Why do dogs follow you to the toilet?

When we visit the toilet, many of us look forward to a brief moment of alone time in a world that never seems to slow down. We like to take five minutes to scroll through social media, read the news, and just relax for a fleeting moment in solitude. Dog owners though, rarely get this chance as these animals seem to have a habit of following us into the smallest room of the house. Why do dogs follow us into the loo? Let’s find out.

Two’s company

Dogs (thankfully) have very different bathroom habits to us humans. Their routine doesn’t involve checking twitter or updating a fantasy team on a sports app (or reading the back of the air-freshener can if you forgot your phone). Instead, dogs have only the shelter of a tree or lamppost and you may notice they turn to look at you while they do your business. This is because, when your dog’s ancestors lived in the wild, a visit the little pup’s room was when they were at their most vulnerable. While concentrating on their business, they were open to attack from predators and so they would often visit their preferred convenience as a pack, with those not going to the loo keeping look out for those that were.

Now, given that you are part of a dog’s pack, your dog is honouring this ancient custom and protecting you while you scroll through your ex’s instagram updates and check your emails. They are standing guard while you are at your most vulnerable, and this is one of the primary reasons why they follow you into the throne room.



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