Stopping your dog from being jealous – Causes of jealousy
Dr. Christine Harris, Ph.D. in psychology at the University of California, USA, said that jealousy is very complex psychology. Normal animals cannot do it, but dogs can! She has done research on the jealousy of dogs. The research shows that dogs who are jealous are generally higher in IQ, and they usually just want to ensure a close relationship between themselves and their owners.
1. Resource protection
In the eyes of dogs, the owner is the most cherished and most precious resource. Suddenly there is a person or a dog, or even some strange things to divide the owner’s love for it, then it will definitely feel that its resources are threatened. After all, resource protection is the instinct of animals. So it will use all means to grab back the resources that originally belonged to it.
2. Competition between siblings
Dogs and their siblings will subconsciously compete for their mother when they are young, wanting more food or more love from their mother. When a dog is adopted by its owner, it may regard its owner as a mother, and consider our family or other dogs in the family as its siblings. If we pay more attention to family members or other dogs, the dogs will naturally be jealous and want to compete for the mother’s resources.
3. Emotional jealousy
Some people think that emotional jealousy is unique to humans. But dogs and our evolution are very close, and they may also be affected by humans and experience emotional jealousy. Therefore, the dog may become selfish about what it thinks is good for survival. It also hopes that it can feel protected, so it has emotional jealousy.
I saw a video on the Internet before that a dog was jealous of his siblings and couldn’t be touched by the owner. So it has been wailing next to it, biting its owner’s feet, and even distorting its expression with wide-open eyes, doing everything possible to attract the attention of its owner. Therefore, the most obvious manifestation of dog jealousy is to constantly attract the attention of the owner. Some dogs do not hesitate to do damage to attract the attention of their owners, such as drowning, jumping around on the furniture, or even running around the house like a madman.
If the owner brings a new partner or a new dog or cat home, it may also cause the dog to be jealous. At this time, it may lie between you and the “third party”, or force it to sit on the owner’s lap, and may become angry or even aggressive. If you are sitting with your dog and he starts barking at anyone approaching him, this is a sign of jealousy.
In some cases, the dog may start to feel insecure. It feels that it is being replaced, but it can hardly do anything about it. Therefore, it may leave the room and self-isolate to express its jealousy. If you find that the dog suddenly hides in a corner and is always gloomy, then think about whether you left him alone.
Of course, dogs are very smart. When they are jealous, they may come up with a lot of crazy ideas, and there will be many different behaviors. These behaviors are actually very easy for the shoveling officer to notice that dogs are jealous.
Dog jealousy can be controlled by training
The owner can help the dog to get rid of jealousy through regular training and practice.
1. Stop the jealous behavior of dogs
Training is very useful, it can help you establish your own leadership position in the dog’s life, every dog needs a leader. Once you have established your leadership in his life, your dog will obey all your instructions. If the dog is found to be jealous and commits bad behaviors such as demolition and drowning, or even growls or aggressive behavior, the owner should stop it immediately and let it know that this is not the owner’s favorite.
2. Don’t reward its jealous behavior
Although sometimes a jealous dog looks cute, the owner cannot give comfort. Otherwise, it will only make the dog have an illusion, as long as the mistake irritates you, it can get the attention it wants most. What the owner has to do is to ignore his jealousy and even leave the dog. This is an effective way to control the jealous dog, especially when it decides to do bad things to get your attention.
3. Let the dog get along with his jealous object
If there are new family members in the family, or a new pet appears to make the dog jealous, then the owner can try to let the dog contact them. For example, ask your partner to take the dog for a walk and interact with the dog. You can even use snacks to reward the dog to shorten the distance between them as soon as possible. If there are more babies in the house, the owner can let the dog smell the baby’s clothes or things and then give it a reward to keep it calm. Over time, the dog will associate the smell of the baby with happy and positive things like snacks.
If there are more new puppies in the house, the best way is to take them out to play. If the dog can play with the new dog peacefully, you can give them some snack rewards. This is a great way to learn to socialize and to train your jealous dog to accept new family members.