My Lhasa Apso Follows Me Around the House. Is That Good or Bad? What to Do?

My lhasa apso follows me around the house.
ive had her isnce july 2006.
she growls if i accidently touch her while we are sleeping!

Like many dogs, Lhasa Apsos are bred to be companions and want to be with you at all times. I have a two year old Lhasa, Hektor, and he’s like my shadow–so much so that if I abruptly stop walking around in my house, he bumps into the back of my legs. icon smile My Lhasa apso follows me around the house.  Is that good or bad? What to do? When I’m watching television or reading in my living room, he’s usually lying quietly either just at my feet or closely by my side. The decision of whether it is "good" or "bad" must be entirely yours. The fact of the matter is, is that you have a dog that prefers to be near you most of the time. Just don’t encourage separation anxiety by making a huge deal of leaving and returning home–I barely greet Hektor when I return from work, and he handles me leaving just fine. I have a friend whose dog tears up her home when she leaves for more than a few hours because my friend makes a big production of leaving the house each day. Don’t be tempted!

As for the growling–buy a bed and place it by your bed for your dog to sleep at night. As much as Hektor desires to be with me (and would LOVE to sleep in my bed), he has grown quite comfortable with his own little "place" in my bedroom and goes straight to it at bedtime every night without any encouragement. This way, you have your defined space and your dog has hers.

These are the BEST little dogs, if you haven’t figured it out in the six months that you’ve had her. icon smile My Lhasa apso follows me around the house.  Is that good or bad? What to do? They are incredibly smart! Mine responds to over 35 verbal commands and is still learning. Good luck!

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  • chetco

    Her breed wants to be near their owner at all times..that is what she is bred for…It is perfectly normal..
    get her a soft bed to put beside yours, and enforce her staying off your bed..she is claiming it for herself..
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  • renodogmom

    I think her following you around the house is good. Growling if you touch her while sleeping is not so good. I’d ban her from the bed if she does that. My dogs all have bed priviledges, but if one were to challenge me for the bed, or growl when I touch them, that’s it. They get banned from the bed. I haven’t had it happen.
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  • Dwain

    I think its good and natural that she follows you around. You are now part of her "pack". I have 2 shih-tzus who are the same way. We have a number of people in our house, and their is definitely a "pecking order" in the house. My wife, then me, then my daughter, then my step-son. Who ever is highest in the order who’s at home is the one they stay close to.

    As far as the growling; dogs have personalities too. I think shes just saying, "Quit bothering me dammit!"

    These are the first dogs I have lived with in my life. I am 47. I’m glad to be with them. I love them much!
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  • abdpanda

    Like many dogs, Lhasa Apsos are bred to be companions and want to be with you at all times. I have a two year old Lhasa, Hektor, and he’s like my shadow–so much so that if I abruptly stop walking around in my house, he bumps into the back of my legs. :-) When I’m watching television or reading in my living room, he’s usually lying quietly either just at my feet or closely by my side. The decision of whether it is "good" or "bad" must be entirely yours. The fact of the matter is, is that you have a dog that prefers to be near you most of the time. Just don’t encourage separation anxiety by making a huge deal of leaving and returning home–I barely greet Hektor when I return from work, and he handles me leaving just fine. I have a friend whose dog tears up her home when she leaves for more than a few hours because my friend makes a big production of leaving the house each day. Don’t be tempted!

    As for the growling–buy a bed and place it by your bed for your dog to sleep at night. As much as Hektor desires to be with me (and would LOVE to sleep in my bed), he has grown quite comfortable with his own little "place" in my bedroom and goes straight to it at bedtime every night without any encouragement. This way, you have your defined space and your dog has hers.

    These are the BEST little dogs, if you haven’t figured it out in the six months that you’ve had her. :-) They are incredibly smart! Mine responds to over 35 verbal commands and is still learning. Good luck!
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  • ronibug

    She’s following you because you are her source of love, affection, food, etc. It’s neither good or bad, but it would help you if she had a companion to interact with. It’s perfectly understandable if she growls at you while sleeping. It startles her and she reacts.
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  • anothersatniteandiaintgotno

    I have one too! I have had her since she was so tiny. She is about 15 now & still going strong! Gey used to the following you around! I DOES NOT STOP! she’ll stare at you when you are eating peeing … you will turn around and almost trip over her. If you sneak in the house while the dog thinks you are gone you will most likely catch her in the middle of the bed just singin da blues! LOL What I have done with the growling is that I bought some doggie pajamas and made her come cuddle with me until she finds her space. Then I stay out of it. Mine has been getting really bad "dogaracts" (cataracts) so if this is a breed thing do what you can now to preserve it! Its a sad thing to happen. Good Luck and I hope that you enjoy and feel the love as I have with Rags all these years. She will be soooo hooked on you that somethimes I feel like I am being stalked. LOL
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  • Heather

    #1- follow you around
    OR
    #2- get into things and create messes

    pick one. my dach does the same, and so does my mom’s poodle. they trained it to follow them around because it tips trash over, etc.
    my dach grunts in his sleep if we pick him up to bring him to bed. it’s a do-not-disturb noise.
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