Originally Posted by Chi-Chi
I was wondering if this is normal for his breed or what?
Beau is not clingy in the way you describe. He likes to know where I am at all times, and he generally follows me around, but not always. He has no problem being left alone. He just waits quietly for me to return. The only time he is super clingy and at my feet is when he is not feeling well.
While chis are of course a companion breed, what you describe sounds excessive to me...more like your chi is dealing with some separation anxiety. But you say he has had 10 homes before you? Wow, no wonder! Perhaps it has gotten worse, because you have unkowingly (and with good intentions) reinforced it? I think you just need to help him gain some confidence and trust that things will be okay now.
I'll Be Home Soon
by Patricia McConnell is a nice, easy read on separation anxiety. I highly recommend it. (You might be able to find it at the library if you don't want to buy a copy). It might be good to start working on his anxieties now, so that it won't be so hard for him when you have moved out from your parents. It sounds like he could benefit from gaining a little confidence and independence.
And I just wanted to say good for you for giving him a loving home!