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19th September 2007, 08:51 PM
I was wondering if anyone elses puppy does this....
Sally is now 7months and has followed me or my partner from room to room around the house from day one. At first it was good as it meant I could always keep an eye on her and I always knew where she was. As she is getting older I'd like her to have a little more independence to occupy herself. She has plenty of toys and even if I give her a chew or treat she still follows me and brings the chew with her!! It would make the house work so much easier if she didn't follow me right under my feet!

19th September 2007, 08:54 PM
Yes, it is very normal cavaier behaviour (indeed it is the hallmark of the breed to follow owners around like this!) and no, she is not likely to get any more independence -- this isn't an independent breed that likes to sit at a distance, it is a breed that wants to be next to you, all the time. :)

There's a long discussion on the same topic going on right now here:


I offered some links and suggestions and others have too, but basically, you are now seeing the true breed personality of the breed you chose. :cool:

19th September 2007, 08:55 PM
Yes-- having a cavalier means never being in any room alone again. They would rather be with people, than be alone. The only way I got to move from room to room was to get my cavalier a friend of her own-- and that doesn't always work.

19th September 2007, 08:56 PM
I have exactly the same problem!! :D

I can't go anywhere!! I think she's asleep and i get up and the radar kicks in and she's up following me everywhere i go.

She can't do anything on her own, she won't stay in a room on her own even if i just pop to another room and then come back!!

Can't go to the loo, if i shut the bathroom door she opens it! :rolleyes:

Treats and chews get brought along.....it's comical to see but it does wear on me sometimes as it's constant....


19th September 2007, 09:02 PM
About the most independent mine have gotten, is if I am working upstairs and go downstairs to use the bathroom or make a cup of coffee or tea, they will now jump up and then all line up in a row on the landing and peer down at me til they figure out if I look like I'll be staying downstairs -- in which case they all run down and arrange themselves on couches and armchairs. If I start coming back up the stairs they all slowly walk back into my office and settle themselves again. :rolleyes:

19th September 2007, 09:03 PM
I'd miss her if she didn't do it now she's become part me. My partner takes her out now while I do the house work to make it easier. Sally also opens the door when I'm on the loo!! :p It makes me laugh when I see her little face popping round the door! She's so inquisitive and highly intelligent.

19th September 2007, 09:14 PM
I don't mind that she follows me but I do feel bad when she has just fallen asleep or is in a good sleep and she gets up to follow me. poor dear how can she get any real rest!

19th September 2007, 09:24 PM
GEE and I thought it was just my little rescue that was an "in your face" dog. I thought she hung so close to me as she was afraid I would abandom her. I'm really glad to know that the "velcro dog" thing is just part and parcel of the breed! Though a little privacy in the rest room from time to time wouldn't necessarilty be a bad thing!

Scouty girl
20th September 2007, 02:09 AM
Yep Scout does the same thing follows me everywhere, My Mom always says it because she's a nosey girl and she's afriad she's going to miss something...LOL:luv:

20th September 2007, 05:42 AM
Yes, Barney is the same, he can be snoring his head off but as soon as you move he's there.:)

20th September 2007, 08:18 AM
baxter is my assistant chef, i cannot cook but he is under my feet i am terrible i will let something hot fall on him and he is hoping and praying that i let some food fall so he can get it as the other 2 are playing! i don't think i would want it any other way i love the way they look at u!

20th September 2007, 11:14 AM
it's nice to know they are all the same :D.....i thought it was because Holly was a rescue dog and it was an attachement/anxeity thing...

20th September 2007, 02:46 PM
Can't go to the loo, if i shut the bathroom door she opens it! :rolleyes:

Annie does this EVERY time one of us goes to the bathroom. If you don't shut the door completely, she comes barging in while you do your business.

I guess she figures that we get to watch per potty, so she should do the same.

Daisy's Mom
20th September 2007, 02:56 PM
Daisy has always been my follower, too. I feel sorry for her when I am doing housework. I always think that she'll get tired of getting up and moving from room to room constantly. She has maybe decreased that behavior a tiny bit in the last couple of months. (She's about 17 months old.) I get surprised every once in a while now when I'm in the office and I look around and think "Hey! Where's my little shadow?"

The funny thing about Daisy is that although she shadows me, she seldom wants to be on my lap, or even wants me to pet her when she is in this follower mode. She just wants to be in the room and watch me. She is more independent than most Cavaliers, I think, which is actually good because she is alone 2-3 days during the week for about 6 hours. She seriously acts like she couldn't care less. She goes right in her crate when we leave, and then when we get home, we open her crate immediately and she just lays in there and looks at us like "Oh! You guys are home?" Sometimes we even have to entice her with a treat to come out. If we completely ignore her, she'll walk out of her crate slowly after a couple of m inutes and stretch really big and wag her tail slowly and amble over to one of us.

She's a funny little thing -- ultra-Cavalier-like in some ways, and very independent in others. She was the one puppy in the litter who didn't come up to us when we went to the breeder's house (that actually broke my heart). She wagged her tail at us and was happy when we talked to her, but she then just kind of wandered away when we got occupied with other puppies there. It kind of threw me off, to tell you the truth. She's the opposite now, with new people, she goes absolutely bonkers when she meets someone new. She will run away from me at a dead run to meet anyone new. I may as well be whistling Dixie as to try to call her back or control her when a stranger is around. She's all over them. So unlike my poodles I had growing up. They were the exact opposite. They loved me and my family and really didn't have that much interest in anyone else.

20th September 2007, 03:02 PM
Not only does Bentley follow me into the bathroom, he wants me to pick him up while I'm sitting there! :o:rolleyes::eek:

Cathy T
20th September 2007, 03:17 PM
Of course he does! If he's anything like Jake....he can never be too close!! I talk to Jake while I shower.....he lays on the bath mat and we chat :D Shelby comes in to see what we're doing....and then promptly finds it boring and leaves.

20th September 2007, 03:20 PM
Jaspar likes to mound my clothes up and lie on them when I'm in the shower. :rolleyes: Earlier today he made me laugh because I turned on the shower and he came charging into the bathroom when he heard the noise. :lol:

20th September 2007, 03:47 PM
Kingston follows me everywhere (but not his dad). He is a clingy little boy, and I love him for it. I can't close the bathroom door when I'm in there because he'll scratch to get in. So I leave the door cracked open, and when he pushes his way through I say "Privacy please!" Of course, he ignores me.

Do most Cavaliers attach to one person in the household? My boyfriend can leave the house, and Kingston acts like nothing happened. But if I leave he will cry, bark, and scratch.

Emma n Renco
20th September 2007, 03:54 PM
he he - Glad Harvey isn't the only one who does this. No place is sacred in our place - it's a one floor apartment and showers and loo time must also involve Harvey sitting in the same room.... He's so adorable and I would miss it if he wasn't there everytime I turned :-)

20th September 2007, 04:21 PM
My two are exactly the same! They follow me everywhere, to the loo as well, and today they were there all the time when I was doing housework and checking that everything gets done properly! In the loo Hermione also likes to look into the toilet seat and loves to watch it being flushed...:o Sometimes I feel I don't want to move when they are so peacefully asleep because I know that they'll be up straight away when I leave the room. Well, I'm never alone any more that's for sure:D

20th September 2007, 04:52 PM
Jaspar likes to mound my clothes up and lie on them when I'm in the shower. :rolleyes: Earlier today he made me laugh because I turned on the shower and he came charging into the bathroom when he heard the noise. :lol:

Ha ha!! It is now a ritual that Holly sits on the bath mat (watching my every move!) until i've finished and then when i get out of the shower, Holly gets in and licks the shower floor?!! icon_blshing:D

Also we can't go anywhere without her saying hello to everyone, she goes up to complete strangers, tail wagging and she loves it!! Walks turn into expiditions!! :rolleyes:


Oscar's Mum
20th September 2007, 05:08 PM
I don't mind that she follows me but I do feel bad when she has just fallen asleep or is in a good sleep and she gets up to follow me. poor dear how can she get any real rest!

That is just what troubled me. I knew that it was normal for my pup to follow me EVERYWHERE, but I wasn't expecting him to get up mid-nap! I was really worried he wasn't sleeping enough! :wggle:

20th September 2007, 07:05 PM
He he - Molly does exactly the same. We have renamed her The Shadow - she follows me everywhere: the garden, the loo, the kitchen, my office... any minute without me seems a wasted minute :D
The only exception is when she has found something forbidden (our socks etc.) that she would like to hide from us - the we have to chase her around the house LOL!

20th September 2007, 07:25 PM
Oh they get tons of sleep, don't worry -- they sleep all night, then half the day as wel given the opportunityl. :) Most dogs will benefit from the exercise of getting up to follow their owners about! Alternatively they ould be active all day long and just sleep at night and they'd still be perfectly fine (just as we are fine on just night sleep).

20th September 2007, 08:03 PM
Just discovered this thread, and all I can say is TRUE, TRUE, TRUE!! They just cannot stand to be away from you for a split second! I went to my parents yesterday and my Father went out in the front garden to do a job, all 3 of theirs were lined up on the stairs watching him through the window, I wish I'd had my camera with me to video them, Dad wandered off down the side of the house to put something in the garage and they all pelted through the house at top speed to meet him by the gulley gate in case he was coming back in that way!!

Then when I got home I was "accompanied" upstairs by my cuddle who had to sit outside the bathroom door! They can't all fit in my bathroom, plus there is a distinct danger of being thrown in the bath if I think they look a bit grubby! :lol:

21st September 2007, 01:56 AM
Sabrina follows us EVERYWHERE we go!!! Now if we are both home she will usually stay where I am at, but on occassion follow my husband. The other day I was working at my second part-time job and I came home and my husband had been ironing all day for me. He said he would iron a shirt and Sabrina was on the bed content, but as soon as he moved to the closet which you can see from the bed, she would get down and follow him then back on the bed she went. He said when he took a break and sat down in the chair in the bedroom she would jump up on the chair and snuggle and when he got back up to iron she would get back on the bed. This went on all day, needless to say she snored all night long in my ear like a freight train along with hubby, now if I could just get them to be in sync it might not be so bad. YEAH RIGHT !!!!

21st September 2007, 09:11 AM
she snored all night long in my ear like a freight train

HaHa! :-p
Holly's a terrible snorer....it's like listening to a man after 10 pints!! :D

I've never heard a dog snore like this!!

So unladylike!! ;):rolleyes:


25th September 2007, 04:24 PM
I am so glad it isn't just mine. I thought maybe she was just having a hard time with separation! She follows me everywhere. I work from home and if I have to get up to go to a file cabinet, take a call, or whatever, she jumps up. If my leather chair squeeks, she barks like mad thinking a cat meowed! She can be sound asleep and she will let me know one of my 3 cats is on the front porch. It drives me mad sometimes. I just want her to relax and sleep! Other times it is endearing. Like when in the bathroom and she comes wandering in to see me. And she always has a bone or something hanging from her mouth. It goes where she goes. They are so cute and precious. I knew they were a breed that loved their owners, but wow! What love it is! My daughter always asks why Lily doesn't do this to her. I just figure she has picked me over her. :) But, we are together all the time, so it makes sense. How I love cavaliers!

Kerry and Bentley
25th September 2007, 04:28 PM
I talk to Jake while I shower.....he lays on the bath mat and we chat :D

Oh my goodness Bentley does this too!! I LOVE my shadow - it saddens me when he decides not to follow me somewhere.

Barbara Nixon
25th September 2007, 04:56 PM
I rarely go to the toilet alone, especially if it looks as though I may be going out. There have been as many as four in the bathroom with me, on occasions.

25th September 2007, 05:22 PM
Rocky is a little shadow. He rests on the platform of the tub when I am bathing. He just has to be close. He does have a little independence and will take himself out on a grasshopper hunt or a bird chase in the yard for entertainment if he is bored. I think this has rubbed off from our other pup. She is a Tibetan Spaniel/Cavalier mix. She loves laps and follows me around but not as closely. She will wait to see if I'm coming back to the room she is in for about 5 minutes before she will come and find me. She does let me use the washroom in privacy, where as Rocky pushes in if the door is not shut tight. I actually adore this attention that they give. Wouldn't have it any other way.