues

It’s important to make sure that your dog is not injured or ill and is normal when your dog retreat when it is in some discomfort or is ill.

By the way, some drugs allow the canines to feel extremely vulnerable to the weakened physical capacity. When exposed to this vulnerable scenario, a puppy acts with powerful primal instinct – to protect itself. On the other hand, they are under the care of fellow humans so they might not be aggressive but will try to seek human attention. The attention can be never-ending.

Another possible health problem for a dog is the slipped kneecap problem known as locating patella. Most of the time, it causes severe pain for only a while. Then there are few cases where it causes the dogs to feel the initial pain but discomfort arises when canine moves in a certain way.


Moreover, if your dog is showing changes like fever, restless, resistance, shivering, lack of appetite and drastic changes in bowel habits you can expect some kind of clingy behavior. Try to address the problem as quickly as possible.

Owner – pet time

You may have reduced the bonding time with a dog recently and it can cause to backfire. When you change the schedule a dog unexpectedly becomes clingy when the bonding time with their favorite human was scheduled.

The routinely behaviors are good for the dogs as they anticipate that certain things are going to happen. However, they easily panic when the events don’t turn out.

In the same way, a dog also acts instinctively and clings to the owner like it’s the last time.

Old age

When they grow old they will face problems like vision problems. This sure causes discomfort. So it’s normal for a dog to cling to their favorite owners. When it can’t really depend upon its sight, they want to lean on the owner.

When the dog gets older, there is a chance that there is an occurrence of an issue known as Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome. This causes your dog to get confused and really anxious and lean on clingy behaviors.

However, the owners need not worry much as they can be cured with medication or surgery for blindness issues.

There can be lots of reasons for clinginess as each dog has their own window of the outside environment and their perception evolves when they get older.

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