Why Dogs Follow

by janie knetzer

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Why Dogs Follow Us From Room To Room

Ever wonder why dogs follow us all over the house? My dogs have their eyes on me at all times which is what prompted me to ask “does your dog follow you from room to room”? I not only have my own two dogs watching my every move; but my neighbor’s dog “Boo” too.

We pick “Boo” up on the way back from our walk and let her stay with us for a couple of hours each day during the week.

As I was working on the computer, all three dogs were sleeping. I got up to get some coffee and everybody’s up. It’s as if they’re saying “we got movement”!

So, on the way in to get my coffee, Boo’s crossing in front of me; Maggie’s right behind me and Jenna’s watching me from across the room.

Why Dogs Do This

Dogs watch body language and follow their owners because they regard them as their pack leaders. When you move, they move.

This is what’s done in the wild and still done today with our domestic dogs.

Dogs are of course on the same family tree as wolves and the similarities of wolf behavior is often very much the same with our own dogs.

In a wolf pack, the alpha pack leaders decide everything including when it’s time to hunt and when it’s time to move. The other members of the pack understand their positions within the pack and follow their leaders in almost every decision.

The pack is always watching the alpha’s movements and body language so that they know what their next move is.

You’re The Alpha

When your dog follows you from room to room or watches your every movement – this is why. He’s doing what thousands of years have taught him to do.

So the next time your dog is under your feet or following you from room to room, remember, he’s doing what he’s supposed to do. Take pride in knowing that he considers you to be the Alpha Dog!

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Darlene August 8, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Well thank you for enlightening me on this. I often ask my husband why does my dogs follow me all over the house and watches every move I make. WOW! Very interesting and helpful. Pack leader huh!


laffin August 8, 2011 at 9:13 pm

I have three canine companions and two of them, both boys, like to hang out in my office with me (one especially likes to sleep on my feet) while the third, a girl, prefers to sleep in the recliner in the living room. She only deigns to make an appearance when she wants something, like a cookie or to go outside. I don’t think she thinks she is the alpha though because when I want to use the recliner, she moves.


admin August 8, 2011 at 9:28 pm

That’s cute. My old girl used to be the same way. The younger ones were always watching my every move, but my old girl would do her own thing – UNTIL she heard the cookie wrapper!


Liz Flynn August 9, 2011 at 4:58 pm

I have 4 furry ones and they watch my every move and follow me everywhere, good article :)


admin August 9, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Thanks Liz!


Faiaz November 27, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Don’t mean to be “that guy” but this is too much of an informative article to be tarnished by a simple error. Please change the “YOUR the alpha” to “YOU’RE the alpha” if it’s not a hassle. Again, please don’t take it the wrong way. Keep up the great work!!!!!


admin November 27, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Hey Faiaz:
I wanted to personally say thank you to “that great guy” who caught that mistake for me. Thanks alot – LOVE having another set of eyes to help me out. MUCH appreciated.


Sue August 15, 2012 at 4:13 pm

My five dogs are also very devoted companions and they follow my every move. I love that they have my back at all times.


admin August 15, 2012 at 11:46 pm

Hi Sue:
Wow 5 – you’re quite the trooper! :o

That’s awesome and I’m sure they are watching you with one eye open at all times. Nice.



Rouxline February 5, 2013 at 9:21 am

Thanx for the infomation cause I have a maltese and still learning I guess their also protective of us as we take care of them.


admin February 5, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Hi Rouxline:
You’re welcome and “yes” no matter what their size; they’re always protective of their loved ones.



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