Dogs are social animals that live in packs and become very attached to their owners. They consider their owners as their family and they have emotions, too.
According to scientists, the emotions are split into primary and secondary. Primary emotions are fear, anger, disgust, joy, surprise and are considered as being universal. Secondary emotions are guilt, shame, jealousy, envy and they involve complex cognitive processes. Secondary emotions require self-awareness and are triggered by social interactions. The scientist have discovered that both expressions of love and jealousy involve the same hormone, oxytocin.
Studies have revealed that jealousy and envy in dogs are not as complex as it is in human beings. Furthermore, studies showed that dogs are sensitive to fairness. That means that it is important for them if everyone is rewarded for their efforts. They do not showed sensitivity to equity. In fact, they are not interested if the rewards are equal or not.
Food and companionship are crucial for dogs’ survival. That’s why they are affected if their owners make other friends and start to ignore them. This attitude makes them mad and jealous. If they feel their owners ignore them or have another best friends, they can turn into a real volcano.
If you have a dog, it is essential to understand him before judging his reactions. Watch him carefully to see his reactions at the major events that happened in your home. He can become whiny and attention-seeking if a new love interest appears in your life. If it is about a new dog, he may become aggressive or unfriendly. If it is about your routine change, you may notice he still respects it and try to make you aware of the old schedule.
It is recommended to play with him and notice his behavior and his body language. He will be the happiest to receive your full attention. Pay attention to his reactions and notice when he feels amazing. Generally, happy dogs are wagging their tails and have an alert expression.
Also, watch him while he is on his own to get an idea of what he behaves when is unstimulated. His behavior depends on his breed and his own personality. Generally, dogs return to sleeping, playing with a toy or grooming themselves when they are on their own.
You should also watch your dog’s reactions to specific factors. It is possible that your dog becomes jealous on a person with whom you spent your time. You can test his reaction by inviting that person to stand next to you. If your dog attempt to get your attention, he will start to bark, whine, meaning he is jealous.
If your dog is chewing his own fur, doesn’t eat and hides away, he is probably distressed because of his jealousy.
Watch your dog when you show him attention while he is acting jealously. If he relaxes and becomes joyful and happier, it is clear that he is jealous. It is recommended to not encourage his behavior by giving him attention when he acts out. He has to know that you are the leader and you make the rules.
You have to experience and learn how to handle a well-balanced relation with your pet. That involves shaping a happy relationship for both of you. Do not forget to show your dog affection and make him understand he is loved and appreciated.