So much for anthropomorphism – scientists are now saying that dogs really do
get jealous, which opens up the door to questions about what dog owners can do to keep the Green Monster from ruining their pooches’ moods.The new study
, conducted at the University of California, San Diego, and published in PLOS ONE
, revealed that dogs exhibited jealous behavior when their owners played with animatronic puppies. Not so strange, right? The strange thing is that the dogs didn’t exhibit similar behavior when their owners gave attention to other objects that weren’t robot dogs
.So what can we do to avoid a jealous fit from Fido, aside from not cuddling with every puppy that wanders in off the street?1. Dog Walks
This almost goes without saying, but if you want your dog to know she’s the only canine for you then you can always spend a little more time with her.But, what about the dog park, you ask? That’s actually a good question. The study suggests that if you let your dog off the leash
to do all the playing and you keep your hands to yourself then everything should be cool.2. Dog Travel
Another way around the dog park, so to speak, is to take your pooch on a trip – just the two of you. (Cue the Bill Withers classic.) There’s nothing like driving down the coast with your best friend in the passenger seat, tongue lolling out the window as he tries to get a mouthful of salty ocean air.Don’t live on the coast? Well, that’s okay, because your dog really doesn’t care.
"Do I look like I care? Now, mush."3. Dog ToysHypothetical corollary:
If dogs can get jealous, it stands to reason that they can also be placated with gifts. This is admittedly a bad way to treat people, but if it works on dogs then so much the better. So, if you bring home a new puppy from the pound, you may want to think about stopping by the pet store on your back to pick up something nice
for the dog-in-residence.Combine these three tips with more cuddles and plenty of belly scratches and your pawed pal will be less inclined to give you the stink-eye when you ruffle the ears of that new neighbor dog.