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Fancy has started this really annoying habit.  My velcro dog is too close!  She follows so close behind me that she literally walks on the back of my feet and legs.  We are still working on her jumping up on people, but she doesn't do it to me anymore because she knows she's not supposed to.  (I feel sorry for her when she sits for a greeting and people just ignore her then.)  She's starting to use her paws to touch or bat at you when you walk past her. When I walk and she's in the way, I just walk through her if I have to, and I claim my space with her.  But this new habit is really getting on my nerves, and it hurts!  Any ideas?

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I know exactly what you mean. she walks so close... Its like she's been surgically attatched!! The pawing, the walking in front of me, Skye also walks so close behind me, I feel like I've always got a nose in the back of my knee!! We haven't figured it out yet either.

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What if you guys stopped and walked backwards?

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Oh I've tried that. I'll stop dead in my tracks and she just runs into me she's so close.  I haven't tried walking backwards.  It's usually when we're walking down the hallway-I say "we" because it's at least 2 or all 3 of the dogs are following me, but the littles stay behind at a proper distance.  I'd be afraid I'll fall over her, but I'll try.  This is so strange complaining that your dog stays close to you, but walking up me is a different story!  I understand that she wants to be in front of the littles.

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I had a rescue dog that used his paws to "hook" your arm or leg to drag you to him.  I fell a few times before I figured out what the heck he was doing to me!! He was a queensland shep mix.. really smart and needy.

Steve bumps his nose into me so much I just forget about it now.  Its funny, I think Rick first described a "nose bump" on here and I was like hmm - whats that? (Steve was too little) now I know what it is.

I think walking backwards is good.  You use your squirt bottle on her, right?  Maybe use that to get her to respect boundaries?  Oof.. tricky tricky! I'm not sure what I'd do.  I'm very physical with Steve with if he's in my way, I bulldoze him with my legs, but now he's 81.4 lbs (weighed in yesterday!) and I don't seem to make enough physical impact anymore..!

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Ziva knows that if I loudly tell her "MOVE!" and she doesnt move out of my way, I will push right past her, and not gently, either.  Just another one of those off-beat commands that they pick up after hearing it a couple....thousand times!

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Oh yes, that's heard around here a lot also, so is "go play somewhere else" LOL  Velcro!

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I use the bulldozing tactic, but she just keeps going... I've tried backing up, she just keeps going... I've tried "MOVE", she just stands there... I'm starting to think my puppy has commen sense issues... lolz

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Started wearing shoes again on the beach, Q stopped dead one morning and i broke my wee toe, it was like walking into a brick wall :) most of the time he walks to heel :)

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Ha Ha Ha and I thought it was only Buster that had got this problem. I tell you honestly as much as we love him and he is growing fast, he is a "pain in the wotsit" because he is THERE!!!

He will not get out of the way and defiantly walks in front of you and slows rightdown or stops, I push past him or keep walking and he reluctantly moves, but on a serious note I am worried for the wife because she is not too steady on her legs owing to a couple of slight strokes she has had and Buster does the same with her, so I am going to have to get him out of the habit if I can.

But Velcro definately describes the "Dobe" well. In one way it is funny, and annoying, but can also be a nuisance. He is growing like anything now and getting a big "yobbo", in to everything, annoying you when he can and definately learning how to use his teeth, usually on me ! But he is getting corrected for that in no uncertain terms because as he gets older I dont want him to do it when he is fully grown.But he is coming on leaps and bounds, we are very happy with him overall.

 

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Walking backwards doesn't work! ha-ha. But Ziva's dad is right- MOVE works really well. 

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I definitely use "Move" for if Elka is RIGHT in front of me!  I don't know what I would suggest for being attached to the backs of my legs, however. Using Stay, or Wait, maybe, and turning it into a red light/green light sort of game. Start with dog at heel, tell he/she "wait", take X number of steps, release. Stop when they get too close again, rinse, repeat.

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Drama does the exact same thing to me. She doesn't follow my husband around as much or guest, but is definately "velcro-ed" to my side. She does this strange thing where she follows really close behind me and nudges me in my butt. I don't know whats up with her, she is just strange.

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Ginger does the nose pokes and follows really close (crashes into the back of my legs and gets accidetally thwaped by my swinging arms all the time), usually she will stop for a while if one oof those two things happens...but she always "forgets" and an hour or so later she will be back in shadow mode, lol

oh, and just wondering....does anyone else's pup nub poke? (We call it her "weenis") If you are standing or sitting still she will come up, turn around, back up, and puposefully jab you with her weenis a few times before doing a dober lean...I always found it strange and your post reminded me of it ^.^

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@Shiba - Nope, that is funny though! Those nubs do hurt though!

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Shiba.... WEENIS!! BOL.... I'm rolling, that's cute!!