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Jealous Doggie children?

Today we want to know: Does your doggie get jealous?


Who has noticed their fur-child getting rather upset when you give attention to another dog? If your answer is yes, then you are not alone. Our four-legged kids do get possessive over us hoomans and they do not hide those feelings!

As we learned, a recent survey has shown that more than 80% of dog parents reported jealous behavior from their dogs, when there was some admiration shared with another dog. These signs often included vocalizations (you, know – BARKING BIG TIME), agitated behavior (JUMPIES ANYPAWDY?) or pulling on their leash. And sometimes, our kids even try to attack the other dog, which can be really distressing for the owners. And this is even more interesting: Research published in the journal Psychological Science found that dogs even exhibit jealous behaviors when they merely imagine that their hooman is interacting with a potential rival, in this case the study had used a highly realistic artificial dog.

WOW. Now when that’s not through LOVE, what is?

Dogs appear to be one of the few species that display jealous behaviors, similar to a human child, showing jealousy when their mother gives affection to another child. In humans, jealousy is actually closely linked with self-awareness. Which makes us wonder. Maybe dogs are more human than we ever thought. ( But then, I think I KNEW IT ALL ALONG…)

To test how and when dogs get jealous, researchers put 18 dogs into situations where they could imagine a social interaction between their hooman and either a very realistic fake dog or a fleece cylinder.

In the experiment the dogs watched the plush toy-dog ‘sitting’ down next their owner. A barrier was then placed between the dogs and the toy-dogs, obscuring their view. And yet, despite blocking the line of sight, the dogs forcefully attempted to reach their owners when they appeared to stroke and whisper sweet sounds to the fake dogs behind the barrier. However, in the following experiment using a fleece cylinder rather than a fake dog, the dogs pulled far less on the lead, as if they knew that the cylinder was no rival.

The study proved three human-like signatures of jealous behavior. Jealous behavior emerged only when the dog’s owner interacted with a perceived social rival and not an inanimate object, occurred as a consequence of that interaction and not due to a potential rival’s presence and happened even for an out-of-sight interaction between their hooman and the social rival.


So dear hoomas. Now that you know how much we care and LOVE you, please stop giving attention to other kids.


Woooooof, your Cooka

"a dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself"
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