My 7yo bernese has always been clingy but over the last year this has reached ridiculous proportions. She is no longer accepting of ANY alone time. She refuses to eat unless I am within her sight (but won't eat if we are separated by glass). This means that giving her anything messy to eat ( eg bones) is out of the question as I would either have to let her chew on them in the living room or sit outside with her. It also means we can't give her bones to help her pass the time if we are out, as she will just leave them lying in the one spot, won't touch them. She is left alone only 2 - 3 x per week for up to 2 hrs at a time. We run our own company so we can, and do, take her to work with us every day. When we must leave her alone, we have to keep her outside as left inside alone she urinates on the couch (normally she is not allowed on furniture at all). She cannot sleep inside as she only accepts being directly next to the head end of my side of the bed (unnacceptable to me because she farts a lot). Locked out of the bedroom she will again urinate on he couch. Outside presents another problem as she refuses to get in a kennel or seek shelter of any kind. She usually lies near the fence even if it is pelting down with rain. We have now put an old couch in the garage for her and have started locking her in there for the nights so she can stay dry.
I am so exhausted with this neurotic behaviour. She is a very loving, beautiful and clever dog, but somehow makes me feel completely inadequate as an owner because I am so obviously NOT satisfying all her needs, which are to be directly next to me 24/7.