Dogs are considered to be some of the happiest creatures on Earth. They also tend to have a special talent for expressing themselves, and this can come in many forms, including always following their families around out of sheer love.
Angel, my pampered chihuahua, knows when “Daddy” will 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 into the driveway, she runs to find me. Then back to the door she goes, waiting for 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.
Why Your Dog May Follow You
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.
If the constant following is 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 families go off to work or school).
Some Helpful Ways to Lessen Attachment
If you feel the need for space between you and your pooch, here are a few tips that may help, 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 — who never leaves your side — A Better Life With Your Dog suggests that you start paying less attention to your pet. This seems insensitive but will be better for you and your pet in the long run.
Let Your Dog Sleep Next to You
You may be able to lessen his attachment to you by getting your dog a nice, comfy bed. Place the bed on the floor beside your own bed. This doesn’t have to be a permanent setup; just continue having him sleep next to you until the separation anxiety has improved through implementing the tips above in the daylight hours.
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Don’t forget: Dogs are social creatures. They detect changes in routines and need to know that things will soon get back to normal.
Watch an adorable Yorkie follow his human around in this video:
When you return home after a leave of absence and wonder, “Why does my dog always follow me everywhere?” know that your dog does this because she loves you and 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.