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    I own the ultimate velcro dog - the Whippet, they curl up on you or next to you because they crave body warmth. They also pile on top of each other.

    Your puppy is craving and missing the warmth and assurance of his litter mates and you are the substitute for that.

    Could you potentially have a bit of a problem if your puppy gets to the stage that it can't settle without you or starts to develop some sort of anxiety yes, but I think as long as he is also spending time by himself, both while you are at home and naturally while you are out then I see no problem with it.

    Dogs are pack animals and crave company, that's why they make the ultimate pet and become part of the family.

    Sitting on your foot I see as no problem at all. Perhaps you could make it that puppy is allowed to sit next to you if you put a rug on the lounge for him. That's what my dogs have to do. No rug they sleep on the dog beds on the floor, when the polar fleece blanket or vet bed goes on the lounge it's their signal that the lounge is no longer out of bounds, bit like picking up the lead signals to the dog that a walk is coming.

    They can also grow out of needing to feel the body warmth (whippets are exceptions to this rule).

    So as long as you are asking some basic manners from your dog, such as not launching himself onto your lap but waiting to be picked up or signalled to come up, and giving him time on his own you should not encounter either anxiety issues or dominance issues for want of a better word.

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    Thanks everyone, that's great.

    I never thought about making the training list. That's a good idea - since as you said, every day is training, we should have a clear picture how little Wikus should behave in future. We're starting with the basics, like ignoring him when he's whining at the back door and then letting him in when he's quiet or not at the door - that's working really well. I can see the biggest problem we're going to have is the garden - we like to lie down and pull up grass, to pull the leaves of plants. Unfortunately I don't think I can train him to pull up weeds hahaha. Oh and he's found a pop-up sprinkler... That's lots of fun to chew and try to dig up apparently.

    A strange thing we've found is he doesn't seem interested in balls. We've tried spikey balls, light balls, squeaky balls, small foam balls... he will chase them a couple of times and then lose interest. Or he chases for a few steps and gives up. Loves his squeaky rope and usual rope and will happily play with them even by himself.

    As for the sleeping on/against us, he continues to do that but sleeps alone in his crate with no problems overnight. Over the last day or so I've noticed he's getting a little bit less clingy, and will happily sleep on the floor next to us instead of on us.

    We've got two bean bags in our lounge room (I'll never leave him alone with them, don't worry), and it's cute when he decides the floor is too hard and tries to climb onto one and curl up. Just melts me, hehe.

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    Sounds like you've got it all under control. With puppies your garden can look like a bomb has gone off, it's just how it is, they have to have something to amuse themselves for the day and if it's within reach it's fair game.

    Our place has a full sprinker system, however it has never worked for which I'm grateful (I know it sounds strange), which is fortunate because my dogs love the black plastic hoses and dig them up all the time.

    Not every dog is a natural ball chaser, many have to be taught, good puppy pre-schools can teach you the method for encouraging a love of playing fetch. Quite frankly I wish a few more of my dogs DIDN'T love playing fetch, nothing like that sloppy ball being dropped on your foot. The kids can't play tennis, or kick a soccer ball around without removing 3 of my dogs.

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    Balls may come later, Maggie didn't get the point of them for a few weeks and is now obsessed like many border collies ( see avatar). Balls are not necessarily a pleasure although for us essential so she gets enough exercise.
    If not tug toys or something else there are no rules..lol

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    My actual question is: Wikus likes to sleep on my lap, or on my feet, or against my feet, or husband's feet. When he's been asleep for a while I put him in his bed and he'll stay there until he's done sleeping, even if he wakes up and looks around he'll go back to sleep there. But to start with he wants to go to sleep touching someone.
    Lucky him and lucky you, there's nothing better than having a big cuddle on the lounge with them watching TV especially Rotties and GSD's.
    Last edited by Hyacinth; 12-15-2012 at 03:29 PM. Reason: fixed the quote tags for readability
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