Ever notice your pup following you to the bathroom? Or maybe they wait outside or even sit right next to the door while you’re in there. I’m sure you know how annoying it can be to have your dog follow you everywhere. It seems like no matter what you do, they just don’t get the hint that they’re not invited.
While this may seem like a problem, there are some reasons why dogs follow us around and we need to understand them better in order to solve the issue. Let’s take a look at some of the things that might cause our furry friends to keep following us:
1. They think you’re going for a walk
It might be a habit from when they were very young. You may start realising that your dog keeps coming in when you get ready for a walk. This could be because they learnt it really quickly when they were young. Some dogs even get excited when you grab the leash because they think that means it’s time to go for a walk. This is why it’s important to teach them that this behaviour is not acceptable and show your dog that they can’t come along with us wherever we go.
2. They want to be with you
Dogs are some of the most loyal creatures on this planet and it’s not uncommon for them to want to follow us around wherever we go. Dogs like this need their own space but also like following us around because they love being with us. As long as your dog is respecting your space it’s fine to let them spend time with you, whether that is following or not.
3. They don’t want you to move too far away
Dogs are used to sleeping in their owners’ beds and can feel slightly insecure if they’re left too far away. You may notice this with dogs who are left at home alone for longer periods of time, they might even whine to try and get your attention. When you’re close by them, they feel more secure and safe which is why they follow their owners around or don’t want us to leave the room without them.
4. They want your attention
Dogs love our attention and it’s not rare for them to follow us around hoping we’ll play with them or give them some love. If you don’t mind that your dog follows you around, just give them some attention when they do and this behaviour should diminish with time.
5. They want something from us
Dogs might follow their owners because they want to be noticed or get something from us. You may notice this with dogs who follow their owners around at meal times because they know you’ll give them some food if they do. Some dogs also follow us to the bathroom hoping we’ll give them attention or let them outside to go potty, but these are usually poor excuses for bad behaviour and shouldn’t be used as an excuse not to do your part.
How do i stop my Dog from following me to the bathroom?
You need your dog to learn that it's not okay for them to follow you everywhere, no matter what. If you don't like this behaviour try using some of these strategies
- Give them a toy or a bone before you leave the room and make sure they don't follow when you do, only give it to them once you're back in sight. - Put your dog in their playpen while you use the bathroom (but make sure it's open). - Leave them in another room when you go to the bathroom. - Put your dog on a leash before you go to the bathroom so there's no way they can get in.
Why does my Dog follow me around all day?
This behaviour might be perfectly normal for your dog but it can still be annoying. If it bothers you, there are some ways to prevent them from following you everywhere
- Keep your dog on a leash when you're doing things like cooking or cleaning the house (make sure they can't get loose in the house). - Put your dog in a playpen or in their bed when you do things around the house. - Put your dog in their kennel when you're not paying attention to them (but make sure it's open).
- And while we're on the subject, only give them access to one room during the day so they can't follow you very far. If you really want your dog to learn that following is wrong, they need to understand that it has consequences so be sure to only let them out of their room or kennel when they don't follow you. It might take some time, but with a little patience your dog will learn what you want.