Do dogs get jealous?

Philippines
May 25, 2011 9:12am CST
Do dogs get jealous? My 9 years old is acting out, because we have a new puppy in the house.
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@JoyfulOne (6243)
• United States
25 May 11
Yes, dogs get jealous. Dogs are 'pack' animals, think of your home and family as their 'pack.' There is always an alpha, and that is the top dog in the pecking order. In my house, I'm alpha, and my dog knows that family is next in pack order, then her, then the youngest dog. When introducing a new dog into the household, they will always be at the bottom of the pack. When training dogs for friends and family, I always teach them that the dog that was there first is higher up in the pack order, and must be given the respect due. That means, when I come home, she is the first one I pet, the first one that gets a treat or bone, etc. If we don't give the respect to pack order, then that is when jealousy arises. I have no jealousy problems, and the older dog does its pack duties by protecting the younger dog, and will actually go to the younger one and take a mouthful of food and drop it in front of the younger one. If you have this book at your library, check out Barbara Woodhouse's "Dog Training My Way" or her book "No Bad Dogs." While they are older books, they are the best dog training books I have ever read, and definitely worth the time to read them:-)
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@MsTickle (24966)
• Australia
6 Jun 11
Of course dogs get jealous. I think you have stated the facts here extremely well and I hope the original poster heeds your words. Thanks for the well informed response.
@lajonez (478)
• Poland
25 May 11
yes dogs are very jealous, our dog was even jealous when me and my husband was touching each other :D then he wanted all attention you should be carefull with your puppy
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• Philippines
25 May 11
You have a possessive dog hehehe, my Sibaa just get jealous with the new puppy, but when it comes to my husband she's ok with it. Yes I agree dogs wants all the attention. I' am actually, Sacha sleeps in our room, since he's still a puppy I couldn't take the risk of letting him sleep outside with Sibaa. have a great day ahead..
• Philippines
25 May 11
Aw, so cute. It could be now that he has your attention shared with the new puppy.
• Philippines
25 May 11
:) cute and funny actually, just this morning my puppy his name is Sacha peed, then Sibaa my older dog peed also just beside the space where Sacha peed, then right after peeing Sibba held her face high as if telling Sacha look my pee is much voluminous than your pee.
• Philippines
27 May 11
Ahaha. I smell competition! Trust me, they're also like humans cos we tend to compete one way or another and experience it once or more in our lives. Do lots of activities with them together and never let them feel like you highly praise one over the other. Their names are cute, by the way. Send my kisses to them! :-* haha See you around!
@tonyllenium (6267)
• Italy
26 Dec 12
probably yes dogs can be jelous as many pets when arrive a new one and so all the people gave attentions to the new pet and may be dog or other pet can be jelous because normal attitudes and attention were all on him/her before!!
@aerous (13475)
• Philippines
6 Jun 11
I think they are jealous but we can't see how they get jealous. They have mind and understand something...when we don't they don't do it...
@nezavisima (7419)
• Bulgaria
28 May 11
Do dogs like humans.They are also jealous and want attention and flattery. A little more care to not feel that threatened.However, the dog keeps its territory from the other side so guests react so.Can over time things will be clarified. nice day!
@trisha27 (3505)
• United States
28 May 11
Yes dogs do get jealous. You should spend equal amount of time with both dogs and let your other dog know that you still love them. I have a mixed chihuahua and he gets jealous too. Like when my husband and I hug and kiss he gets all jealous and jumps on us cause he wants attention too. Even when someone comes to our door or if I am outside and someone tells me hello and I say hello back he gets jealous. I think that they want attention too and feel like they are being ignored.
• United States
27 May 11
I think dogs do get jealous of other "new" dogs coming into the house. My grandmother had to take my dog because my son and I were allergic to it. She already had a dog that's about 12 years old and when she brought our puppy into her home the older dog was a bit jealous. My grandmother just tries to show them both attention and spends time with them both.
• United States
26 May 11
All I know is my dog and my cat push each other aside to get the best scratching, food bits, or even wanting the attention of scolding. Once had a pug that hated our new baby after it managed to send a wet stream over the side of a pram and into the dog's face. I kept smelling urine in the baby's room, but could not figure out where it was. The female dog had actually managed to pee down each of the four legs of the crib. We moved not too long after his birth and when we moved, we ripped up the carpet to put in new for the landlord. We ended up having the floors completely redone to remove the smell. Yes, dogs can get jealous. They can also be taught that the baby is an alpha animal to be respected as long as the baby is taught to be gentle with the dog.
• United States
26 May 11
I d believe dogs do get jealous. I think pets in general can get jealous. The tend to act so much like kids.
• Canada
26 May 11
mine sure do get jealous of each other and my cat. my one dog even gets jealous when I try to talk on the phone sometimes.
@Arkine (216)
• United States
25 May 11
Yes, there have been many studies done and the conclusion that they came up with is that dogs not only can get jealous, but they also have a sense of "fairness". As in, they realize when they are not being treated the same as the other dog. Try to keep rewards (praise, playing, attention) and punishments equal between the two and the older dog should settle down after a while.
@besthope44 (12146)
• India
25 May 11
Hi abmacasinag, I love sibaa dogs, such cute ones they are. Yeah dogs are little possessive as they love their owners like a kid. My samoyed is same too, i got recently a new pup, he hates that to the core and push him down. They are same like kids, but dont worry as they grow up, they will be close to each other as like siblings.
@allknowing (55123)
• India
25 May 11
It is not easy to interpret their behaviour. They do get intimidated to see a new entry and my experience is that with time their behaviour changes and they become friendly. There is a role the master has to play here until such time the bigger dog accepts his new friend.
@swtpareek (651)
• United States
25 May 11
That sounds such a sweet things to do.. :) Well I guess your dog might be jealous. I have never owned a dog myself but I have heard my friends share some stories about their dogs and their behavior and one of them was a similar one so I guess you need to pay more attention to that pampered one.
@msmamaof3 (244)
• United States
25 May 11
Yes, I think that dogs will get jealous. From what I understand, they're extremely territorial and if your dog was used to being the only dog in the house, then yes I think he's jealous.