Why Do Dogs Follow You Around?

by Perfect Puppy Care on November 10, 2011

Dog Following

It is something that commonly amuses many dog owners, when their dog follows them around the house wherever they go. Even when they go outside or to work, the dog may try to follow them to work or outside. There are also tales of dogs who will follow their owners on a move, traveling great distances to be with their family.

The biggest reason for this is because dogs are pack animals and it is in their nature to spend time with their pack. Because of their pack nature, they seek to spend all of their time with their family and do not see this behavior as odd at all. In fact, they see their behavior as what they are supposed to do.

In the wild, dog’s canine brethren will stay with their pack. They will follow each other around and spend time in constant communication if they can. They have a variety of ways to communicated with each other, including barks, howls, whimpers, and a series of tail wags. Since most of their interactions are more up close and personal than humans they need to be close to you to communicate with you.

So the biggest reason that a dog will follow you around is because they want to be with you. They see you as a member of their pack and they are around you in order to not only protect you, but also because they enjoy spending time with you. They want to spend time with their pack.

Wolves in the wild will follow their pack, with their attention focused mostly on their alpha wolf. They will defer to you for what they are supposed to do. While it isn’t always obvious what they are looking for, it isn’t the reasoning why there are they by your side, it is the fact that they are that is so remarkable.

Even when you do not think of yourself as the alpha of the pack, it is only important that they see you that way. They will often times look for you in a room or a house when they cannot find you. As the alpha of the pack, you are in charge of when they eat, when the pack leaves the home, and many other things. Their day is spent thinking about you whether you are there or not. If you leave their sight, then they are wondering where you are. When you are there, they are wondering how you are.

While this is the most dominant reason, this is not the only reason that dogs will follow their owners. With puppies specifically, it is usually because they are looking for their mother. When their mother is gone, they look to you to fill that position. While for some dogs this behavior fades with time, other times it will be your reaction to the behavior that will establish you as the alpha of the pack.

However, the alternative is that they dog will see themselves as the alpha of the pack, and you as their subordinate. If you they see themselves as the alpha dog, they will not want you to be out of their site. They are by your side to ensure that they will be the one that decides when you leave the home. This is usually the case when they react strongly as you leave the house without them.

When the dogs act like this, it is beneficial to take the dog to the veterinarian, as this can become a serious problem. There are few medical reasons that dogs will act like this, and it is usually training that will fix this behavior. If it is an issue for you, even if it is not because you as the dog owner believe that your dog sees themselves as the alpha, but it is an issue to you, it is something that you can take your dog to a trainer to rectify the situation.

Whether you are the alpha dog or they see themselves as the alpha dog, it is something that happens in every household where a dog is present. Their pack nature will cause them to treat you in a certain way, and if it isn’t a problem, it is something that you should just enjoy. It’s an amusing behavior that many dog owners love.

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