A dog is very socialize animal. Whether you trained your dog to follow you or not, there’s a good chance that your canine companion will always follows you around the house even without a command. Many dogs are happily follow their owners around. While this generally is just a sign of your dog’s interest in you, it can also be a symptom of underlying anxiety or lack of confidence in your dog.
Here are 3 reasons why your dog always follow you:
1. Yearn For Companionship
Human bred dogs for generations and generations to want to be around us from being a wild wolf or dog into an affectionate, domestic dog. The fact that most dogs spent their days alone is a really new thing for them. Because dogs are such social creatures, they are often strongly motivated to be in our presence as much as possible while we’re around. Have you ever wonder what happen in your house whenever you leave your dog alone for hours especially during work? Well most of the time they really misses you, like a LOT!
2. Escape From Boredom
Many dogs don’t really get enough physical and mental exercise every day. This can lead to them following their people all over the place, looking for anything to do. If you give your dog a chew toy, does he stop? If so, he was probably bored! Well if he is, then we suggest you couple of tricks that can make your canine friend happy.
3. Have Unmet Needs
Sometimes if your dog follows you around the house, it might be the time to go outside and have some fresh air with your dog. Take a walk with him at the park or around the neighborhood. There are also some cases that dogs become clingy when they are feeling unwell or otherwise need some help. Let him sniff all the stuff while taking a walk that should give a good mental stimulation for him.
4. Lack of Confidence or Anxiety
Some dogs rely on our social presence because they’re actually nervous about being alone. This can be a symptom of separation anxiety according to some studies. But many dogs that are generally “worried about life” also exhibit shadowing behavior, especially during storms or other worrisome times!
Watch your dog’s body language to determine if his shadowing behavior is motivated by fear of the unknown versus desire to be near you. An anxious dog may display pinned ears, wide eyes, grimaced panting, or increased tension as you get ready to leave. Dogs who are actually anxious might not be willing to eat a treat or play with a toy while you leave the room.
5. Cure For Your Dog To Stop Following You
The solution for these matters are very simple and straightforward actually. You have to give him something else to do instead. But what exactly?
Here’s one, try to teach them how to lie calmly on a bed or mat as a way to boost independence in clingy dogs. There are several methods that can prove successful when it comes to training your pup how to do this. Karen Overall’s Protocol for Relaxation, which teaches your pup to sit and remain calm no matter the circumstances, is one option.
The method is that try to take a new bed or mat and ask your dog to lie down on it. Each time he successfully does so, reward him with a delicious treat. After he masters this command, begin incorporating distractions like setting treats down nearby or having a family member stand a few feet from his mat. Eventually, he will learn to lie down and stay on his designated mat for extended periods of time. Give it a try and see the improvement with your own eyes!
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