Anyway, I think that because your little friend is only 5
months that he a little insecure and he is trying to find his
way in his new environment. Maybe you should try talking to
him when he comes up to and try caressing to give him
reassurance about his new home. I really think that age has
alot to do with his behavior. You would not believe the
changes that have occured in the short 3 years that I have had
my Maltese. Age is a major factor in changes in a dog's
behavior. They almost always improve in whatever they fall short in. Once your Maltese learns his way around in life he will learn when to cling and when not to cling.
I used to get a little frustrated in the beginning with my
dog, but what I would do is try to understand the
circumstances that he is put in. That is a new environment,
and taken from his mother and the closeness of the other
littermates. He may be seeking some of that closeness that
is now void to him. Please have patience and understanding
with him and I am sure you will appreciate him in future
times when he is there to comfort you. I really hope that
this helps. Thanks for writing your concern before resorting to other measures.
Lucy is where I am all the time. She prefers sleeping on my lap to sleeping on the floor (though she will move to the floor if I am disturbing her too much by moving around, getting up and down, etc.). She does play by herself with toys or whatever, but always nearby me. I like her wanting to be with me, so don't see it as much of a problem, and I suspect this may be the personality of most Maltese and other dogs too to bond very closely with their owners--particularly when you get them as babies and become the substitute mom. Like others who left you notes, I see that Lucy gets a little more independent as she grows up (she's a year now), so if you wait a while, you will probably notice a difference.
My Lucy LOVES company to come, and she too wants to kiss and be
picked up and loved by whomever comes to the house. She even
loves the pizza delivery guy. When I am expecting my son, my
boyfriend, or my best friend, I tell Lucy that "her brother" or Mike or
Robin is coming and she goes and sits at the window to watch for them. When
their cars pull into the parking slot she starts to wiggle and "cry" until
they get to the door, where she greets them and pours love all over them.
My friends love this. Maybe yours just need to understand that your baby
isn't being "bad," but honestly wants to shower the people YOU love with
love. I am sure that you and the little one will work this out. It's
just a matter of each of you learning what works for the other.
Good luck and enjoy the baby.