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How to Stop a Dog from Walking Under Your Feet

Is your four-legged friend acting like a velcro dog, seemingly always attached to you and constantly getting in your way? Worried you’ll trip and hurt yourself or your dog? Of course, and why wouldn’t you be?

But the good news is that there’s a very clear explanation for what’s going on here, as well as a very easy-to-follow and proven solution. Keep reading to learn how to stop a dog from walking under your feet!

How Do I Stop My Dog from Walking Under My Feet?

How to Stop a Dog from Walking Under Your Feet

To stop your dog from walking under your feet, you can try the quick fix methods we mentioned earlier, but ultimately you need to address what’s really causing all of this in the first place: fear and separation anxiety.

When your dog attaches to you like this, they’re making it very clear that they are tremendously worried — and that you’re the only thing that comes close to easing their mind. But don’t think you can just train your dog not to walk under your feet and be done with it, because they’ll still be incredibly stressed if you don’t address their separation anxiety at its core.

Do so, and they’ll stop feeling the need to walk under your feet and you’ll also address other problems you’re likely having such as barking while you’re gone, tearing things up around the house, and being aggressive with strangers or other family members.

Let’s think about why your dog might be scared and worried whenever you’re not around. It’s because they love you so much, but they worry because they don’t know what’s happening while you’re gone and if you need them to protect you — or if you can even protect yourself at all.

Show them that you can handle things, and you’ll ease all their worries including separation anxiety. You’ve probably heard before that dogs are pack animals, and that in every pack there is a pack leader. Well, this is a great example of that playing out in real life.

Your dog worries about your ability to be a leader, which is what causes them so much stress when they’re not close to you. They feel like they need to be around you to make sure everything’s okay, and that you’re both safe and not in need of protection.

Let them see that you are their pack leader (and a capable one), and you’ll put all these fears about you and your ability to keep everyone safe — including them — to bed for good.

“Okay great, but how am I supposed to do that?”

I’d recommend an excellent free video series on just this subject — how to be your dog’s pack leader — by a renowned trainer named Dan which will cover everything you need to know. And no worries about being mean, because he does everything in a 100% humane and loving manner (of course).

Start watching Dan’s free training series now by clicking here. It’s no problem if you’ve never done anything like this before, because his videos are made exactly for people like you. He makes everything very easy to understand and teach to your own dog, and he gets right to the point so you’ll start seeing results before you know it!

Why Does My Dog Get Under My Feet?

Your dog gets under your feet because they are feeling fearful and are in need of some reassurance. Being close to you gives them the security they need to feel calm.

Something may have happened to make your dog anxious, like a scary noise or an odd scent (remember, they can smell up to 100,000 times better than we can), or it may also just be a general sense of uneasiness and worry that they are always carrying with them.

The affection they may show you while doing so, such as rubbing up against your legs or feet as a cat might, is part of them showing their appreciation to you (also of being too attached) because they get very worried when you’re not around.

Go back to the first section to learn how to handle this problem for good.

How Do I Train My Dog Not to Be Underfoot When Walking?

To train your dog not to be underfoot when walking, you should work on leash training with them. They may also have a behavioral issue of being too fearful, which you should address.

To get your dog to not be underfoot while walking, use these steps:

  1. Move your dog out from under your feet while calmly saying “no.”
  2. With them at your side, begin walking in the direction you choose.
  3. Stop and step away while calmly saying no if they again try to get underfoot.
  4. Continue on again, giving them praise when they are doing well.
  5. If you notice something in the direction you are heading which is causing them stress (like a stranger or another dog), choose another direction to walk. This means your dog’s walking underfoot issue is fear-related, which you’ll need to address before worrying about leash training. Go back to the first section to read about that.
  6. Ensure anyone else who walks the dog is following these steps as well.
  7. Be patient and give them praise when they do well.

As long as your dog is getting underfoot for reasons not related to fear (such as overexcitement, just wanting to show affection, etc), then they’ll learn fairly quickly. Just be consistent and patient and they’ll get there soon enough.

How to Stop My Dog from Getting Under My Feet at Home

To stop your dog from getting under your feet at home, you should calmly but firmly tell your dog “no” and push them away gently with your leg. Continue to do so when they attempt to get back underfoot. Be patient, as your dog is only doing this because they are stressed and experiencing separation anxiety.

You don’t want to be too harsh with them when they’re experiencing stress, or you could just make the problem escalate. This should help to stop your dog from getting under your feet at home, but you’ll still need to address their separation anxiety or the issue will only get worse.

While you work on handling their separation anxiety and worries (go back to the first section), you can also help them in the meantime by giving them a safe spot near where you commonly are at home. For instance, if your dog goes under your feet in the kitchen while you’re cooking often, place a small pillow for them somewhere out of your way but still close.

I’m sure you’re eager to see these changes in your dog, so I’ll let you get started. Remember the quick fix steps you learned on how to stop a dog from walking under your feet, as well as how to fix it at its root, and you’ll have everything taken care of in no time! Good luck!