Why does my dog follow me into the bathroom? This is a question we’ve often asked ourselves after closing the bathroom door only to notice two eyes staring back at us. By now we’re totally used to the dog hanging out with us while we go about our business — but the behavior still confuses us. Fortunately, there’s a really heartwarming explanation for this quirk.
Dogs are social animals like their ancestors, wolves. As a result, they may accompany you to the bathroom because of their need to be part of a pack. They may also feel the desire to protect you, or become nervous when they cannot see you.
Another explanation is that your dog is looking for a treat. It’s not surprising that your pup would want to be around you if you’re generous with the belly rubs and dog biscuits. By following you to the bathroom, your pooch may simply be in search of a treat or some chin scratches.
If none of those reasons seems quite right for your dog, consider whether they’re simply being curious. “Look at it from the dog’s point of view,” dog trainer Erin Kramer told the AKC. “You might think you’re the cool one, but the person your dog is attached to is the road to everything wonderful and magical. The focus is on that person because of what they give access to.”
As much as we love our fur babies, accepting boundaries when it comes to personal space is not usually one of their strong suits. If you’re not a fan of your pup following you into the bathroom, don’t let them enter. We doubt your dog will be miffed. However, it may be time to book an appointment with your vet if you notice your dogs exhibiting behaviors that indicate separation anxiety when they cannot see you.
In the end, there’s no reason to get upset about dogs who follows you to the bathroom. Chances are they just want to see what their favorite human is up to.