Have you noticed your pup behaving in a way that suggests jealousy? You may observe this when you attempt to pet another dog, and your furry pal suddenly shoves his way in front of you.
Just like humans, dogs can feel envious because they get attached to people. What you’ll most likely see in a jealous dog is an assertive or rude behaviour, like pushing other pets out of the way. This is a situation wherein your pet is competing with another being – a human, dog, or cat – for something he wants.
Regardless of how your pet acts towards jealousy, this is a type of behaviour that can become unhealthy if ignored. To prevent your pup from hurting other pets, here are three ways to help your dog overcome jealousy that are recommended by a trusted Dubai pet food company.
1. Conduct regular training
If you’re already certain that your dog is clingy and acts jealous towards another pet in the house, you will have to prepare him psychologically. Regular training is crucial to help your pup get rid of his jealous emotions.
At the very least, spend 30 minutes each day training your dog to follow these three basic commands:
- Bring a treat close to your pup’s nose.
- Move your hand up, then allow your dog’s head to follow the treat. This will cause him to lower his bottom.
- Once your dog is in a sitting position, say the command word “Sit” and give him the treat.
- Repeat the sequence several times until your dog learns to master it. Ask your pup to sit before and during circumstances when you want him to remain calm and seated.
- Your dog first needs to be an expert of the “Sit” command before you attempt to teach this one.
- First, ask your pup to sit. Next, open the palm of your hand in front of him and say “Stay.”
- Take several steps back and if your pup stays, reward him with a treat and some affection.
- Before giving the treat, you can gradually increase the number of steps you take.
- Even if it’s just for a few seconds, always reward your dog for staying put.
- Place a leash and collar on your pup.
- Go down to your dog’s level and say “Come” while gently pulling his leash.
- Once your dog follows your command, don’t forget to reward him with some affection and a treat.
- Remove the leash as soon as your dog mastered the command, then practice again in a safe and enclosed area.
When training your dog, remember not to rush the process and prepare the proper dog accessories. You’re asking a lot from an animal who can’t speak your language. It may take a while for your dog to master it, but with constant practice, rewards, and affection, your dog will get it in time.
Dog training is an exercise in self-control. This will establish your leadership position in your pup’s life. Once you establish yourself as an alpha, your dog will obey your command and this will help you manage situations involving jealousy easily.
2. Help your dog and the object of jealousy get along
You need to figure out the possible reason why your dog feels insecure and is exhibiting signs of jealousy. Whether it’s the presence of a new cat, dog, or a baby, you will need to involve them in the training process.
You can try the following:
- When taking your jealous dog out for a walk, you can have your new puppy tag along. This is a great way to train and socialize your jealous pal to embrace the new addition to your family.
- Let your jealous dog stay when the baby is taking a nap in his cot. Make sure you’re around when doing this as you don’t want your dog getting frightened over your baby’s loud cries. Letting your dog watch over the baby will make him feel involved and important.
3. Avoid giving rewards to bad behaviour
As much as it’s encouraged to use positive reinforcement, you should not reward a jealous canine for his bad behaviour. Similar to how kids test your patience by intentionally grabbing your attention by doing bad deeds, your jealous dog may do so, too. This might give your pup the idea that he is allowed to irritate you just because he wants to get your attention.
You can ignore your dog’s bouts of jealousy by walking out of the room. This is a useful technique in teaching your pup to keep his jealousy under control, especially when he tries to misbehave to get your attention.
In a Nutshell
As a pet parent, you need to be very keen on recognising signs indicating that your furry pal is becoming jealous as well as obsessive. Once you notice your dog becoming aggressive or misbehaving to get your attention, you need to take appropriate actions to correct his bad behaviour.
Use the three ways above to manage your dog’s unwanted jealousy and to keep him mentally healthy. This will help you avoid unpleasant situations down the line so that you can continue living a happy life with your pet. Keep in mind that your dog only wants to feel loved, and the least you can do is help him understand that he’s not being left out.
Farah Al-Khojai is the Managing Partner of Pet’s Delight. A passionate entrepreneur, Farah holds a Bsc in Government from the London School of Economics. She is always on the lookout for new opportunities to develop and grow the pet and equestrian retail and wholesale market in the UAE and beyond, and is proud to be at the helm of the first and the largest pet care provider in the market representing world-class brands including Orijen, Applaws, Hunter, Savic, Flamingo, Ruffwear and Rogz.