Animals are beings that feel and experience emotions, just like people, so it is usual that there is jealousy in pets: either between them, with someone who comes home to visit or with a baby. Below we will give you some tips so you can prevent and treat such situations.
Jealousy in pets: causes
It can not be determined if an animal will be jealous or not until a certain event does not happen. In general, pets are accustomed to the presence of other beings, but sometimes they can not repress jealousy towards them.
Did you know for example that dogs of small breeds are usually territorial and possessive with their owners and objects? They consider any 'intruder' as a threat. On the contrary, the larger races tend to be more sociable and companions.
Of course, that does not mean that having a golden retriever or a boxer is sufficient reason for the animal not to feel jealous: the education that has been taught is also very influential. If the dog has been raised as the baby in the house and suddenly a 'real' child appears, he is likely to feel displaced or abandoned.
The same can happen if the family adopts a new pet: the newcomer will become the culprit of the lack of attention or care. In that case, in addition, the competition arises to see who is the favorite or who deserves more cuddles and affection.
Tips to avoid jealousy in pets
Animals can not talk, but they can make themselves understood, so if your pet is jealous you will notice their changes in attitude. You will experience irritability, apathy, anxiety, sadness and possessive attitudes.
It is also likely to destroy your toys or bed, urinate in prohibited places and want to attack the alleged threat. Some tips that can help you so that your dog does not feel jealous for another being that now lives in the home are:
1. Dedicate time
It is true that if you had a baby recently it is a bit difficult that you have time to dedicate to your pet (or something other than the child). However, you shouldtry to take a few minutes to play with him or at least spoil him for a while.
For example, before going to bed, lie on the sofa and let it sit on your lap or at your feet. It would be much better if you could throw a wooden ball or stick to play, but that the animal knows that you care about it will be enough.
2. Introduce new members
It is very important that you make the appropriate presentations in case there is a new pet or a baby comes home. Let them know each other and share moments together.
If jealousy appears because you have adopted a dog or cat, at first do everything possible so that everyone has their spaces and objects: two beds, two feeders, two similar toys, two belts, etc. There will be time for them to share their things, but at the beginning it is better to separate them to avoid problems.
Do not feel guilty for pet jealousy: they are normal and have a solution. If you are not paying enough attention to your dog, he will perceive your weakness and ask you for even more care.
At no time should you allow him to 'do whatever he wants' because he is sad; on the contrary, the animal must continue to carry out your orders as on the first day. In this way, you will notice that you are still the boss.
4. Avoid direct competition
If your dog is territorial enough it is not a good idea to bring another animal home, unless it is of the same sex, because that will increase jealousy between them. You can take advantage to sterilize them both, and thus reduce the inconveniences.
Also, do not make any kind of difference between them because, even if you do not believe it, they realize everything. Both are equal before your eyes and that should be noted: if you give one a toy, the other also; if you take one to walk, the other must accompany you; if you play with one, the other can participate, etc.