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

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  1. Vijay Sinhal profile image55
    Vijay Sinhalposted 5 years ago

    it is facts that dogs love more their owners than theirselvs. so it is normal.

  2. WiccanSage profile image91
    WiccanSageposted 5 years ago

    My dog does. He's very submissive to us, so I don't know if that has anything to do with it. But when I get up and move, he gets up and moves. If I'm not there, he follows my husband. Then my older teen boy. Then the younger boy.

    He seems to know the pecking order :-D

  3. DzyMsLizzy profile image95
    DzyMsLizzyposted 5 years ago

    Yes, perfectly normal.
    I no longer have any dogs, but a couple of my cats even exhibit this behavior.  They see me as "their mommy," having bonded to us when they were tiny kittens.  Some follow me; a couple follow my husband.

    1. bahaykubo profile image60
      bahaykuboposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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.

  4. cebutouristspot profile image69
    cebutouristspotposted 5 years ago

    It is very normal.  Dogs tend to bond their owner.  Dogs are more comfortable in numbers smile.

    You could easily train it. I had a dog that will follow me around until I say stay.

  5. Sadiq Busuri profile image56
    Sadiq Busuriposted 5 years ago

    I'd be more concerned if it didn't. It just means that it likes you.

  6. profile image56
    EmilySparks2894posted 5 years ago

    O yes! I am an animal lover, and my dog knows it! As soon as I leave the room she will get up and follow me.  Dogs crave companionship as do humans. They don't like to be left out of anything! smile

  7. Nigham AFZAL profile image71
    Nigham AFZALposted 5 years ago

    I have no experience Sir... smile but I think Its perfectly normal... smile

  8. Pawscouture profile image60
    Pawscoutureposted 5 years ago

    Yes it's quite normal for your pooch to follow you around indoors, my cocker spaniel is like my little shadow when walking around the house.

  9. Lauren Amy Smith profile image58
    Lauren Amy Smithposted 5 years ago

    Yes it is, he loves you! My little Dachshund follows me around the home everywhere, I find it adorable.

  10. SatendraSaini profile image51
    SatendraSainiposted 5 years ago

    No its a very bad habit! pets should remember some rules and shouldn't behave like this.

  11. Sarastheboss profile image72
    Sarasthebossposted 5 years ago

    My boxer follows me everywhere too. I'm the one who feeds her, grooms her, etc. She doesn't tend to follow other people around, just me. I actually really like having my little companion always at my side. smile Pretty sure it's normal. Like the other posters said- they're pack animals.

  12. lorijallen profile image53
    lorijallenposted 5 years ago

    We have a Newfoundland/St.Bernard mix and is very attached to my son. When he is in school, she follows me wherever I go. She started doing this a few months ago, She is 13 years old, and has Lyme disease, she has been treated but we thought we were losing her!  Her hips are getting bad, she has a hard time getting up the stairs so we go outside with her every time she goes out and we help her up the stairs.  I guess my point is, she is an old girl and I think she can sense that her time is coming and she may feel the need to be with a family member at all times.  I don't mind her following me and I talk to her all the time. I believe Dogs can sense when something is off or not just right, they sense joy and they sense sadness and some dogs just don't want to be alone. She was not always this way!  I say that your dog following you is quite normal, normal for your dog as every dog is different. Some are content being alone and some just want human contact more often.

  13. Erin Trefz profile image79
    Erin Trefzposted 5 years ago

    My dog does this as well.  Prior to having kids it bothered me, but as a mom I have no privacy, what so ever, so I don't mind now.  Our house is pretty small, so he picks a spot where he can view the most in the home and parks there for a while.  When we move out of view, he follows.

    I work from home 3 days a week and I enjoy him keeping me company.  I also feel more protected.  I don't think he would attack anyone, but his bark would possibly make them change someone's mind about trying to get into our house.

  14. Bassem Girgis profile image61
    Bassem Girgisposted 5 years ago

    Yes, your dog depends on you. Remember, while the dog is just a dog to you, you are his everything.

    You can teach him to stay in another room by teaching him how to stay until he masters it, then you can go in the next room and shout stay until he learns that it is OK to stay in the other room while you're not in it.

  15. lostohanababy profile image55
    lostohanababyposted 5 years ago

    That's normal  behavior for your dog to react in that way.  Its your dog's way of showing how he or she cares for your wife.  Like a close companion.  Your dog is on guard at all times, for alertness to the possible harm that may come to your wife a possible intruder undetected that may have slipped in the house.   Don't be upset with your dog.  The dog is doing what is 'natural'.

  16. Jailebird profile image63
    Jailebirdposted 5 years ago

    It is definitely normal. Ever heard the expression "(someone) is following me like a puppy dog"? It is more normal in certain breeds then others also. Usually smaller dogs tend to be bigger culprits. It is there way of showing loyalty and of feeling secure. Many dogs can suffer from separation anxiety and usually those who do tend to follow more. However if you have a dog that doesn't usually follow you around and suddenly starts it can sometimes be a warning sign that something is wrong or bothering them. Dogs feel everything so much stronger than we do.

  17. JulieMProvost profile image59
    JulieMProvostposted 5 years ago

    Yes! My aunt just got a dog about 6 months and her dog does that. We just got a dog and she does that too. I might go downstairs for 5 minutes and she will follow me there and back. I have noticed that if she has been playing hard and is sleeping she might not get up unless I am gone from the room for a while. I figure she is just too worn out then.

  18. GirlsWorld profile image54
    GirlsWorldposted 5 years ago

    Yes my dog does it to my brother all the time! I wish I had a dog that did but for some dogs like bichon fries who can get separation anxiety it can reall stress them out.

  19. goodnews11 profile image89
    goodnews11posted 5 years ago

    Yes.. My dog use to follow me everywhere in house. It is quiet normal that dogs follow their master everywhere.

  20. lunchboxer profile image60
    lunchboxerposted 5 years ago

    I think it is pretty normal since my three dogs do it all the time when i'm at home, i guess its a way of being close to the person the are the most comfortable with and also feeling included in the group

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    AKChenoweth2014posted 5 years ago

    It is completely normal and a good sign, you have become the Alpha of the pack!

    1. profile image49
      jkaliszewposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      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.

  22. profile image48
    Sophia Lyonsposted 5 years ago

    I feel it is normal.   My dog follows me every where in the house, even to the bathroom/toilet.

  23. Christen Thalman profile image56
    Christen Thalmanposted 5 years ago

    WOW!  Same thing happens to me.  I'm the mama in the house and Sadie follows me from the kitchen to the closet to the kitchen to the bathroom to the basement to the bedroom to the couch.  She even knows that when I turn the TV on, I'll be sitting on the couch.  She's a 2 year old rescue dog that happens to be a yellow lab.  Love her!

  24. Annie Wright profile image80
    Annie Wrightposted 5 years ago

    Hi,
    Yes it very normal for Tyke (profile pic, carbon copy of him), to follow me no matter what room of the house I'm in. He was very abused by previous owners, now he suffers from Anxiety Stress Syndrome, so I never go where he can't unless to pay bills or to shop for food, which he goes and waits in the car with my husband, then he gets Arby's roast beef sandwich for being good. Babysitters don't work for Tyke as he will try and wet on them, pull their hair, get loose outside refusing to come back in until he hears the car, just flat out be mean but when I'm there he will be nice. I've had 3 babysitters refuse to sit with him anymore, he's a firecracker. If a person gets too close to me or tries to give me a hug when leaving, he will bite hard. We have a way of communicating even though he doesn't speak, I just know what he wants by his actions such as fridge for food, kitchen sink water, front or back yard by the door he goes to, bed time he will go back and forth to his bedroom, wanting me to turn his TV on. If he don't like some he won't let them sit down and will growl low meaning you'd better leave or risk getting bite. I keep all his shots up to date.

  25. profile image50
    umbro1968posted 5 years ago

    because you have shown the love you have for your dog he/she will always love you back, its called unconditional love hence the following you around, savour and enjoy it because our little pets are not here forever sadly.

  26. Janet Hernandez profile image55
    Janet Hernandezposted 5 years ago

    I just got my dog like 2 days ago and he follows me everywhere I go I asked the shelter and they say it is because he feels more secure with that person and or bonded with them

  27. aparna jagtap profile image60
    aparna jagtapposted 5 years ago

    yes it is normal for a dog to follow you after you...don't worry

  28. Veronica Greco profile image54
    Veronica Grecoposted 5 years ago

    I found a pit bull puppy about a month ago took her to my vet to see if she was chipped etc she wasnt.I decided to keep hershe follows me so closely I named her shadw.Have had dogs all my life I am almost 66 never had 1 follow me like she does. Not sure if this is normal believe its anxiety separation . Am treating it as such gotten to the point where not sure if I am going to keep her cant go anywhere in or outside in the yard without her almost on top of me.If I close the door to my office etc she will scratch on it or start being destructive.If she were a human I would take out a stalking order against her.

  29. snerfu profile image73
    snerfuposted 5 years ago

    Actually I have a cat and he does not follow me around, thankfully. Dogs I guess are different -- their tails and ears and of course they speak bow wow where as cats go meow.

  30. connorj profile image74
    connorjposted 5 years ago

    Absolutely it is normal and I would agree with the other post that brings into the argument, pack mentality...

  31. Tricia Deed profile image89
    Tricia Deedposted 5 years ago

    I think this is normal behavior, however, you can discipline your pet to not follow you. Train your pet to sit and stay during those times when you do not want to be followed. Your pet is no different than a child. Both need to be trained and disciplined. They know you love them.

    I had a strange situation and some readers may think that I was seeing things. None the less, I saw my pet. Let me explain. I was holding my dog on my lap while he was in the process of dying. I needed to go to another room and I set him down on the sofa. As I was walking to the other room I felt him following me, and I looked behind me thinking he left the sofa. I saw him not as himself, but as a negative of himself. His body was still on the sofa nearing death. He died two hours later.

  32. videodave123 profile image61
    videodave123posted 5 years ago

    The late "Buddy" was a full grown Lab, I worked in Hollywood, Burbank, and Glendale, California (The cities where most of Los Angeles Televisions is based) . I was told that I should never leave a dog home alone all day, and the "Buddy" should have another dog to play with. One day they were giving away free puppies at the local super market, "Jack" was the only brown dog in a littler of all black German Sheppards/Mixed. I took "Jack" (Who just fit in my hand) and showed him to "Buddy", the Lab, Buddy was not too happy with the new dog in the family. "Buddy and I had a heart to heart, "Buddy" was the type of Lab, that when you threw the ball and you said "Get the ball Buddy" , He would give you that look "UP YOURS, GO GET THE BALL YOURSELF, DO I LOOK LIKE YOUR PERSONAL RETRIEVER"? However "Jack" new what I wanted, as the years passed "Jack" became the retriever. Both dogs loved each-other but "Buddy" was the pack leader next to me.
    Buddy passed on, Jack and I lived in many placed during the 2008 housing downfall, We lost our house. Jack in not 16 years old, We have been together just about every day for the last 14 years, now that I no longer work in TV (YOUTUBE SEARCH DAVE AARON) Play UFO evidence collector, Dave Aaron, let it keep playing) (Google "CITY DESTROYS RARE UFO AUDIOTAPES") Through it all "Jack" was , is and always will be my best friend, When I have to poop, he walks into the bathroom, right now as I type this, he is under the desk where the computer is, When I go into the kitchen for a snack or meal, "Jack" is right there says "Whatcha doing master"? Need to empty the trash, "Jack" is at the door" My morning walk" "JACK" gets his leash and awaits me to attach the hook to his collar so he can "Do his Dooty". Have I tripped over "JACK" many times. The love of your dog, as you all know is something special that only you and your dog understand. Jack and I are both getting older, I am 72 in human years, and "Jack" would be about 80-102 in human years. He has tumors, the back end of his body does not always work as good as it should, but for his age he does quite well. I will cry when "JACK" leaves me, But until that faithful date comes, "Jack" can follow me everyplace. Yet when I go to church and tell "Jack" to go into his doghouse, he does it without any questions. No for the love of cats. UGGG!

  33. Besarien profile image90
    Besarienposted 5 years ago

    Yes, your dog is a natural born pack member and accepts you as the leader of the pack. Wherever you go, he or she has got your back. Many dogs will recognize any other members of the household as pack leaders as well. Mine even includes our cats. If they are all home alone or if the cats are the only ones showing initiative, she follows them around.

  34. chaitanyasaivb profile image71
    chaitanyasaivbposted 5 years ago

    Even, I have seen a dog, following its owner all the time, They lives next to my house. It will lay down outside the house, when its owner was inside the house, and It will starts following , when the owner comes outside.

  35. Calypso02 profile image58
    Calypso02posted 5 years ago

    I think it is.  It means that the dog loves you and trusts you.  My cat used to follow me around the house--if I was upstairs, so was she.  Sleeping?  She'd join me.  Watching TV?  She'd want to sit on my lap.  It's cute.

  36. ramakanths profile image55
    ramakanthsposted 4 years ago

    It is quite normal for me. My dog is  like my best pal and he always around  me when I am home. The way he welcomes me when I am home everyday after my work makes me forget all the stress and make me cherish. I really enjoy his company!

  37. profile image52
    sandy345posted 4 years ago

    I have the exact same problem with my schitzu sometimes it stresses me why won't he follow the other members in the household

  38. profile image51
    Makayla Barmadiaposted 4 years ago

    Yes if the dog looks at u for a while its hugging you.

  39. profile image51
    Takarahgaryposted 4 years ago

    I have two dogs that will follow me when they hear me moving around. There are many reasons as to why your dog may be following you.
    1. attachment
    2. curious as to what you are doing
    3. spoiled (not accusing) I made the mistake of giving my older dog food every time I went into the kitchen or when I would get up to get her a treat. Now she thinks that every time I get up she is going to get something. Also she thinks that when my roommates or I leave she is going as well.

  40. AllieRambles profile image59
    AllieRamblesposted 4 years ago

    I have a Brittany, she is 9 now and has always followed me everywhere!  At first I thought it was strange because she could also be with my son, daughter or husband, but she chose me.

    Nothing is sacred or private....toilet, shower, dressing time.  Nothing.  She's there.

    I just got used to it.  I love her and is my favorite fur friend.

  41. Ashley CathcartM profile image67
    Ashley CathcartMposted 4 years ago

    My dog follows me everywhere. I have a cat that those this also. A dog is known to be loyal and they might just be protecting their owners.

  42. Kappygirl profile image87
    Kappygirlposted 4 years ago

    Oh my gosh!  My dog, Megan, follows me every step I take!  For me it is more annoying than endearing.  I've tripped over her, stepped on her, nearly fallen down the steps.  She never leaves me alone.  I find myself shoo-ing her away just so I can have some peace.  There's four other people in our household and I'm the one she has latched on to.  Sigh...

    The real frustrating thing is that she does not do that outside.  In fact, it is the exact opposite--she bolts!  I've always wanted a dog to walk beside me, both of us leisurely strolling and enjoying being outdoors.  But she absolutely can not be off-leash.  And to make it worse, she pulls like she's at the head of a mule train!

  43. ZaneMay profile image60
    ZaneMayposted 4 years ago

    Dogs are pack animals and will always look on members in the pack. Your wife is Alpha Female and you should be Alpha Male in the pack. Sometimes dogs will just follow the pack leader around and wants to please the leader. Other times the dog can sense health problems and will follow the person with the health problems.

    I suffer with ostearthritis in lower spine, hips and knees, damaged muscles in lower spine, rsi in both wrists. My dog is very sensitive and understands and knows when I am in alot of pain. He will follow me everywhere and keep me company.

    So it could be that your dog is sensing your wifes health problems, if she suffers any.

  44. RNMSN profile image61
    RNMSNposted 4 years ago

    my hubbie and I adopted a cute little dog from the pound a year or so ago and almost from the beginning Cooper(the little dog) adopted me/Iwe have both had dogs before but not in the 33 years we've been together and neither of us ever had a dog that would do this...I find it strange but I don't mind/but I am the not the one that feeds or gives him treats/but I am the disciplinarian...less of course now..he is very smart and learned..well all he would learn (stubborn as well as smart)in a short time...I am also curious to know if I did something wrong in those first weeks...I hope not and Coop is wonderful but still/its disconcerting at times/the worst being when I go somewhere and Cooper cries

  45. profile image54
    CNikkiposted 4 years ago

    I have the same type of dog and yes it is normal. Dogs (I notice more from the smaller breeds since they have to strive more to survive) tend to rely more on what they consider as their 'pack' since dogs come from the wolves ancestry and they tend to stick together for survival. Where ever you go, being the pack he has and associates with since such pack provides the needs for your dog to live, he will follow. When it is not normal is when the dog could have developed anxiety from being alone for a fair amount of time and seems as though they can't tolerate your absence even for that short time. Hope I helped.

  46. InterestCaptured profile image83
    InterestCapturedposted 4 years ago

    No HAHAHA! You are CraZy!! What are you even thinking?

  47. creativewriter123 profile image72
    creativewriter123posted 4 years ago

    I don't have a dog. But I think like humans, dogs also craves affection, whenever, wherever. Your dog loves your wife and since your dog cannot speak, he shows it by following your wife around everywhere.
    But some experts on some websites say that its a problematic behavior in dogs due to constant fawning or attention by the owners.

  48. sashields profile image60
    sashieldsposted 4 years ago

    Yes, I think its normal. I have a male cat and female German Shepherd that follow me around the house. Its a bit annoying sometimes because I will trip over them or accidentally kick them. I think its because they are keeping tabs on you, or just want to be with you because they are curious.

  49. lisavollrath profile image93
    lisavollrathposted 4 years ago

    It's totally normal. I have two dogs, and live in a house with a long, narrow hallway, with my office at one end, and the kitchen at the other. Every time I get up to get water, it's like a little parade down the hallway and back again. Both dogs can be sound asleep on the office sofa, but as soon as I get up, they're at my feet, ready to follow wherever I go.

  50. profile image51
    Tabbixxoposted 4 years ago

    Yes, it is very normal. I swear my dog, George, just does it because he wants food... But, I think he is just curious as well; Curious George.

 
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