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Your Jealous Dog

Does your London dog tend to get jealous easily? Perhaps your pooch tries to interrupt your cuddle time with your loved one, or will chase the cat off if Fluffy is getting attention. Jealousy in dogs is fairly common, it seems. Many pet owners report that their pooches tend to get a bit green-eyed when their humans are paying attention to others.

With the aid of modern technology, scientists are learning more each year about our canine friends and how they think. While there are no definitive studies that prove your four-legged buddy is prone to jealousy, one recent study does indicate that, yes, Fido is the jealous type. The study monitored the reactions of 36 dogs when the dogs’ owners ignored them and instead paid attention to stuffed animals and jack o’ lanterns. The dogs tried to get in between their owners and the stuffed animals, and some of them even barked or whined. The pups weren’t quite as jealous of the plastic pumpkins, but many still reacted.

Sound familiar?

Fido’s jealous streak may come out in other ways as well. You might notice your pooch guarding his favorite toy, for instance. Your pup may be adorable when he tries to interrupt a snuggle or tries to get you to pet him instead of the cat, but at the end of the day, Fido’s jealousy can lead to bad habits.

Dogs have long been our protectors. We have trusted them to guard our property, our livestock, and even our lives for a very long time. Sometimes, however, there is a fine line between being protective and being possessive, and your pup may not know the difference. Jealousy can turn into aggression, with some dogs. Other dogs can withdraw or become depressed if they feel that something – or someone – else is taking their human’s attention away from them.

If your dog is showing signs of jealousy, keep a close eye on Fido’s behavior. If he is mainly expressing his jealousy through sad eyes and an occasional nudge, then your buddy probably just wants a bit more attention, but if he tries to get between you and someone else, or acts aggressively, then you may want to spend a bit of time training him to accept the rest of your pack. You’ll want to make sure to keep him on a routine, and carve out some quality time with him. Reward appropriate behavior with treats, praise, and petting.

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