Dogs are highly emotional and receptive animals. Recent studies have shown that dogs do, in fact, feel a sense of envy. You may have noticed your dog whimpering when you’re embracing a loved one. Or, you may see your dog attempt to push away another dog you are giving attention to. More aggressive signs of jealousy are common as well. Some breeds tend to growl at new dog visitors in their home. While dogs are territorial by nature, you must not allow aggressive forms of communication in your dog. This is why we have come up with some tips and tricks to ensure your pup doesn’t feel like they have to fight for your affections!
Doggy jealousy can be sparked by more than just unwelcomed furry guests. Sometimes, the agitation and aggression of your dog is from a change in their routine. This could be the introduction of a new schedule, new pets in the home, the arrival of a baby, or even a house move. Like humans, dogs experience stress too, and can misdirect pent up emotion. It is important to have a solid training course for your dog, to ensure that behaviors like ‘go to your crate/bed’ are enforced. Your leadership must stay consistent, even when other things in you or your pup’s life are not.
Doggy discipline can only be maintained if you can discipline yourself! You may have accidentally ‘okayed’ jealous behavior by rewarding him/her with attention to calm down. While a petting or cuddle may seem like the perfect way to ease jealousy, it can actually be seen as a reward in your dog’s eyes. You must know when to leave the room and ignore your dog’s jealous behavior, so they have a clear understanding of what is right and wrong.
Baby on board
Owning a dog with a baby on the way is a sensitive situation. Dogs find it hard to understand why their beloved parent is suddenly giving their attention to a smaller, crying, unfluffy creature. Professional dog training techniques encourage desensitizing games. A good place to start is to allow your dog to smell a small clothing item of your baby. Reward your dog with treats for remaining calm while doing so. It is crucial that you do not leave your dog with your child unsupervised for the early stages. Put a leash on your pup first, so you can control the interaction and make sure the environment is calm for all parties involved.
So, it is true. Dogs really do get jealous and for the most part it is just part of their nature—much like it is a part of ours. However, remember to keep an eye out for more aggressive jealous behaviors such as loud barking or biting. Don’t be afraid to get professional help! This doesn’t make you a bad doggy parent. Puppy jealousy comes from their tremendous love for you, not from your inability to raise a good dog!