Why Does Your Dog Follow You to The Bathroom?

Does your dog follow you to the bathroom?

We all know that our dogs love us, but it can start to feel a little clingy when they squeeze their way through the closing door as you’re on your way to do your business.

When they do make it into the bathroom with you, they just sit and stare at you, waiting for you to finish.

Many times, your dog will even follow you to the bathroom in other people’s houses too!

Let’s take a look at 3 reasons behind this strange behavior.

dog follows you to the bathroom instinct


Another reason your dog is following you to the bathroom is because of instinct.

In the wild, wolves watch each other when they go to the bathroom because that is when they are most vulnerable to other predators.

You may notice that when your dog is relieving themselves, they are also making constant, awkward eye contact with you.

This isn’t because your dog is a weirdo, it’s because they feel vulnerable.

So when it’s time for you to use the restroom, your dog wants to make sure you’re safe in your “vulnerable” state, and will follow you as their pack member to the bathroom to watch you take care of business. 

Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety is another common reason why dogs follow their owners to the bathroom.

Dogs with separation anxiety can get nervous just by you getting up and leaving the room.

If you leave the room and close the door, they get even more nervous. If this is the reason your dog is following you to the bathroom, they will often cry and scratch on the other side of the door.

You may want to work on training this behavior out of your dog to help minimize their anxiety.  

dog follows you to the bathroom routine


The last reason your dog follows you to the bathroom is because it’s simply a part of their routine.

When your dog was a tiny puppy, they probably followed you everywhere, including the bathroom.

As they’ve gotten older, the act of following you whenever you walk into the bathroom is just a normal part of their daily routine.

In your dog’s head, they think it’s what they’re supposed to do because it’s what they’ve always done.

If you give your dog pets and attention once they follow you, you’re reinforcing this behavior, and it will likely continue. 


I hope this quick little article helped you understand the reasoning behind your dog following you to the bathroom.

If it doesn’t bother you, you can continue to let your dog into the bathroom with you as you answer the call of nature.

If you still think it’s too weird, then it’s time to have a talk with your dog about privacy and look into ways of training out this behavior

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