How do i keep my dog from getting jealous when i pet other dogs?

September 6, 2010 12:48am CST
Our yard is connected to our neighbors and our to dogs play all the time. I've noticed that when i pet the other dog mine will growl a little and just today when i was petting the other one they started fighting. What should i do?
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@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
12 Sep 10
Good point. I experience this regularly. Especially at the dog park. I have noticed that the jealousy will occur even with other animals such as cats and birds and even rodents. I ignore my girl when she exhibits jealous behavior and instead make an effort to include her in the greeting(s). I usually allow her to make the initaial "hello". I talk to her a lot when we are being approached by another dog, say in the dog park. I tell her "puppy dog". Since she loves little kids and babies, I may add "baby, come see the baby". I let her greet the dog first. If I approach the stranger myself, crouching down to my Yorkies level, I will talk to her, telling her "nice poppy dog". I also use the word friends, because she understand the word to imply that it is safe to approach and be her friendly self. This usually works. For me it is about including my girl in the interaction. If she wants to go off sniffing or whatever, at something else entirely, so be it. Sometimes she will hang out with me when I am greeting another dog and want to play. I am not sure if she does this because she likes one particular dog better than another or if she is just feeling more playful at that very moment. None the less, I find that for my dog, it is important that she is always treated as number one in a situation where there are other dogs involved, that I myself may interact with. It is very important to include her, as if it is her interaction and that I am simply a mediator. There was a time that I wanted to get another small dog, like the one I already have but my girl is number one in my life and without her say so, I am sure that she would prefer that things remain that way. Therefore visiting the occasional dog is usually acceptable. When we go to visit her cousin, the Russel Jack (my brothers dog), I include my girl in the pats and belly rubs as well as having them both sit nicely as they get a treat. Never do I pet one without petting the other. Including your dog in the interaction is the key I believe.
• Canada
7 Sep 10
This will take time. Have your dog and the other dog on each side of u. then pet your dog first, when your dog sees that the other dog is no threat they will get along. With a fence between, animosity grows. Come on you know dogs aren't smart enough to be jealous, just ask all the experts, they will tell u.
@sjlskl (3384)
• Singapore
6 Sep 10
Inevitable thing here. Just make sure you pet your dog more often than you pet others.
@o0jopak0o (6406)
• Philippines
6 Sep 10
well one of my dogs just gets used to it but there are times when my dog will act up because of this. but its generally peaceful. maybe you should try petting them at the same time.
@inu1711 (5288)
• Romania
6 Sep 10
There is a hierarchy established between your dog and your neighbour's dog. And your dog comes first in this hierarchy. You should better pet your dog first, and then you may pet the other dog. Yet, you should be able to stop him from attacking the other dog, as you are the leader and he must obey your commands without exception.
• United States
6 Sep 10
There really is no way to stop that. It's instinct. The only thing you can do is just try to stay away from other dogs.
@yogeshdhusa (2237)
• India
6 Sep 10
Hi ! sauravshrm a very sensitive issue what you could do is pet your dog first and then pet the neighbors dog so there may be no fighting.Your dog might also get jealous when you talk to kids around you so take care
• Philippines
6 Sep 10
You really can't avoid some animals' normal behavior. Dogs do feel jealous quickly when the owner is giving attention to other animals. I think, you should try to pet them at the same time. So that your dog won't feel even a bit of jealous.