Most behaviorists agree that most jealous dog starts with resource guarding in one form or another. Your home is the place they get their food, water, exercise and toys from. If a new person or animal enters the scene, something in their primal brain tells your dog it might take away these much-loved resources.
It’s important to realize the signs and symptoms of Resource Guarding.
You might see them gather their toys and hide them when the object of envy is around or act strangely around their feeding area. Sometimes, jealous dogs pulled hard on their leash when the owners appeared to stroke other pets or dogs. No matter, a jealous dog will let you know when something is wrong.
Let it be new pets or how you are spending time with a new love interest, in many cases, your pooch will display aggression towards the object of their envy. This aggressive behavior can be shown in a multitude of ways; Whether it’s in the form of biting, barking, nipping or jumping, you need to let them know it’s unacceptable without displaying aggression yourself.
It’s important to understand the pooch has nothing personal against the pet or person; it’s not that they don’t like them. They’re just afraid this visitor may threaten their position in the home.
What Causes Dogs to Feel Jealous?
If dogs feel jealous, it could be for a variety of reasons.
One reason your dog may display signs of jealousy is a change in routine. This means that your dog may be feeling abandoned or neglected because of a change in when and how often the two of you interact.
Dogs might also feel jealous if they receive attention from one person but not another, like getting petted by someone else while their owner is out with them for a walk.
Your dog may also feel jealous if it doesn’t receive enough exercise or attention. For example, if you don’t take your dog on a walk regularly, the lack of exercise may make your pet restless and act out.
The more you ignore their bad behavior, the worse it will get!
Introducing a new pet may leave your dog feeling jealous.
The best way to avoid jealousy in your pet is to make sure that you’re giving it enough love, exercise, attention and interaction, even if you have another pet at home.