I adopted my 7-year-old lab, Bubba, from a shelter last May. In that time, he has become very clingy(but not to the point of destruction when I leave), following me EVERYWHERE around the house. He's also developed this annoying habit of waking me up early in the morning for nothing other than to keep him company.My husband lets him out when he gets home from work, which is around 6:30 am, but he still clomps up the stairs(LOUDLY) half an hour later to see if I'm awake yet. Now, it's getting to the point that he wakes me up after I've been asleep for 3 or 4 hours. Like I mentioned, I don't think it's because he has to go outside that bad, but because he wants company. I give him plenty of attention during the day, and try not to get angry with him when he does this, but my patience is wearing thin. How do I curb this behavior now, and save my sanity? We're expecting our first child in a few months, and will be up all hours with him, I'm sure. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.
The only thing I can think of is to start crating him. He may protest at first, but will get used to it if you stick with it. Have your husband take him out first and then crate him with a special bone like a greenie or a kong to keep him busy. He will eventually begin to get used to the ritual and look forward to it. Dogs are creatures of habit and sometimes habits form pretty quickly. If something gives them positive reinforcement one time, they will expect it over and over.
Bison does the same thing!!!! Except my bf leaves for work at 3am so he lets the dogs out at 2:30am. Bison used to always comes in the bedroom when he comes back in and wakes me up. He will nudge me with his cold nose and lick my face until I wake up. The first couple of nights it was cute but then it got annoying. So then my bf started shutting the bedroom door. That didn't work. He would stand outside the door and whine and scratch on the door until I got up and let him in. Finally I ended up having to yell and I mean yell at him to "leave me alone". I think it hurt his feelings the first time but now he quietly comes in the room and lays at the foot of the bed on the floor. Then when I do get up I give him lovin and he gets very excited. He has adjusted to it. He follows me everywhere I go and I mean everywhere. (even the bathroom). He doesn't do this with my bf only me. I have adjusted as well but it does get on my nerves sometime when I am trying to do something and I have to constintly say.."Move". Good thing he is not a little dog or he would have been stepped on alot. I talked to my breeder about it and she says he is just "in love" with me. So I take the good with the bad.
I have 4 collies a springer and a schnauzer. Two of the collies are like that and I finally made them cushions out of a king size comforter that I split in half. They are now content to sleep on them next to my bed. I found tht with dogs that come from rescue or a shelter they are insecure not knowing if they are staying or not. Good luck