Not all dogs are the same, but if you are dog owner the chances are that you have a stalker in your life; someone who wants to keep track of your every move. They can be a real velcro, following you around to even the most private places, where you sure want to be left alone.
But what are the reasons for this behaviour? Maybe your pup is just worried when you go to the bathroom and seat on that horrifying toilet-seat and wants to make sure it doesn’t swallow you. Or he is just being polite and returning you a favour of watching you while you’re doing your “business” like you watch him every day in the park doing the same. It makes sense if you think about it.
We can keep guessing, but science has its answers, too. In a remarkable study that involved training dogs to lie still in an M.R.I. scanner scientists found out that dog’s’ brain respond to familiar sounds and smells coming from us in a specific way and that they love us and consider us family.
But no one can live just on love, so there can be a more practical reason your pooch is stalking you. He can be expecting some food or snacks the fall on the floor accidently, especially if you are a messy eater.
“Love you, but love potato chips that you’ve dropped as well!”
Maybe you like to think he follows you around because you’re a natural born leader. May be so, but another study on relationships between dogs found that dogs are more likely to follow the most friendly dog, not the pack leader. So keep doing a good job of being a real buddy to your pooch, because he obviously appreciates that.