Excessive Owner sEEKING

Because dogs are social animals, puppies may become very attached to you or someone in your family, following you around the house, and becoming increasingly upset if they can't be near you at all times. It's common for new puppies to seek out their new owner at home, as they continue their transition from the shelter or the breeder into becoming part of your family.

In addition to following you everywhere, your new puppy might:

  • Whine, bark, or cry
  • Have an "accident" inside the house
  • Chew shoes, handbags, or other items

Punishment doesn't work with these behaviors, and only will distress your puppy even further.

Here are some things you can try to do to calm your dog while he's still a puppy and help prevent stressful situations as he grows older:

  • Desensitize him to certain triggers. Go into your bedroom and close the door, then come right back out again. Pick up your car or house keys a few times, but don't leave.  
  • Distract him with a new toy, special chewy treat, or other activity during the time you're leaving or going to be out of his line of vision.
  • Make sure he gets plenty of exercise. Lots of running, walking, and playing will tire him out and encourage him to sleep rather than seek you out for more stimulation.
  • Practice being gone for small amounts of time — five or ten minutes, building up to 30 minutes or longer — so the repetition of your being gone and always coming back helps him understand you'll always return home for him.
Set up a Comfort Zone® Adaptil® Diffuser to help reduce stress behaviors. The active ingredient is a copy of a pheromone released by the mother dog while nursing. When your pup senses this pheromone, it helps to reduce his urge to seek you out when he can't see you or be right next to you. Comfort Zone® Adaptil® products are clinically proven* to help reduce stress behaviors resulting from loud noises and new pet adoption. Comfort Zone® Adaptil® is used and recommended by veterinarians nationwide.


Comfort Zone® Adaptil® Spray

The Comfort Zone® Adaptil® Spray makes it easy and convenient to spot-treat objects or areas where your dog is displaying his stress-related behaviors. The spray offers a targeted and travel-friendly approach to your dog's unwanted behaviors.

Comfort Zone® Adaptil® Diffuser

The Comfort Zone® Adaptil® Diffuser releases a drug-free, odorless vapor that mimics a dog's own natural soothing pheromones. The diffuser works great as a permanent solution in the home.


The Comfort Zone® Adaptil® Collar mimics dog-calming pheromones that help signal to your dog that he is safe and secure, reducing excessive indoor barking, whining, trembling, chewing and house soiling.


Get more advice on your dog’s behavior

Adult Dogs

While it’s normal for dogs to bark in certain situations, excessive indoor barking could mean that your dog is experiencing stress.

Adult Dogs

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