Dogs are considered to be the happiest creatures on earth. They tend to have a special talent for expressing themselves.
Angel, my pampered chihuahua, knows when it is time for “daddy” to come home from work each day. When it is almost that time, she will go to the door and sit.
As soon as she spots his car turning in the driveway, she runs to find me. Back to the door she goes, waiting for her daddy to come inside.
Once he’s inside, she always follows him everywhere, jumping up on his leg for attention. Sometimes she doesn’t seem to know when to stop following him around.
Experts believe this behavior is mostly about security. You are your dog’s world. When you leave for a long period of time, your pet’s security is thrown a bit.
If the constant following seems to be out of control, it’s possible that your dog has separation anxiety (which is becoming more common, since so many dogs are left home alone as their owners go off to work or school).
Why Does My Dog Always Follow Me?
There are a few tips you can try, according to The Complete Healthy Dog Handbook:
- Give your dog at least 30 minutes of exercise daily.
- Work on commands (sit, stay, come, etc.).
- Leave your dog with a tasty distraction, such as a toy stuffed with a food treat.
If you have a “Velcro” dog — one that never seems to leave your side — A Better Life With Your Dog suggests that you start paying less attention to your pet. This seems insensitive, but you need to lessen the dog’s attachment to you.
This is not being mean; it is keeping your puppy healthy. So it’s kind of like saying to a child, “I’m punishing you because I love you!”
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Does Your Dog Sleep in the Bed With You?
You may be able to lessen its attachment to you by getting it a nice, comfy dog bed. Place the bedding on the floor beside your own bed.
This doesn’t have to be a permanent setting; just do this until the separation anxiety has improved.
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Dogs are social creatures. They detect change in routines, and need to know that things will soon get back to normal.
When you return home after a “leave of absence” and wonder, “Why does my dog always follow me everywhere?” know that your dog constantly follows you because she loves you. She is happy that you’ve made it back to her.
Your clingy dog is a family member who needs a little reassuring that you’ll be there for her.
Is your dog constantly at your heels? Tell me about it in the comments section below. You might also want to check out my previous post on how long dogs are supposed to sleep. If you enjoyed this article, you’ll love Pets Adviser’s popular email newsletter. It’s free to sign up, and you’ll also be among the first to get alerts about major pet food recalls: Learn more here.