Your dog is the furry companion you can always count on to be by your side, even when you don’t need it … like when you’re using the bathroom! While it’s true we often attend their potty breaks, do they really have to attend ours? If you’ve been wondering, “Why does my dog follow me?” we’ve got answers.
If your dog follows you into the bathroom, it’s likely a result of their animal instinct and pack mentality. Canines who do this are referred to as “Velcro dogs,” due to their desire to be attached to your side. They may follow you around, even to the bathroom, to protect a part of their pack. Without you in sight while you’re home, they may feel a sense of vulnerability.
It could also be related to positive reinforcement. “If every time you are with your dog, he gets affection or treats, he’s likely to [follow you around] more often,” says Dr. Rachel Barrack, a licensed veterinarian certified in both veterinary acupuncture and Chinese herbology with Animal Acupuncture in New York City.
Following you to the bathroom could even simply be your dog’s curiosity. “Look at it from the dog’s point of view,” says Erin Kramer, a professional certified dog trainer and owner of Tug Dogs in Northern California. “You might think you’re the cool one, but the person your dog is attached to is the road to everything wonderful and magical. The focus is on that person because of what they give access to.”
Whether because they’re nervous or curious, your bathroom is a part of you dog’s home, and as such, monitoring your whereabouts within these boundaries comes second nature to them. Privacy isn’t an issue for your dog, but they are always concerned about your safety.