We love our pets, but we don’t always understand why they do the things they do

For what reasons do your dog follow you. Perhaps the most obvious reason, some dogs simply prefer the companionship of their human owners. Over the process of domestication, natural selection has shaped dogs to become companions for humans. Domesticated dogs are now ‘bonded’ with humans in some of the same ways as children. In this sense, our bond with dogs is one that has evolved over the course of domestications. Dogs are social animals. Just as we enjoy their companionship, they often like ours as well. And what better way to show it than to stick close to your buddy?

But also, dogs are pack animals, and we are their pack and since it’s pretty much a foregone conclusion, from a genetic standpoint, that your dog will spend some chunk of their waking hours following you around, it’s not generally something to worry about—unless, of course, it makes you uncomfortable. Not everyone appreciates having a furry friend underfoot at all times.

If your dog follows you around constantly, you will likely either find it incredibly endearing or you will be tired of almost tripping over him all the time.


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