Why Is My Dog Running To The Bathroom After Me?

Dog owners love to share their daily routine with their four-legged friends. However, there are limits to love for animals – like the bathroom door. But why don’t dogs stop and follow their people to the toilet and bathroom?

Dogs are curious – and they just love being around us. Therefore, it is not surprising that they also follow us when we prefer peace and quiet. For example in the toilet. However, there are other reasons for this behavior.

Your Dog Sees You as a Parent

Baby animals can be human-centered, that is, viewed as a kind of parent or proxy. This also applies to puppies. “The imprinting phase in puppies lasts between three and twelve weeks,” explains Mary Burch, an animal behavior expert.

But even if your dog comes to you at an old age, he will be able to get used to you and trust you. Even so, your four-legged friend is likely to run after you a lot. The experience of his early life can further improve this behavior. “They can contribute to a constant fear of abandonment,” explains veterinarian Dr. Rachel Barack.

Your Dog’s Breed Characteristics

The typical characteristics of some dog breeds can also determine how affectionate a dog is. For example, working and herding dogs were bred to work closely with humans. Therefore, attachment is “a valuable trait in their genetic development,” says trainer Erin Kramer. This applies, for example, to Border Collies, Shepherds, Boxers, or even athletic, playful breeds such as Labradors.

You Subconsciously Encourage Your Dog to Follow You to the Bathroom

Reluctantly, you can play a part in getting your dog to take you to the bathroom on a regular basis. If your dog always receives gifts or treats near you, it is likely that he will run after you more often.

You may even be flattered by this and reward your four-legged friend for his loyalty. Then you show him that his behavior is desirable.

But this applies even if you chase the dog out of the bathroom and scold him. Because he will eventually also know what grabs your attention when he follows you into a fun, tiled room.

Your Dog Longs for Your Company

Dogs are by nature beasts of burden, they crave the company of their kinsmen, and through domestication also people. Over the millennia, our four-legged friends have finally learned that being close to us promises food, safety, and fun. Therefore, it is not surprising that they prefer to always be with us.

Sometimes, however, this can escalate into separation anxiety – and this is often a difficult situation for both the dog and the owner. If the dog cannot be alone at all, any separation is bad for him. And as an owner, you are always afraid of a loud howl or a destroyed apartment.

Curiosity or Boredom

If your dog is chasing you to the bathroom, he may be looking for a change. Then he probably lacks something, for example, games, puzzles with food, walks, training. Maybe it’s more interesting to accompany us than just lying and watching us. Or are they just curious.

Here’s How to Set Limits for Your Dog

Some people don’t mind if their dogs watch them brush their teeth or lie next to them while they sit on the toilet seat. If you prefer not to be bothered by your dog in the bathroom, there are a few tricks.

For example, you can use going to the bathroom to practice certain commands with your four-legged friend. Let him sit or make room in front of the door and compliment him as soon as you leave the bathroom. Instead of chasing you, you gradually reinforce the desired behavior.

But even while socializing, you can help make sure your dog doesn’t get too hung up on you. “Make sure you don’t limit your dog’s social interactions with other dogs and people,” the doctor advises. Barack. For example, other adults in your family should also walk the dog regularly.

What also helps: Adequate exercise and activity, and consistent parenting. If at some point you reach your limits, professional dog training may come in handy.

Is There Any Reason to Worry?

Most of the time, if your dog follows you to the bathroom, there is nothing to worry about. But: “If a dog suddenly becomes very intrusive, it can get sick and look at you because it calms it down,” the doctor explains Jerry Klein is an American Kennel Club veterinarian. Then you should examine your four-legged friend just in case.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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