The term ‘velcro-dog’ communicates exactly how it spells. A velcro dog is one that clings to you, no matter what. Whereas this habit might appear adorable in the initial stages, it’s important to keep a tab on how healthy that habit is for your dog’s mental health. The first step in teaching your velcro dog is to figure out why he won't leave your side in the first place. After that, work on resolving the issue. It's a good idea to see your veterinarian to make sure the pet doesn't have any physical issues and to get advice from their firsthand experience managing behaviours for their pets.
Give your dog a space of its own, an ascent that will help it grow less clingy. Place your t-shirts close by, along with its favourite toys, this will help your dog feel that you’re around. To avoid causing worry, start with brief stays. Over time, you'll be able to stay for longer periods of time.
Make some space between you and the dog. Is he able to sit properly? If he doesn't know, teach him. Place him in the sit posture and take a step back once he has mastered it. If he tries to follow you, reposition him in a sitting posture and begin again, gently stepping back and creating distance between you. Don't forget to congratulate him on his achievements!
Fetch is also a terrific method to make room between you and your pet. Toss his favourite ball in his direction and urge him to go fetch it. When he goes for it, congratulate him.
Velcro dogs are sometimes called that because of the benefits they receive from being near to you. You need to make yourself "uninteresting" to him in some way. If you don't reach down to pet his head, talk to him, and give him stuff all the time, he'll soon lose interest and go away. Don't ignore his need for attention, but try not to pamper your dog at all times.
Desensitise goodbyes for your dogs. Even if you are planning to stay around, be repetitive of the phrases and sentences that would make them think that you’re leaving. An un-exaggerated goodbye would help your dog to be used to your absence.