Why Is My Dog So Clingy?

Separation anxiety

Separation anxiety is a common behavioral disorder in dogs. It occurs when a dog becomes excessively anxious when separated from their owner.

Lack of Confidence

Dogs who lack confidence may become clingy as a way to feel safe and secure.


Dogs need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy. If a dog is bored, they may become clingy as a way to get attention.

Illness or Injury

Dogs who are ill or injured may become clingy as a way to get comfort and support from their owners.

Change in Environment

Dogs can become clingy if they experience a sudden change in their environment, such as moving to a new home, a new baby in the family, or a new pet.

Learned Behavior

Dogs can learn to be clingy if they are rewarded for this behavior.

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