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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I think it's not normal, but it is special and wonderful. It means that the dog loves you and is very loyal.
It depends on how much your dog follows you. My dogs follow me sometimes. If the dog destroys things, constantly barks and whines, or urinates or defecates in the house while you're gone, but not when you're there, then that is separation anxiety, which is displayed when you're home by following you everywhere. By teaching your dog that he is fine when you're not there, the constant following would lessen. But, if he/she just follows you and there's nothing else that happens, I wouldn't worry about it too much, just watch out for separation anxiety to surface.
I think it's normal. Dogs are very dependent creatures, unlike cats who enjoy company only on their terms. Most dogs like to be around people, they like the attention and probably other things that go on inside their head that we don't know about. I think they're like humans in the aspect that maybe they don't want to be left alone. Or perhaps they think you leaving to another room could mean you're not coming back. I don't think we'll ever know for sure why dogs are so clingy, for lack of better words, because we don't have access to their thoughts.
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!
Dogs are pack animals, and if you've successfully domesticated and socialized your dog, that's pretty much what you get. It's the pack member following the leader's lead.
That's why larger breeds or wolf-crossbreeds are sometimes dangerous in that they still retain the instincts and have the physical size and potential to challenge their human owners for control of the what they perceive of as the pack.
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.
LOL I should have read this first before I answered :-)
A Bichon Frise is a very needy breed of dog. They need attention and physical contact. This is normal behavior for a Bichon Frise.
I have a Schipperke and she is the same way. She follows me everywhere. I've noticed that smaller breeds of dogs tend to do that more than bigger dogs.
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.
My dog follows me everywhere I go. She even tries to come in the bathroom with me. I shut her out and she leans against the door until I open it again. She loves to go play with my roommate's dog, but she won't stay out of my presence for more than a few minutes before she comes back to wherever I happen to be.
I don't see anything wrong with it. Every dog I've ever seen does this. They're much more dependent than most animals, always dying to get some attention. I think a big part of it is abandonment issues. It sounds funny, but since dogs have no sense of time, whenever they're left along it seems like forever til you get back. The sudden rush of happiness that they get when they see you is almost like they expected you to never come back at all.
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
will345davis, I like that theory about perception of time; Lavender Jade, so cute!
I think it's very normal. My beagle follows us everywhere. She is about to turn 1 year old and doesn't react to our every move near as much as she had been doing a few months ago, but she definitely still follows us around.
my dog is the same way. she is what we call a rez dog. her mother was half german shepherd and hald coyote...we never saw the father. she is very intelligent, loyal and loving. she is also an excellent guard dog and protector. she has bitten two people. once, the first time we became aware of her protectiveness, a laess than savory character came to our gate, she was in her kennel, the fence of which was five and a half feet high. she had prior to this never attempted to jump this fence. as the man turned and made his way to his truck, delta sailed over her kennel fence easy as you please and went after this man. that time she just got a bit of pants material. the man laughed it off. told us we had an awesome guard dog. the second time, i heard her barking and looked out, it was a dark night but i could just make out a man coming into the circle of porch light. he had a long pvc pole that he had picked up and was using to keep delta at bay. i called her off and asked him what he needed. he wanted to use the phone. i let him in and he called someone for a ride, it was a cold night. i asked him if delta bit him. he said yes and showed me a small nip mark on his ankle. i apologized and he told me not to. he said he used to have a good guard dog to...he knew how valuable they were here. everyone is afraid of delta, yet she is the sweetest dog. she is smart enough to know when i allow someone on the place and is quick to make friends with them. she follows me everywhere, and i cant leave her home without putting her into a depression. she is my shadow.
incidently i also have a few cats that shadow me. and one that comes running every single time i sneeze or cough, and wont take i'm ok for an answer...has to satisfy himself on that score.
It's completely normal and for us ok as long as they don't get in the way of what we're doing.
as our dogs got older they stopped doing it so much -- now we have a puppy that's doing it all over again.... we're gluttons for punishment LOL
"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.
When we first got Zoe she followed us everywhere also. She would get up walk to the kitchen when one of us went there, plop down, we'd get our glass of water walk back to the couch and she'd get back up, follow us back, and this repeated for everything we did. She even followed us if we went to the bathroom and shower. If we shut the door she would howl her head off in sorrow. She did that for probably the first 2 months we had her. She has grown out of it since then and will happily remain in her comfortable spot as we roam the house.
I don't know if it's normal or not, but we have a saying in my house. "Wherever the Mommy goes the puppy is sure to follow." He's a chi weenie, or german chalupa if you please, it is common of them to attach to one person more then others and well that just happened to be me. I cannot even go to the bathroom without him sitting outside the door and waiting for me. AND if he thinks I am taking to long, he sniffs, whines, and scratches at the door. he barks and growls at everyone else when they come through the door, except me....with me he dances and tries to talk to me. I would say take a couple minutes, wikapedia the breed and you will get your answer, that what I did...another saying is that he is OCPD, obsessive compulsive puppy disorder....
we have two dogs and they both like to follow us around the house...generally to see if we're getting any food :-) They really are great pals to have..
I have a Dachshund that follows me everywhere. He gets shut in my closet sometimes and just waits for me to come back and get him. My other Dachshund just sits and watches him follow me around. She stays in the chair and stretches out. I think she is part cat.
"Part cat" Hahahaha! I smiled, too. I can just picture your dynamic duo: one shut in the closet due to loyalty, one purring and preening in the Queen's chair. Cheers!
Some dog trainers say this could be a first sign of separation anxiety, but I honestly believe its individual and somewhat depending on your dog's breed. We have an Entlebucher Mountain Dog for example, and wherever we go in the house he follows as he wants to be as close to the pack as possible (this breed bonds very closely with his people).
My 4 yr. old Bichon Frise does the same thing! We adopted him from a rescue shelter almost a year ago, and never leaves my side!
Yeah. The dogs that I've lived with have often done this. They are extremely social animals who usually hate to be alone. It would obviously be creepy and obsessive for a person, but for a dog it's normal.
I hope so. My three dogs always do. Two of mine are rescues, however, so they might have a slight case of separation anxiety, needing to be near me at all times.
I have that problem with the dog we currently have in our house. She follows us so much that when we eat, she needs to eat. It's great for her because she's so old, but can get a little annoying at times because she'll be right under your feet. Try to change her attention to a new toy she can chew or just go along with it. There's nothing wrong with a little extra slobbery company!
Have you every heard the expression "he's dogging my steps?" That means someone is following you around like a dog. It is absolutely normal for a dog to follow you from room to room.
yeah it's totally normal for dogs to follow you wherever you go..
Not only does Scooter (in my profile picture) follow me all around the house, he actually "told me where he wanted us to sit the other day." I was working on my laptop at the dining room table in the middle of the day and Scooter started barking and barking which is unusual unless he wants something specific. I checked the water dish. He had water. I "asked" if he wanted to go outside; he didn't go to the door). He usually doesn't ask for a treat out of the clear blue and it wasn't time for his supper. I couldn't figure it out. Then I realized that if I use the laptop, I'm usually sitting on the couch. I never sit at the dining room table. So I said, "Scooter, do you want me to move?" and I proceeded to unplug the laptop and take it to the couch and I sat down. Scooter jumped up on the couch and snuggled right next to my left leg and there wasn't another peep out of him! Of all the good things in my life, he is one of my favorite gifts.
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!
I look after a dog for a friend and she follows me all over the house ( the dog that is , not the friend)
Yes, mine does...... especially when she needs to go for a walk or be fed.
I see that as pretty normal, you have introduced your dog to your home, given it love and shelter. Thats a way for them to say thank you and show their love and affection in return for the special treatment given to them by you. You should worry they don't follow you around.
I have to answer this one because I have a Shichon; half Bichon Frise, half Shih Tzu. Her pic is in a lot of my hubs, if you are curious. She used to follow me everywhere but as she got older (she's 5 now), she got a bit more independent. The bathroom was always funny because she would sit by my feet after pushing the door open. If I closed it, she'd be right there laying down. I never mind it however. I know she was the runt of the litter, so she was the baby, used to being surrounded by the other dogs and she feels alone since it's just me and her.
She is a pack animal like a wolf, although seeing her and a wolf side by side makes me laugh out loud to think there's any relation.
When it thunders, she is very much on me...literally. She will then follow me EVERYWHERE, sit on my feet, and get as close as she can while shaking. I ignore her to let her know there's nothing to worry about. Storms get bad here.
This is normal. She loves your wife, sees her as the pack leader, so I have to ask, why then aren't YOU following her around? LOL
Yes, its normal. Dogs are pack animals and like to follow the 'pack leader', however some dogs like to 'cling' and can become a 'obsessed' with your every move - it can lead to separation anxiety.
If you give you dog treats or are the one in the family who feeds him - he will want to follow you around the house. I had a golden retriever once who I wasn't the biggest fan of (back then, I didn't care much for dogs, and he was indoors; I was a housewife - it was more my husband's dog). Daddy was the one who came home from work and played with him all night, but mommy (me) was the one who talked to him, gave him treats, and made sure he had food and water. Sure enough, between my husband and I, the dog would follow me wherever I went - upstairs, in the kitchen, you name it. I think dogs are just like that. Now, if I could only figure out how to make my cat do that! Any advice there? Daddy comes home and love on him, but I take care of his food, water, toys, treats, etc. Cats are not so free with their attention it seems! Anyone with any suggestions on how to win my cat's love I will listen to!! I let him out of his bedroom when I wake up (I "free" him - so he should love me more) and I give him treats, but I still get the "give me my treats and I'm going back to my bedroom til daddy gets home" attitude. It's really annoying! Any thoughts? ~Michele
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...
When we first got our active little dog (a shelter rescue), she wanted me to be within sight ALL of the time. It was becoming annoying.
I convinced my husband to feed her in the evening, to take her outside when he was working, and to walk her occasionally.
She still likes to sleep beside me-- but she now really prefers his attention whenever she can get it.
We also have a very smart dog sitter, where she sometimes goes for a weekend or a daycare visit. There are other dogs there, so it is very good for socialization and a busy time that wears her out in a good way.
Sometimes it takes awhile to work out the relationships; maturation helps too.
I think it is normal. We have a chocolate lab...see profile pic . who is now 4. He doesn't follow me around everywhere but I do find him in the bathroom with me at times...like can I use the potty in private!
If we are watching a movie and I get up to get water or something he doesn't follow me but he does make sure he is on the ottoman or sofa closes to me when we sit in the living room. And if I am upstairs and he is down, he definitely wants to come up. I think at 4 years old he is at the point of ...ok if I can see her I'm good, otherwise I need to go find where she went.
Yes, my dog does this all the time and I think it is adorable. If I go into a room and close the door, she will wait outside the door for me patiently. She sleeps at the foot of the bed, and won't get up until I do. Too bad dogs don't live as long as we do - I will miss her desperately when she is gone.
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
I think it is very normal.In my view dog is the most faithful animal.In today's world people can break each others trust but animals will always be our best friend.
At first you feel a little awkward but later with time it becomes a habit.In fact I start to began thinking when ever my dog Bruno is not wit me.One more advantage of dog following you is that it may save you when ever you are in problem............
This means your dog loves you and is faithful & loyal. On the other hand my dog is stupid he doesn't come ever after calling so many times, he is lazy dog. Your dog is good.
Normal. My cat does it all the time because she thinks of herself as the owner and I am the pet. My dog folows me around when I have food.
Of Course , Its normal.A dog can follow you anywhere as you are the master.Animals get attached to their owners after a long time especially when they are good to them.
I think it's normal, or at least I hope so. My little Schnauzer follows me everywhere. Sometimes I trip over her cause I don't realize she is right underfoot. She lays at my feet while I'm on the computer, too. Whatever room I'm in, that's where she wants to be, too.
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.
The question is, Is it normal for a cat to follow you everywhere in the house? Trotting next to your feet, as you try not to trip on him, and brushing his head against your ankles repeatedly when you're standing still? And insisting on sitting on your lap when you're typing at the computer--either on your lap or on the desk space between you and the screen?
Oh, yes. I'm a professional pet sitter by trade, and if a dog is following me around the house when I stay overnight with them, it's often a good sign that the dog is relatively bonded with me, or at least not pining for their owners at the moment.
Only if a dog is hungry or loves you alot. Or maybe he's bored.
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.
It may be normal for dogs to follow the pack leader, but frankly I find it very annoying as a human. Our hybrid Italian Grayhound follows my wife constantly. I get worried that one day he is going to cause one of us to trip and break a hip or something. I get annoyed when I am working around the house and have to constantly change my gait or dodge the little guy so I don't step on him.
We do train him to sit in his bed and watch us though, and that is working fairly well. But if one or both of us get out of sight, well all bets are off and he goes running to see what we are up to.
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]
It is absolutely normal. Different breeds have different needs, and generally speaking toy breeds tend to stay close to their people as that is how they have been designed.
I own an Australian shepherd, who stays on my or my girlfriend's heels all the time. I also used to have an Old English bulldog who couldn't care less where I was, unless he was hungry. Dogs personalities are as varied as human beings are.
My dog did that with my daughter. It senses my daughter as the owner and comfortably follows her. I guess it is a kind of bonding between the dog and her when we had the dog since birth.
Completely normal. I have two dogs who are very large and very clumsy. When you mix in five children, a husband and me, a clumsy wife/mom, chaos is never far away.
I am fairly certain the song by The Police "Every Breath You Take" was written about Sting's dogs.
Every breath you take
And every move you make
Every bond you break, every step you take
I'll be watching you
Every single day
And every word you say
Every game you play, every night you stay
I'll be watching you
Oh can't you see
You belong to me
How my poor heart aches
With every step you take
Every move you make
And every vow you break
Every smile you fake, every claim you stake
I'll be watching you
Since you've gone I been lost without a trace
I dream at night I can only see your face
I look around but it's you I can't replace
I feel so cold and I long for your embrace
I keep crying baby, baby, please
Oh can't you see
You belong to me
How my poor heart aches
With every step you take
Every move you make
And every vow you break
Every smile you fake, every claim you stake
I'll be watching you
Every move you make, every step you take
I'll be watching you
I'll be watching you
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!
My dog follows me around if he's hungry, wants a walk or attention. It seems my dog constantly knows whether or not i want to spend time with him, and sometimes what I'm feeling, it's weird. My dog usually comes in my room then leaves immediately, but will follow my dad around for an hour and stay with him. He follows me dad around more because my dad is the big guy or leader of my family so my dog is basically following the leader of the pack. Relache pretty much summed it up nice and sweet in her answer.
The dog is one of the most faithful animals. If you treat him with emotion and care his well-being, he will be closer to you and will move with you wherever you go. This is absolutely fine and appears to be a good example of his faithfulness..
I'm not sure if it's normal in general, but my retired service dog (a black Lab) follows me everywhere and is rarely more than 6 feet away from me. It drives her nuts to be shut out of the bathroom when I go in there (I nearly trip on her when I open the door to leave). She's always done this, and we've bonded so closely that I think she thinks she's responsible for taking care of me now! She sleeps at or on or "hugging" my feet on my bed at night, even.
I confess, I don't mind her following me everywhere, either. :-) I think it's really sweet, and I always have company to talk to and interact with--I'm never alone. She's very protective of me, and if I'm sick or sneezing or hiccuping or whatever she'll look me carefully in the eyes with a worried look on her cute little face. I reassure her that I'll be okay. LOL
I think she understands, somehow, what I'm thinking and feeling most of the time because of this intense following/bonding behavior. That probably makes me sound paranoid or something, but those of you who own dogs--AND are owned by them in return--probably understand exactly what I mean.
Yes, its normal and I would feel sort of strange if my little dog Chloe didn't follow me around. I have slowly conditioned her with the command "stay" every time I get up so now she only follows me 70 percent of the time. She's a mix of Terrier and Beagle.
Very normal. As canines have a Pack Mentality it is pack-minded that leads them to follow you where ever you go. Besides, you might have food for them, and they are always innately driven to fill their guts. It's better than having a dog that doesn't want to follow or be near you or even attack you when you are near. Realize that you are the ALPHA in the pack.
My dog follows me everywhere, too. He's a golden retriever. I think it's completely normal. I did have a smaller dog that was the same way. I think my current dog would enjoy being smaller just to be able to stay in my lap. I drove the car with him in my lap until it became slightly ridiculous. The dog is just attached to your wife.
Yes it is normal, but if you dont set the boundries soon you will have a hard time teaching them to un-follow later
My Shar Pei Max is a 80 pound 9 year old rescue dog who was found tied to a tree, half starved to death and infested with fleas. We took him in a little over 2 years ago. And the term "obsessed stalker" fits him completely. He follows me from the basement to the attic. I took this picture while trying to take a bath in peace.(LOL) When I went into the hospital to have a hysterectomy he had to be put on anxiety medicine because he was so stressed out his eyelids swelled up and flipped. There are 6 people in my house total; me, my hubby and 4 kids, but he is only that way with me. He is the best dog I have ever met. I always feel safe when he is around. I love the fact that he is my shadow. I feel so loved!
Ha! Yes, I had a dog that would sigh loudly when he had to get up at night, or when he was sleeping near me in the day, to follow me around. Pack animals
I have two cats now, and they seem to have arranged some sort of rota to take turns stalking me. ( Not pack animals but staying close to the food source!)
They also take turns sleeping on the bed during the night. They do not, however do this if I am the only person in the house. Interesting coincidence or a specific cat reason? Probably just the time when the house is quiet and they can get busy sleeping.
I think this situation is normal , a pet dog like a little kid , the host is like its mother , so your dog liking follow your wife everywhere in the house .
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