This is Rudy. He’s our Goldendoodle dog. We got him about 3 years ago. Admittedly, he likes men better than women. Not that he DOESN’T like women, he just prefers men. So, when I’m home I’m pretty used to him being near me.
Only trouble is, ever since I’ve been “unenjoyed” and not working, he’s around me ALL the time. And I do mean ALL the time. It starts when I wake up in the morning, and perhaps this is my fault. See, after I get up, have breakfast and my quiet time every morning, we go on a long 30 minute walk around the neighborhood. If you have a dog, you know that this is HEAVEN to them. All the other dogs they can smell, the squirrels and cats they can stare down and try to chase. It’s boundless fun for a dog.
The problem with that is that when I get up first thing in the morning, he EXPECTS a walk ASAP. I’m lucky to get my breakfast and quite reflection time in on the patio without him barking and barking, saying “hurry up Daddy, we need to go for a walk.” I get it, but it leaves little time for me. I guess I know how moms with young children feel. They always complain that they never get a single second for themselves. They can’t even go to the bathroom without one of their kids interrupting them, needing them, or shouting their name. That’s the way it is now with Rudy.
And once the walk is over, it continues. Granted, he’s pretty worn out, but he won’t crash on the floor. Oh no. He has to follow me into whatever room I’m going, and THEN he’ll “think” about crashing. All day long, whatever room I’m going to , whatever I’m doing, Rudy has to be there. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a HUGE dog person and I love Rudy to death, but it now feels like he is literally attached to me. There have been days when he hasn’t slept ALL DAY because he’s afraid he’ll be missing out on something that I’m doing.
He knows the noise made by each and every chair I sit in when I get up, and when I get up from that chair, so does Rudy. It’s really affecting his health. I understand that dogs (just like humans) NEED a certain amount of sleep per day. In fact, experts say they need between 12-14 hours per day if they’re an adult dog. Rudy IS an adult dog, but he is NOT getting 12-14 hours of sleep per day.
So, how do I solve this dilemma, both for my sanity and Rudy’s health?a
Feel free to comment below…and Rudy says THANKS in advance!