Whether you like it or get annoyed by it, a dog will sometimes follow you everywhere you go. If you’re an inexperienced pet owner or simply haven’t dealt with this before, it may confuse you. Why does your dog feel the need to stay by your side at all times?
One of the reasons is the pack mentality. Despite the fact they’ve been domesticated a long time ago, many dogs still feel the need to be part of a group. If they have no other dogs to group with, they can consider their humans for the role. The same instinct is making your dog watch you closely and want you to touch them.
Another reason for your dog following you everywhere is the bond you two have. When puppies are around six-months-old, they can start thinking of their owners as if they were their mothers. It’s often seen that older dogs can also bond with humans who take care of them. A dog that trusts you and wants to protect you will often go with you.
There’s another explanation for your dog following you around—they may be hoping for some treats or attention. This is possible if you’ve been using positive reinforcement and treats while training the dog.