Ask PoopReport: Why Does My Dog Come With Me?

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Dear Poopreport,

Why does my dog always want to sit next to me in the bathroom when I shit?

We got a female Sheltie puppy six months ago. This is the first time in my
life I have ever had a dog. Every time I go to the bathroom, Dixie
follows me in.

If I try to lock her out, she will scratch at the door and
bark until I let her in. She will sit there and rest her body against my leg
and demand I pet her as I drop my loaf. As soon as I am done shitting and
wiping, I stand to flush and she runs to the door, knowing that "we" are
done.

Why does this dog want to "help me shit"? Do other dogs do this? Does the
dog enjoy the smell of my dung?

I will admit I enjoy the company -- I see it as quality time between my pet
and I -- and it sure beats reading the newspaper alone.

79 Comments on "Ask PoopReport: Why Does My Dog Come With Me?"

ChiefThunderbutt's picture
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Dear Anonymous, I mean absolutely no offense by this question but when you are preparing food what does it smell like?

How long a minute is depends on what side of the bathroom door you're on!

Anonymous's picture

Lots of people maintain that the animal is just bonding. But if that is the case, why doesn't my dog follow me into the kitchen as well? She always follows to the bathroom, but only to the kitchen if I am preparing food????

Anonymous's picture

Feed them pineapple. Crush it, then mix it in with dry food, or use the pineapple juice. The acid from the pineapple will make it smell and taste bad to them and they will stop eating it.

Anonymous's picture

Omg, the story regarding the dog and three cats had me giggling out loud.... Coincidentally while in the bathroom with my rottie mix at my side. The best part is you know its true because its just so .... Perfect, any pet owner knows exactly what the author was saying because of our own experience with our 4 legged buddies.

daphne's picture
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I have noticed that our Boston Terrier will snuggled back against us when he sleeps. When my American Bulldog goes to sleep with me he will often end up doing the butt-to-face thing, as well.

I think this may be a result of the relationship that you have with your dog. Backing up into one's human may be a security thing. What do you think? Our dogs always sidle up to us on the couch and while we are hanging out on the floor, and usually they sit with at least part of their backs against us.

I can't tell you how many times I've awoken to Gator's damned farts. You are not alone.

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Anonymous's picture

I am trying to figure out the meaning of my 2yr old pug who sleeps with me and while I am alseep, postures her anus and backside to my nose and mouth and then falls comfortably asleep too. What meaning is in this as I am always shocked when I wake up discovering what has been against my face, nose, and lips.

Anonymous's picture

Okay, heard and use 'drop the kids at the pool', but never 'pump my fudge'. Too funny :D

Anonymous's picture

i have a female about a year and a half. She does the same to me. I take her every where im allowed to. got use to it. Infact I almost call her when i go if i don"t see her...lol. I can"t get her to stop eating her poop or cat poop its awful have to bath her often she gets to stinking...

Anonymous's picture

This is the funniest conversation I've ever read! I was laughing and my dog was looking at as if I was crazy. Funny stuff, funny stuff. The rat selling popcorn did me in.

Anonymous's picture

my dog does the same... when i take a shower she lay down in the mat and waits till i get out... when i go take a dump she also comes in quickly before i shut the door and just lay in the mat and waits till im finish...

Anonymous Coward's picture

Mine follows me in, too.

I think it's because dogs know how we feel. If we act excited to see them come watch us shit once, or talk to them and give them attention, they'll keep coming back. If you yell at them when they come in, they'll stop.

It's a cycle.. you give them attention, they want, more attention, they come again...

Sometimes my dog stands there wagging her tail while I shit. That weirds me out a bit, but.. well, if I had a tail, I would be wagging it too. Taking a dump is exciting!

Anonymous Coward's picture

my 9 month pomeranian follows me EVERYWHERE. Sometimes when I'm in the bathroom he squats too, but I always stop him with a sharp "hey!" and he waits to go outside. He usually just sits and stares at me, sometimes wants to be pet, and every once and a while will try to get in my lap. weird. My friend dog sitted for me once and said he watched her pee. lol.

Nikkis my name number 2's my game's picture

HA! i have a border collie girl, and she usto HAVE to be with me when i would do i dues and shower, but now not so much, the older she gets the less she cares. i mean she still follows me everywhere, and gets upset that she cant go with me when i leave (see i useto live in a small lil town in N. Cali, and she usto go everywhere with me, but jan, we moved to Hawaii, and theres not many places here she can go with me) so im thinkin maybe that what did it, shes mad at me and wants to go back home. lol

But i also did just get an Aussie pup, shes about 11 weeks now, she follows me into the bathroom to watch me do my dues. lol. but her main consern is to sleat the cardbord tp roller things outa the trash can. lol (as the bathroom door is now to be closed after use, because a lil puppy in the house enjoys unrolling the tp all over the place.. she also finds it quite funny to Watch US clean it up) lol....

ConcernedLOL's picture

I have 3 Boston Terriers and 1 English Bulldog/Doberman mix. We call them the "bathroom monitors". The order goes as follows:

boy- 6 years old
girl- 2 1/2
girl- 2
girl (mix)- 3-4 months old

the boy was the ring leader since he was the "only child" before the other 2 bostons. He will grunt and sniff at the door until you let him in- if you didn't let him in, he would then lay down outside the door until you finished. If permitted to be in the restroom with you, he would/will lick your ankles and then go lay down. The girls are the same way minus the licking. They come in when you come in, lay on the ground and go to sleep. When you are done, they simply get back up and go back to doing whatever it is they were doing before. You could be changing, applying make up, showering, brushing your teeth, peeing, pooping, fixing your hair and doing any other deeds and they will just come in as if to make sure you're "doing what you're supposed to be doing" and lay down and go to sleep. It's bizarre. The puppy tries to get involved with my underwear but I think that's disgusting so I tell her to "go lay down". She does., she's very smart for her age and has practically no accidents in the house (I found her on the street fighting death at about 1 month). She's weird though because although she knows she's going to get wet, she will follow me inside the shower. I try to not encourage this behavior (she's huge, bigger than my bostons and makes quite the mess) but sometimes she just doesn't care and will sit in the shower and watch me shower. I mean it's borderline ridiculous! You can tell she's uncomfortable getting wet and squirted in the face with water, but she just doesn't care. It's not like she couldn't watch me from outside the shower- the shower is made of glass! This is one behavior I just do not understand. None of them watch me or interact with me at all when I'm using the toilet, they just lay there.

Sometimes, when we have company, the oldest will enter my room through the doggie door and (I know the consequences of shutting the door all the way) barges in, looks at me as if to "check up on me" and then heads back out to "tend to the guests". I just do not get it lol but it sure is hilarious.

GarlandGirl's picture

wow- this has to be the longest conversation ever. it started in 2002 and here we are in 2010 still talking about dogs wanting to watch us poop! i have 2 pugs, neither has to be in with either me or ny husband, but my older pug does something that no one here has mentioned yet. when I am done (I don't know about my husband, when he is pooping, I leave cause the smell is deadly), my older dog (a girl) stands up and looks in the bowl. It always cracks me up. She's done this since she was big enough to reach. I always wonder if I just move the pet steps next to the bowl, will she climb up and take a poop herself? Of course she would probably fall in and I will find her drowned head first!

spindolly's picture

My pomeranian Mr.Buttons has this crazy little system of communication going on through poop/pee. Every night when we go for a walk he stops at four or five designated spots. He stands there and sniffs at first then lifts up his leg and marks the spot. Same routine, same spots,every night. He returns to those same spots to retrieve markings from other dogs in the neighborhood. So simple yet so sophistocated. He's a little poopy inspector gaget-at least thats what I call him.

Optimus_Megalatron's picture

I have three cats. "Bama" the male likes to come in with me sometimes when I shit. He comes in trotting, brushes against my legs a few times asking to be pet, then if I do. He comes in from every direction until I've rubbed him from every angle, then burys his head in my underwear sniffing away. Then he looks up at me with this weird but hilarious look in his face, mouth open teeth bearing. As if he just toked some really good shit. "weed"lol Then he hops in the tub for a while and leaves. One of my female cats "Snow" runs in every chance she gets talking to me in these funny baby sounds and wants to be pet & rubbed. Then she stands up to let me know she wants up. So I pick her up some times & she head butts me and waddles around in my lap and chest until I'm sick of her and covered in hair. & I put her down. Then she runs off pissed. My other female "Precious" comes in sometimes, but just to watch and be nosey & explore the bathroom and poke at me from behind the shower curtains. I most times am bombarded by whomever decides to come in unexpectedly. But sometimes I slam the door when I see em coming when its early morning or when I'm just off from work and don't feel like all the paparazzi. Unless I don't close it all the way, then they burst in as if I need permission to close a door. But often times I deal with it cuz its sometimes the only time they want to be bothered by their slave and the only attention I get from my masters. Even though I often forget I'm suppost to be shitting because of all the excitement lol

*lovely*'s picture

Hi, I just got my dog on thanksgiving and she loves me.
She also just had puppies two weeks ago and I stayed up with her for 36 hours. My dad and I built her a birthing box but she didn't want to have her pups in there, she wanted to have them in my room. I take care of her and everything. But it's really weird, this is my second lab. And both labs loved me but this one is so attached. She follows me EVERYWHERE! She waits outside my bathroom door, she will be feeding her pups but when she hears or sees me she gets up and follows me. I just want to know why my dog is so attached to me and listins and obeys me and not really anyone else.

theroyalplunger's picture
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I too am the owner of poop & piss watcher. My dog however follows me everywhere in my home, and is treated like a son. All be it, he is my slightly retarded son, that licks his own ass, and rests his head on my underwear whilest I'm going to the bathroom. But there again he is like a son. It is a bonding experience and it is the closest they can get to sniffing your butthole. With that being said, he does spend the rest of his day stuck up my ass no matter what I am doing. He is part beagle, part yorkie. Which makes him a small dog, but he's going on 9 now, and much like the "confrence call" comment he is my right hand man. lol.

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ChiliKahKah's picture
j 1000+ points

The dog is trying to understand why you are not house broken yet.

Anonymous Coward's picture

I have three cats and a dog. One of my cats is stuck up his own backside and rarely pays any attention to me whatsoever until, that is, I need to do my daily duties. Once you are sitting on the toilet, he comes in purring, wraps himself around your legs, meows, starts rolling all over the floor and wants all your attention. Once you've finished, he just strutts out and goes back to sleep and doesn't want to know you anymore. Also, you must not shut the bathroom door in this house - doesn't matter what you're doing, the cats don't like the door being shut and they will rip up the carpet outside the door so that when you want to get out of the bathroom, the door becomes stuck on the ripped up carpet and you are trapped. The dog just sleeps on the sofa all day.

spattacus's picture
l 100+ points

Doniker should count himself lucky that the dog likes to sit beside him. Ours: 2 Rottweilers then 2 Italian Spinones, both large breeds, always wanted to sit between your legs - if they sat on your partly pulled down clothes it would pitch you forward off the crapper; no joke mid-dump.
Tip: if your mutt has rolled in anything stinky, a good way of getting rid of the lingering stench is to coat the fouled area in ketchup then wash off well. The tomato works better than most shampoos. No idea if it works on poison ivy though!

Thunderbox's picture
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AC, you haven`t told us the important detail: while you`re cranking one out, how does your dog look at you? In a superior way or in a jealous way?

The voice of sanity

IBS NO MORE's picture
k 500+ points

Every single dog I've ever had before my current pet just loved Loved LOVED to roll their entire bodies in the stinkiest smelling nasty rotting thing on the side of the road. I even witnessed my most loyal childhood companion happily roll and flop around in some dead deer innards someone had helpfully discarded in the neighborhood ditch.

Now I have a dog who actually likes to roll around in Febreze or any other good-smelling substance I spray on a rollable surface. Go figure.

ES, according to Concetta Bertoldi's "Do Dead People Watch You Shower?" our crossed-over relatives watch us masturbate all the time, but they don't judge us for it. ;) Thanks for the warning, though, as I thought my eyes were going bad just from age!

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Life is a grindstone. Whether it grinds you down or polishes you up, depends upon what you're made of.

When you say the word “poop,” your mouth makes the same motion your butthole does when pooping…
The same can be said for the phrase “explosive diarrhea.”

El Scumbag's picture
k 500+ points

Simple answer: your dog is a reincarnation of one of your dead relatives. They are watching you masturbate. Stop it or you'll go blind.

Anonymous Coward's picture

my dog does the same thing. but he does some other weird thing. everytime i am masturbating in my room, he would bust open the door if he can. its like he can smell my erection coming. he just come and sit on the floor and watch me till i am done. after he sees me clean myself up, he would then leave. weird... werd.

spindolly's picture

My pomeranian Mr.Buttons likes to chill behind the toliet for some reason, when im in the bathroom he has to be included or will make it known he wants to come in. I found along time ago that dogs find smells we think repulsive to be fantastic hince the toliet hangout.

Anonymous Coward's picture

The dog is amazed at something that actually smells worse than dogshit?? No personal reflection on doniker of course **snicker snicker**

shitake boy's picture
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My cat always, without fail comes into the bathroom with me when I am taking a shit. That is one of the times that she likes to be pet. I don't know if she likes the smell or what, but it must also be a cat thing as well. When I am taking a shit, I am usually sitting there for 10-20 minutes. I am surprised that the cat can tollerate the stench.

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In search of the ever evasive BM

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daphne's picture
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Why don't you just call your vet and ask for a callback? It might be very common.


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Anonymous Coward's picture

My dog Jayce is in heat right now.She is fully potty trained,and here lately she has been uraniting all over her diaper.Its not like her to not let me know she needs to go outside.Should I take her to the vet to see if she has a track infection?She has been potty tranined for 3 years,and when we pick her up,she is soaked :(

Bilgepump's picture
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Dogs like poop, Chief...they eat it, roll in it, play with it, bring it in the house as an offer to buy dinner for a change...etc.
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The proper order is kiss me, then go smell the other dog or cat's butt. I cannot stress this enough.

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ChiefThunderbutt's picture
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We have two cats that always accompany my wife when she enters the bathroom to do her business. When I enter the bathroom for a shit they get out their visas and head for the airport.

This would probably be a good question for our animal expert Daphne; if dogs have a sense of smell thousands of times more sensitive than humans how in Hells name can they stand to be in the bathroom when a particularly stench ridden loaf is pinched?

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Eat chilies and feel the burn!!

How long a minute is depends on what side of the bathroom door you're on!

SUSY's picture

Dude, my dog and cat come in my cat takes a shit and my dog wants to be pet. Although it is when I pee or shit... as soon as I reach for the roll she leaves so does the cat????? what the hell?

The Thunderous Crapper 63's picture
k 500+ points

I dont think it has anything to do with the dump in as much as they just may simply enjoy your company. I know some dogs just hate to be left alone and will scratch at the door til you let them in. Cats are an enigma you can NEVER figure them out. At least I couldnt figure out mine.
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AHHHHHEMMMMMMMMMM JUST CLEARING MY THROAT!! ;)

Bilgepump's picture
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Miss Scat, that will come in handy one day, when you find yourself out of paper....that cat will do quite nicely....

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Miss Simone Scat's picture
k 500+ points

My female cat usually wants to sit on my lap while I am dropping brown babies. She knows I will not be moving for a bit and she has me to herself. She won't even let me read, she will paw at the book or magazine til I put it down. Then she commences with the smearing of drool on my hand and other loving gestures. I love that cat.
Producing waste since 1967

Producing waste since 1967

Anonymous Coward's picture

My cockapoo won't take a dump unless I walk him! I don't like this. I don't even think he makes pee-pees unless I walk him. He'll just sit right by the door and stare. Dangit! I don't have time to talk the dog around in my yard for 10 minutes while he smells who knows what and eats all the rabbit turds he can find. He won't take a dump but he'll eat a dump... Oh yeah, he also likes to follow me in the john while I take a dump but I do not enjoy an audience when there are loaves to pinch.

Anonymous Coward's picture

OMG Anonymous Coward 12-18-2006. Your story of your dog and three cats is hilarious!

Anonymous Coward's picture

LOL I came across this topic because I was searching for answers on this exact thing. My dog always comes in when I am peeing in the bathroom to see what I am doing. She'll even bust open the door if I don't close it all the way. She just stands there with a weird look on her face.

Anonymous Coward's picture

I have 3 cats and a dog....for gods sakes I cant even SNEAK into the bathroom its like a frickin alarm goes off in the fir station! The dogs the first and he must send out some signal that he smells it coming. The three cats come in of course they all have there stations and after a few seconds of bickering over the prime spots the show begins. Im expecting a rat to come out and sell popcorn here folks. OK so the youngest has this thing where he jumps in the bathtub behind the curtain waiting for a marbel sized balled up TP to be tossed in over the top of the curtain. If i dont he will cry behind the curtain and it breaks my rythmm. The middle age cat who doesnt get along with the dog just sits and stares at him from his perch. Did I mention the dog has a security ball he carries with him all the time and he must place this beetween my feet to effect some sort of harmonious balance. The oldest cat rubs against my legs gently tickling me behind the knees. So then it begins. The young cat in the tub leaves which the dog see's as an oppurtunity to eat his toy TP ball. this pisses off the older cat becuase the dogs a bull in a china shop. the middle cat runs just becuase the older ones hualing ass. So now its me and the dog. He will not leave untill I am finished in fact if theres something temping him to leave IE:food/company , If i say "I'm Done" he leaves but only if I have the TP in hand. Ive lied to him a couple times so now he wont leave till he hears the flush. Im thinking on flushing three times now just too see what happens next heh....

healthy 1's picture
j 1000+ points

I just got a cat who follows me into the bathroom all the time. The cat likes to watch me for some reason.
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Anonymous Coward's picture

My dog came in the bathroom whilst I was dropping a log, sniffed, and bit me. The bastard. He's just jealous.

healthy 1's picture
j 1000+ points

I think animals go into the bathroom for many reasons. One, the animal is attached to their owner. Two, the animal (especially dogs) feels that it is protecting the owner. And three, The animal is curious about what the owner is doing.
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Poonanza's picture
l 100+ points

He doesn't like them?

"all my chiahuahuas come in with me and then fight over who gets to sit in my underwear!"

That reminds me of when I had rats ^_^ I'd have clean clothes on a chair, they'd chill in it all day, and I'd have rat hairs poking me all over when I put it on. I was also at an, ahem, friend's house once, and her cat slept in my boxers. Itching all the way home. Didn't occur to me to remove them.

ron's picture

my dog a 2year old boxer when i have company he pisses right next to them why?

SHIRLE's picture

MY "SHIH TZU" IS 2 YEARS OLD & SHE HAS BEEN LIKE THIS SINCE SHE IS ABOUT 12 WEEKS OLD...THE MINUTE I GO TO THE LOO/WASHROOM SHE WILL SIT AT THE DOOR & WAIT FOR ME TO FINISH..BUT..SHE NEVER WALKS RIGHT INTO THE WASHROOM..SAME THING WHEN I HAVE A SHOWER...SHE ONLY SIT'S AT THE DOOR, MUST BE A "DOG THING" LOL, LOL

mott the poople's picture
l 100+ points

I think my dog likes to watch MY eyes bug out...nothing like a good grunt:](!)

Asphincter says WHAT...(!)

L Wrong Hubbard's picture
l 100+ points

Gee, that's funny. My 2 year old son also follows me into the bathroom. I think its because he likes to flush....
Happy trails,
L. Wrong
Chairman & CEO, PPK Industries

Happy trails,
L. Wrong
Chairman & CEO, PPK Industries

Fart Poopie's picture
j 1000+ points

Mickey would go with everyone. I can't say I remember him pooping on his own.

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