My Dog Jumps in the Shower With Me, What Do I Do?
You just want to take a nice shower, but your beloved four-legged friend keeps joining you — what is going on with that? Why does your dog want to shower with you? And what if they don’t want to get in the shower with you, but they get scared every time that you do?
Well, while it may seem very strange, all of these are actually quite normal things for dogs to be doing. And that means that there are also some well-known explanations for what’s going on, as well as proven ways to stop it from happening. So keep reading, and we’ll cover everything you need to know about your question “my dog jumps in the shower with me, what do I do?”
How Can I Stop My Dog from Jumping in the Shower With Me?
To stop your dog from jumping in the shower with you, start by slowly getting them to give you some distance. The next time you take a shower, place their bed or something like a towel that they can lay on in the bathroom with you. Give them a treat or a toy to keep them occupied. If you’re able, keep the curtain open a bit and peek out so they can see you periodically.
They’ll likely continue to have some issues but you should start making some progress this way. Once they’re doing better, again give them a treat or toy while you shower, only this time place them outside of the bathroom. Your dog should begin to develop positive associations with leaving you alone while you shower.
Still, you’ll need to address their fear and separation issues which have caused them to want to do things like jump in the shower with you. Let’s start by thinking about what really makes dogs tick in the first place. You’ve likely heard before that dogs are pack animals, and that in every pack there is a pack leader.
Well, a pack leader’s responsibilities include not just watching over and protecting the other members of the pack, but also instilling this confidence and strength in the other members. This makes the whole group more secure and safe at all times. Right now, your dog is not getting this from you.
But that’s okay because this is not only a common issue but also one that is fairly easily addressed. By showing your dog that you are not just their pack leader, but a capable and effective one, you’ll give them a feeling of confidence and security which will end their separation anxiety as well as all the other related behavioral problems you’re having.
“Sounds great, but how am I supposed to do that?”
I’d recommend an excellent free video series that’s on just this subject — how to be your dog’s pack leader — by a renowned trainer named Dan. In it, he’ll show you everything you need to know in ways that are very easy to understand and teach to your own dog, and he gets right to the point so that you’ll start seeing results in no time!
Start watching Dan’s free training series now by clicking here. And don’t worry, because everything is of course done in a 100% humane and loving manner at all times — not just because it’s the right thing to do but also because it’s the most effective and only way you should ever be training.
Is It Weird for My Dog to Shower With Me?
It’s not weird for your dog to shower with you. If the both of you enjoy it, then there’s nothing wrong with it. You just need to consider your dog’s motivations for being in the shower with you, as they could stem from something that you don’t want to encourage.
If your dog just enjoys the warm water and spending time with you, then it’s okay. But if your dog jumps in the shower with you because they get so stressed and anxious that they can’t bear the thought of being apart for even a few minutes, then you’ve got a potentially serious behavioral problem developing.
This would show that your dog is suffering from an extreme case of separation anxiety, which should be treated through behavioral training right away. Left unchecked, you’ll have related problems develop too (if they haven’t already) like crying when you leave the room, non-stop whining, or not being able to pee without you. We went over how to address this in the first section.
Why Does My Dog Like Showers?
Dogs like showers for many reasons, some of which are as simple as just liking the warm water. They also love the attention, though you have to be sure that it’s motivated by the right things. If it’s just because they enjoy your time that’s fine, but if they like showers because they can’t stand to be without you, then you have a problem.
This would be a sign that your dog is suffering greatly from separation anxiety. While it might seem sweet “that they love you so much,” this is something that’s actually awful for your dog to be experiencing. Without being treated, your dog will be anxious and worried at practically all times, often even when you’re around. Go back to the first section to find out how to handle this.
Why Does My Dog Get Scared When I Shower?
Your dog gets scared when you shower for a few possible reasons. One is that if your dog doesn’t enjoy taking baths themselves, then they likely feel like something is wrong when you’re having a shower. And they love you so much that they just want to rescue you from that evil water source!
Another very possible reason which is more serious is that your dog gets very stressed due to separation anxiety when you’re not around — even when you’re just in the shower. If they’re showing this kind of worry at other times when there’s even a little bit of distance between you two, then you can be sure this is the cause.
Continue to the next section where we’ll cover how you can help your dog get rid of these awful feelings for good using behavioral training. While medications for dogs experiencing separation anxiety do exist, lab studies have proven them to be very ineffective.
I’ll let you get started now so you can stop your dog from jumping in the shower with you and end all their other issues as well. Good luck with everything, and thank you for reading “My Dog Jumps in the Shower With Me, What Do I Do?”