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dog jealousy

Because there have been no studies on dogs before this one, the researcher adapted a test for six month old human infants...

Razzle tends to be very jealous. I think Stella gets jealous too but she implodes while Razzle explodes.

Yesterday's scary episode was jealousy. But he does other stuff like when I was grooming Stella the other night he squeezed onto my lap between me and Stella.
He has gotten better (and I have gotten better at juggling them) about pushing her out of the way when we are working at home or going to nip or nose punch her when I am giving her a reward--but he still sort of does it.
He also clearly loves her. He's pretty affectionate to her.
When Stella gets jealous she tends to retreat. She'll go to another room or go get her Ellie and ask to go out back. Only once when I was grooming (flea combing) Razzle did she try to climb into my lap too..,


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Feb. 10th, 2015 08:19 pm (UTC)
I think this is pretty true to life. But I think even ONLY dogs have this need to "vie for attention" I remember it very well with Ruben. If he didn't think what you were doing was "worthy" of your time, he have you do something else.

Rumble grumbles at me when I'm on the computer. He's not jealous of the computer (I'm guessing) he just thinks I'm wasting perfectly good time I could be spending on HIM! Same with Razor and sleeping...
"Why you still sleeping??? Let's go for a walk!!... Wah? it's 5 a.m.? SOOOO????"
Feb. 10th, 2015 09:31 pm (UTC)
I think jealousy in dogs is often resource guarding. Some dogs are worse than others. But then I guess the other question is, is jealously in humans actually resource guarding? Same thing, just a different name? Do the dogs that don't resource guard as much have more confidence, or a more secure feeling, about their resources? Hmm... easy to over-analyse, I guess. :-)
Feb. 12th, 2015 01:18 am (UTC)
ha! yes, jealousy is resource guarding!!! puts a whole new perspective on it
Feb. 10th, 2015 10:27 pm (UTC)
Matilda is jealous when I go out to play with Joey. She barks and barks. Joey is jealous of my playtime with Matilda, too, and when I do peanut work or stretches with her, he wants to be part of that as well.
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