If you have a dog, you know that they are just a big ball of loyal love. They adore you and show you by following you everywhere. They even love to follow you into the bathroom! Um, can I have some privacy, please?
Come on! Admit it. How many times have you sat on your toilet with your dog right there staring up at you with those big puppy dog eyes? You may even like to give them a little pat on the head while you pee. We've all done it.
But they don’t actually have a bathroom fetish. Dogs like to follow their owners everywhere because they like to be a part of the pack. Think about it. From the second you walk in the door they are by your side. Following you to the kitchen to the living room to the bathroom and back again.
In the wild, dogs like to travel in groups and they see you as a part of their pack. So where you go, your dog will follow. It's also possible that you have a "velcro dog." These breeds have been bred to work with people and are called “velcro dogs” because they love to stick be their owner’s side.
They also just love you and love to be around you. In one particular study, scientists trained dogs to lie in an M.R.I. scanner to monitor their brains. Scientists found that dogs’ brains respond to familiar sounds and smells, like their owners voice and scent, with love.
Like following you to the bathroom, everything your dog does means something. There are reasons for the cuddles, the face licks and those puppy dog eyes they love to give you. Here are a few more dog behaviors to look out for.
Your dog gives you one little look with those puppy-dog eyes and your heart explodes. Dogs give you that look to tell you two things: They are telling you that they love you and that they trust you. And of course you love and trust them too. Actually you love them but you definitely don't trust them. Especially with your food.
Your dog probably doesn’t even acknowledge you when food is around. But have you noticed that after they eat, they like to curl up with you and cuddle? If they like to cuddle when their bellies are full, they are showing you that they are 100 percent comfortable with you.
Some dogs are aggressive lickers and some people hate when dogs lick their face. Personally I love my dog’s stinky breath and can't get enough of it. Licking is actually a sign of submission and it can also help ease stress if they are feeling anxious. And yes, it is also a sign of love.
Does your dog like to lean against you? Whether you are standing up or lying down, they have to be touching you? They may be looking for some extra love and affection. Make sure to give it to them. After all, they are your best friend. They deserve it!
So hopefully, by knowing these signs you will be able to better communicate with your pup. You can't train a dog to speak or text or call you to tell you what they are doing, so these signs are the next best thing. And as for the whole bathroom thing, just let it go. And if you are poop shy, I don't know what to tell you.