10 reasons dogs follow you to the bathroom

Many pet owners are familiar with the quirks and eccentricities of living with animals. Having a "shadow" following you from room to room is not surprising in the least — and this extends right into the bathroom.
What causes your dog to want to share such an intimate moment with you anyway? Here are 10 possible reasons your dog follows you into the bathroom:
1. Dogs have a pack mentality.
They are part of your life and your family, so, therefore, they believe they should be part of all your daily activities. Your dog may be uncomfortable being separated from you, the pack leader, and needs to follow you everywhere ... even into the bathroom.
2. Curiosity can cause your dog to enter the bathroom with you.
He may think that you go into this area so often because it needs to be secured and monitored frequently. Isn't that why you eliminate and leave your scent there? And surely, you wouldn't walk into a potentially dangerous situation without your four-legged pack member at your side, right?
3. Your dog might feel that he is providing protection.
In nature, going to the bathroom can be risky business as an animal exposes itself to potential attack in the most vulnerable of moments. But with your pup at your side, you'll have nothing to fear.
4. Your dog might just love to be with you, all the time ... yes, even in the bathroom.
Dogs value their owners' company, and considering how hectic the house can be on a general basis, sneaking into the bathroom with you might just be the only quiet downtime the two of you get!
5. Dogs love smells.
The more to smell, the better, and our bathrooms consist of more than just the toilet. Think about all the smells that your dog can take in there: soaps, cleaning products, perfumes, shaving creme, and even dirty towels or what's in the small garbage bin. A bathroom is a sniffer's dream!
6. Some dogs sit and stare at their owners in the bathroom.
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Why all the staring? Your dog might be trying to make an emotional connection with you using his eyes.
7. Your dog might be suffering from separation anxiety.
Consult your veterinarian if your dog's constant desire to be with you prompts erratic or stressful behaviors, such as getting upset if you shut him out of the bathroom.
8. Dogs have no concept of privacy.
The dog's ancestors, the wolves, worked together consistently and never held back on anything. That's how a successful pack (and family) works. Your dog might not view the bathroom as anything more than a place to join you. After all, why would you want to be alone and have privacy?
9. Does your dog bring a toy into the bathroom with you?
Or pick up a hand towel off the floor and bring it to you? Your dog is giving you a gift just to say that he loves you. So what if he presents his gift in the bathroom?
10. Finally, your dog might just be making himself useful.
Maybe she knows you could use a little support from a lean against your legs, or maybe he's a fill-in for your broken toilet paper holder. Either way, your dog could be trying to help.
So the next time your dog accompanies you into your bathroom, instead of writing him off as a total weirdo, consider that there just might be a method to his madness.

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