Why Your Dog Likes to Follow You to the Toilet
Does your dog give you no privacy and follow you to the toilet almost anytime he gets a chance to? Don’t worry, it’s not some strange behavior that your dog is showing as the toilet-following behavior is fairly common among the furry companions. Here are some reasons that may explain the behavior.
Your Puppy is Imprinted on You
The bathroom-following behavior may be more common among young dogs and puppies. If the dog joined your family at a very young age then there is a possibility that he is imprinted on you. This kind of behavior may want him to stay close to you at all times, even when you are going to the toilet.
Your Dog has Separation Anxiety
Your dog might have separation anxiety, meaning he will get stressed whenever you are away from him. You will know this is the case if your dog becomes super anxious whenever you leave him alone at home. Unfortunately, dogs with severe separation anxiety may also display their anxious behavior when you are only taking a few steps away into the bathroom. Separation anxiety can lead to further problems down the road so it will worthwhile to find the steps required to make your dog feel calm in such situations.
You Have a Velcro Dog
Some dog breeds are known to be ‘velcro’ dogs. As the name implies, this refers to a dog that want to stick you at all times. Some breeds of dogs are known for having a ‘velcro’ personality. Breeds may include golden retrievers, French bulldogs, German shepherds, and pugs.
It Could Be from Reinforcement
Perhaps you found it really cute the first few times your dog followed you to the bathroom. You might have given him plenty of hugs and praises whenever he did so. Unfortunately, this might have led to what we call reinforcement. You have unintentionally reinforced in your dog’s mind that following you to the bathroom is a positive action and he will be rewarded for doing so.