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Is it normal for your dog to follow you everywhere in the house?


We have a Bichon Frise and it follows my wife everywhere in the house. My wife can go in the kitchen, living room, closet, laundry room, bedroon, dining room and the dog will follow her. The dog can be laying down comfortably and as soon as my wife gets up from the couch, the dog will also get up and follow her. Does anyone else have pets that follow them everywhere in the house? Do you feel it is normal?

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    Excellent story! So is the case in my household! Love your last line, "Of all the good things in my life, he is one of my favorite gifts." Pets who love us and are loyal to us really are a gift, and I love my gift, too. Cheers!

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    Dan Klein (danielklein) 3 years ago

    Short and sweet. It also seems the dog will follow around people he/she has bonded with, and usually it bonds with the leader more because the leader feeds him; in my case, my dad usually feeds my dog and is the big guy.


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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    So true! I never really appreciated that expression until I got my dog! Good answer!

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    I know the "gone" day will come, but you're so right: I love my dog like a member of the family with her own personality, moods, sense of humor... I'll miss her desperately, too. She waits PATIENTLY only outside the bathroom door, though. Haha

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    Bipolartist, you make me laugh! So true: my dog is always watching me as well as following me and usually physically touching me. I love your description of chaos--sounds so homey and friendly! I doubt you're as clumsy as you say, though. Cheers!

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    Interesting perspective! In my dog's case, it's the other way around: she thinks she's taking care of ME! She acknowledges that I'm the "pack leader" and obeys very well, but I'm sure she feels she's responsible for my well-being at all times. Haha!

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    Cats are fickle creatures with many personality types. Your cat is just showing "cat-attitude" (I just couldn't write "cattitude", but I really wanted to). I think there's probably nothing more you can do to win its loyalty--sorry I'm no help...

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    I love it on a cold winter's day when my dog lays on my feet and keeps them warm... I trip over her occasionally, too, especially at night (she's SOLID black). I apologize and pet her when that happens, and she accepts the apology with a little lick.

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    Kathleen Cochran 2 years ago

    My beagle is 15 and only follows me when it is lighning and thundering. She hates storms.

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    Good points! Perhaps obedience training to teach the dog to heel properly and precisely off-leash, always on the left side, would help: then you would know where the dog would usually be to avoid most trips/falls. [--a service dog trainer]

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    Love your last line... My 5.5-year-old black Lab is finally "getting" that concept, too, and doesn't have to be following and touching me constantly any more.

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    You totally made me laugh out loud:, "why then aren't YOU following her around?"

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    So true! Ask anyone with a service dog for a disability--they're lifesavers in so many big and little ways! Great answer, hitlike!

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    "Gluttons for punishment" or enjoying the attention and unconditional (as long as there's food, and treats and toys) love? Hahaha Enjoy your puppy--I'll get another one when mine gets older, but I'm NOT looking forward to all the work they require.

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    Ricky Verde (bahaykubo) 2 years ago

    true. i have 2 cats, and one of them follows me wherever i go, even to the bathroom. he also sleeps on my bed (with his own pillow!). i don't know how it all started, but i treat him like a human: i talk to him most of the time.

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    I think it's normal for big dogs, too: they follow the pack leader, whomever that might be, and care also for other pack members. Big dogs may follow from a greater distance, however, since they can see their human over furniture and such.

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    Hahahaha OCPD! I love it! I can so relate to everything you just said, though my dog would happily greet a burglar at the door, too. (She likes company/excitement).

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    Anna Haun (Annie Wright) 9 months ago

    My dog Tyke follows me in every room. I believe it is the nature of some dogs to want to be close to those they love. Through the years, I've had dogs that were not attached like that. Yes, dogs can get attached as if you are their mom.

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    Dogs were bred to be the companion of humans, so I think it's totally normal for a dog to follow you everywhere. Every dog I know follows it's "owner" (pack leader). That part is still left over from the wolf origins of the species--pack mentality.

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    Lavender Jade 3 years ago

    Our little dog mainly follows me everywhere, if I sit down he does. If I get up and go to another room he comes with me. He sometimes wants me to sit with him, and he waits until I have finished then sits on my lap and goes to sleep. its lovely


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  • Paul Wilton 4 weeks ago

    Right! Why are people saying it's a bad thing?

    My not-so-little 10 week old Rotti pup follows me everywhere (he's so cute) as have my previous canine mates.

    It means that they love you : )

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    Anna Haun (Annie Wright) 23 months ago

    Yes it is normal for a dog to follow you, mine is in the same room with wherever I'm in house, even my feral kitten (about 6 months old), at times they almost trip me.

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  • Paul Wilton 4 weeks ago

    So why are people saying it's a bad thing? You're Griffon is just returning the love that you obviously must give him.

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    Cute photo!!! Lucky dog, you, being owned by such ferocious-looking canines! Hahaha

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  • jkaliszew 17 months ago

    I think it's normal... I have three dogs a husband and his 3 kids. The dogs follow me around the house everywhere I go probably because I pass out treats more often than others and feed them.

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