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Q: Why are some dogs so needy?

March 2, 2009 | By Krysten K. | 10 answers | Expired: 2054 days ago

Why are some dogs so needy?

My dogs are very differnt in their needs, as far as wanting attention. Sandy has to be right up in my face as soon as I come home, Cindy Lou just needs a pat, as does Deon and Blossom. But I was wondering if there is reason behind Sandy's extreme needy behavior.

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Stan K.
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Mar 03, 2009

All dogs, like people are individuals. Some require reassurance or closeness, others only require an occational scritch, but all require their own level of love.
That is one reason to observe a potential adoptee to see if their style fits yours.
Some people make the mistake of thinking that their dog will be just as they think it should be. I have discovered that it is I that must be more flexible and then I find, after some time, that we meet at the perfect spot.
Good luck.

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Brendan J.
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Mar 02, 2009

Some breeds like attention more than others. For example, German Shepherds don't need that much affection, but Golden Retrievers need a lot of it.

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Jerrybear
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Mar 02, 2009

It might just be her personality.

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Amy R.
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Mar 02, 2009

Animals have very individual personalities and needs, just like people do. I'm sure you've met some people who are very independent, while others are constantly looking for your attention or approval. Pets can be the same way. It might also have to do with previous experiences in an animal's life that cause it to behave the way it does. I have found it to be very important to give each pet the love, attention, and/or space that he/she seems to want. It will keep you and your pet happy :-)

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Diane C.
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Mar 02, 2009

I have the same problem here. Two sisters, lab/chow mixes
and Missy is fine and her sister Bear is always wanting
attention. Could it be just the way their personalities are? Sorry I have no good answer for you.

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Joanne N.
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Mar 02, 2009

Shadow is the same way. He needs alot of attention. I am not sure if it is because he was passed around from home to home as a puppy befre we ended up getting him, or if he just wants to be reassured that we aren't leaving him.

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Roxanne P.
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Mar 02, 2009

the more attention dogs get as puppies the more needy and lovey they are when there older. they expect things to stay the same from puppyhood.

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Char H.
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Mar 02, 2009

It could be her background. I've had some foster dogs that have to have my attention all the time and most of them had come out of very abusive or neglectful situations. I've also had others that would come up for attention and then be happy to go play elsewhere. If you know where she was before you got her it could help explain why she is more needy than your other dogs.

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Stacie R.
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Mar 02, 2009

We have one dog that is needier than the other. Scout is generally a needier dog. He is also our worrier. We think some of it stems from having lived on the streets for a while before he was picked up and brought in as a stray.

Daisy is much more independent. She is happy we are home but doesn't need the attention as much as Scout does.

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Nicholas G.
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Mar 02, 2009

Just like humans, dogs are attracted to what feels good. Their sense of time is a little different than ours, so we tend to limit ourselves to certain things (like, licking/kissing your hand when you pet them) while they would just keep going (and often do).

I have a dog that is needy too, which I attribute to not being the brightest dog in the world, but also that she knows nothing other than to love back the way she is being loved. So when she is being petted, she'll often respond by kissing back until you move your hand away.

Also, I think some dogs are overwhelmed with their sense of emotion, and they just keep going with it until you give them a sense otherwise. Basically, they look to you to tell them how to behave in many ways, so if you give in, they will keep it up. If you don't, they will learn eventually and not be so overzealous.

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