For those that have been there before, having a jealous dog is a very hard-hitting experience. You don’t get to welcome people or pets into the house without hearing a growl.
Also, it is almost impossible to give some of your attention to other pets. For inexperienced dog owners, having a jealous dog is simply something you can’t control. So it is important to know the jealous breeds before you welcome one into your life. As recent dog behavioral research indicates, after tens of years from when the first wild dog was domesticated, humans are still learning how these pets are evolving throughout the years.
So, what is the most jealous dog breed?
French Bulldogs are the most jealous dog breed above all other popular household dog breeds. Seriously, the French bulldog is said to be the most shamelessly jealous dog breed you can own after Chihuahua.
According to a recent survey, French bulldog owners shared candidly how this breed, is so jealous that it tends to bark aggressively when someone is coming your way, guard their owners even when in the toilet, but also get between husband and wife curled up on a sofa set let alone entertaining strangers who show up on the doorstep.
French bulldogs do not have a problem with following you everywhere you might go. On top of that, the French bulldog gets angry when you hold other dogs or when you carry your own baby.
Studies have traced this behavior to the fact that this breed suffers from an intense separation anxiety.
On the other hand, Bulldogs are also true companion dogs that you can rely on. And sometimes, the jealousy is simply caused by boredom. With the right training, your dog can learn to co-exist with other dogs and humans at an early age.
According to studies that were psychologists performed on the behavior of dogs, it was proven that dogs do indeed develop jealousy.
But, how do you know if your dog is jealous?
Here are some of the behavior changes you will notice if your dog is jealous.
- Once you hug a family member or when you hold another dog, your dog starts to whine.
- When another dog or a family member walks by, your dog growls
- When you are giving your attention to one dog, the other dog pushes out of the way.
Does any of this sound familiar? If it does, then you are dealing with a jealous dog.
And if this is the case, you have come to the right place. Here, we will talk about how the jealous behavior is caused and how we can tackle it in order to restore a balance into your home.
What Causes Dog Jealousy
Naturally, dogs want their share of the attention, food, and other good things you provide. However, when your dog starts acting jealous, it generally means that some changes have happened around the home. As such, you have to take some time to look into it.
These are some of the changes around the home that can trigger the jealousy in your dog.
1- New schedule
If you have a new work schedule that is keeping you away, especially more than your dog is used to, he might feel overprotective.
2- New home and neighborhood
Moving to a new home is one of the most stressful things that your dog can go through. The dog will become jealous simply because he isn’t used to the new home, but only used to you. So, he will naturally want to keep you to himself.
3- New primary caregiver
Do you have someone else taking care of your dog? If you do, your dog might start becoming jealous
4- New pets in the home
Introducing new pets in the home is rough for your dog, especially if he is used to having you all to himself. Since you have new pets, you dog won’t like the idea of sharing you with the new pets.
5- A new baby or child
Once you have a baby, a lot of your attention is automatically directed to tat baby, and while everyone else might understand this, your dog probably won’t- at least for a while.
How can you help your dog?
The jealous behavior can be a little overwhelming. It can be hard for you to share your attention to the other pets that you may have. Also, it will be a lot harder for your friends to visit your place.
So, you will be glad to know that this behavior can be minimized. There are couple of steps that you can follow.
1 Regular training
The good thing about the behavior is that it can be trained out of your dog. So, you might want to dust off the pouch treat and get your dog enrolled in your very own training sessions. The training should only last an average of 20 minutes per session.
During training, you should reinforce positive behaviors such as “leave it” and “go to your rug/crate” As they will help to establish your leadership and show your dog who’s the boss.
2 Involve the object of jealousy in your regular training practice
As we mentioned before, you have to assess what has started the jealous behavior in the first place. Is it a family member?
If so, use that during the training. In this case, have the new family member tag along on walks, meals, and during playtime.
While you are at it, don’t to award your dog for good behavior. Conversely, ensure that every treat, pet, and meal comes at the cost of some calm, obedient behavior. Sooner or later, your dog will be used to having the new family member around.
Territorial Behavior in Dogs
It’s normal for dogs to guard resources that matter the most to them, such as toys, chews, a favorite treat, or a favorite person. The problem becomes when this instinct escalates to aggressive behavior.
Training a territorial dog requires removing triggers where possible—such as not bringing toys to the dog park. It’s also important to establish that “the good stuff” comes from you, and when you get the desired behavior.
For instance, require your dog to “sit” before you reward him by putting the leash on to take a walk, or sustain a “down” command for a few minutes before being released to eat his dinner.
Taking Care of the relationship between you and your dog
Some jealous dogs, especially the French bulldog can really make you feel overwhelmed with its jealous behavior.
If you feel that the problem is serious, always remember that you are not alone, and you are certainly not the first person that is going through what you are going through. So make sure that you train your dog.
Here’s what you should do:
1 One at a time
If the jealous behavior is new, it may not be as serious. But, if the problem has been around for a while, it is obvious that your dog’s behavior has reached its peak, surpassing all the secondary stages.
If you feel overwhelmed to handle the full problem at once (which you probably won’t), then focus on one problem at a time.
2) Manage the behavior
When it comes to managing behavior in dogs, there are generally 3 things involved, which are containment, and of course resource management.
Other practices that you can implement in order to control the habit are daily exercise and separation with crates. On top of this, make sure the humans in the house are always in charge of high-value resources.
3) Handle everything’ calmly
When dealing with a jealous dog, always be calm. Dogs are natural experts in tone and facial expression and they will likely notice any mood changes in you.
If you remain calm, you might positively influence them to be calm as well. Also, by giving yourself permission to share your life with your dog, you’ll reduce your anxiety and stress, which will lower your dog’s anxiety and stress in the long run.
4) Consider Getting Help
When you feel like you can’t control you dog by yourself, never be hesitant about calling for help. Here, you should consider calling a behavior specialist to tackle the problem if the jealousy isn’t stopping. You can also, work with a trainer
In addition to that, you should give your dog some quality time with a trusted pet sitter even when you can’t be around. If you have a new baby, or you have added new pets into the family, a pet sitter will help to take away that stress that will come from your dog’s jealous behavior.
Also, consider going on walks with another dog to encourage the social side of your dog. If you feel like your jealous dog needs space, give him space. You can do this by hiring a dog walker.
Don’t feel bad for calling for help.
This is one of the best decisions you can make, and you’re still a great pet parent for recognizing you and your dog need help.
Finally, a jealous dog is nothing other than an unhappy dog that is trying to send a message, and you must listen.
Once you start signs the first signs of this before, make it your best interest to control the problem before it gets worse.
Consistent training and positive reinforcement are two of the main solutions that will help you to control this behavior. Besides this, consider giving your dog what he wants best: your attention. This will prevent your dog from finding other means of getting your attention.