How do you get a dog to not follow you all around the house and act like a fool when you are gone?

  • Bottom line is that you should never have gotten the dog because you don't want to give the dog any training or attention. You didn't mention if this was a put or adult dog. Pups will follow you around the house and separation anxiety happens with most dogs. I have a small dog and he was six weeks old when I brought him home. He was sweet and followed me everywhere after all, he'd just left his mother and I was his comfort zone now. Sometimes I would put him in his kennel with a blanket and toy so I could do other work, but always directed the opening of the kennel to where I was working at the time and he seemed happy and contented. Once I finished my work I would let him out and praise him very highly. It didn't take long to get things happening and he listened to commands well and is more independent. Dogs have feelings, so unless you can spend some quality time with your pet and won't have to leave them home for eight hours a day without at least a friend dropping by to let the dog out to do it's business then don't get a dog!
  • If your dog "act[s] like a fool when you are gone," this has a lot to do with you, as the owner. Dogs are ANIMALS and have animal instincts. In the wild, dogs live in packs who have a hierarchy. The leader of the pack "alpha" are the ones who make the decisions and reinforce rules and boundaries. As an alpha, they decide when the pack eats, when the pack leaves the den (or house), etc. Humans need to be the alpha in the "pack." Dogs who feel like they are the leader go crazy when a subordinate leaves the home without their say-so. It confuses the dog(s) about who really is running the household. To avoid this neurotic behavior, you should start walking your dog everyday before you go to work and when you get home. Teach them to heel. Heeling is when the dog walks on the left side of you. They can also walk behind you, but never EVER in front of you. When you let a dog walk in front of you, this is giving them leadership and confusing them even more so. I taught my dog to heel in 5 minutes. Dogs are intelligent and catch on quickly. There is so much to dog psychology and knowing what is and what is not acceptable is extremely important to live harmoniously with your canine friend. When exiting and entering any building with your dog, all humans in the "pack" go first and the dog last. This is telling the dog that he is lowest ranking. Never start a walk while your dog is in a hyper state of mind. If the dog is hyper, just stand there with the leash until he/she calms down. If the dog starts to act up again, do not put the leash on until they are calm. They will learn that they will not go for a walk until they calm down. While walking, do not allow your dog to sniff and potty. Allow them to sniff and potty when YOU want them to, not when THEY want to. A good long walk before leaving your home for an extended time will tire your dog out and lessen the chances of destroying your house. Just remember, it isn't just the walk. You need to be calm-assertive with your dog at all times. If they are doing something wrong, in a calm and assertive tone tell them, "No" or whatever it is you want to say, but NEVER say their name because they will associate it with something negative whenever you do say it. Teach them basic commands such as come, sit, lay down, and stay. Those four commands will help you tremendously in establishing a good relationship with your dog. Only show affection when they are calm, never when they are nervous or alert. A lot of people associate perked ears and wagging tail as a sign of happiness when, in fact, it means that the dog is alert or nervous. If your dog greets you with a low posture, ears down, and wagging tail, it is submissive and accepts you as its leader. If you think this is cruel treatment, then maybe you should think about whether you are ready to own a dog or not. Again, they are ANIMALS and people tend to associate human emotions with them. Dogs do not live in the past or for the future, they are the here and now. This means that what is going on with them this very second is what matters to them. If you find a dog who had a bad life, do not cradle it like a human baby and talk babyish to them. You are only confusing the dog even more so. Dogs need a stable leader. One that they can trust even when times are bad. On the other note: if a dog follows you around the house at a respectable distance it means that they are accepting you as their leader. If they are at your feet, cutting you off, then they are being dominant over you and should be corrected with proper training.