The reason why humans breed dogs is because of companionship and that is why dogs like following our every move. Humans and dogs have a mutually beneficial relationship, and each provides the other with companionship. Some breeds of dogs are independent while others follow their owners everywhere, they go.
Dog breeds such as chihuahuas bond very close to one person and they will follow us everywhere unlike some breeds like the terrier which is more independent and less likely to follow the owner. Puppies will always follow you very closely because they see you as a parent figure. So, let us look at some of the reasons why your dog follows you everywhere.
Time for a Walk or Dinner
Dogs have a very nice memory, and they can remember their daily routine. If you always feed your dog at a specific time or go for a walk at eight in the morning, you will notice that your dog will be excited around those times and they will start following you. This happens because they anticipate getting a reward when they follow you.
They are Trying to Communicate Something
If your dog starts following you suddenly everywhere you go, that means that they are trying to tell you something and you should try and follow them back. Your dog can lead you to an empty bowl outside or lead you straight to the bathroom. Dogs will also follow you everywhere if they are unwell or sick.
Separation anxiety is a very common behavior in most dogs and your dog will start following you because he fears being left alone. A dog with separation anxiety will follow their pet parent because they are frantic and do not want you to leave them alone. The situation becomes worse when you leave or arrive at home.
They are Afraid
Some dogs are usually afraid of thunderstorms, fireworks, or any other external noises that they are not familiar with. Your dog will start following you during such times because they see you as their protector and clinging near you will help them calm down. Dogs feel safe when they are close to their pet parent.
Dogs also get bored and if your dog has been laying down all day doing nothing, they will start focusing on you especially when you start moving around the house. This happens because you are the center of attention and they will follow you everywhere you go.
They Want Attention
A dog is a man’s best friend and they always want some attention from their pet parents. If following you around will lead to him getting some treat or playtime, your dog will follow you everywhere in anticipation of their good behavior.
Your dog’s shadowing behavior should be nothing to worry about and instead of ignoring the undesired behavior, try and reward your dog with treats and scratches every time they settle down on your seat or bed.