Dogs and Jealousy

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Dogs and Jealousy

By Scott Rose




Dogs and Jealousy

For ages, many animal experts held that all dog behavior, including possible jealous tendencies, stemmed from instinct rather than emotions, but new research is proving that theory wrong. So, if you recently brought a new friend or another pet into your life, and your dog suddenly seems less than friendly, you may just have a jealous pooch on your hands.

Paul Morris, Ph.D., a psychologist and animal behavior expert at the University of Portsmouth in England, determined that certain animals, including dogs, experience a wide array of emotions. Along with jealousy, these emotions include anger, anxiety, surprise, pride, embarrassment and shame.

While cats, pigs, horses, rabbits and hamsters also seem to get jealous, dogs appear to feel this emotion more often and with greater intensity. Dog owners who were included in the study consistently reported that their dogs pushed in between themselves and third party rivals for their attention.

Scientists as of yet can’t communicate with dogs to know what they are truly feeling, but the evidence so far suggests that canine emotions — including jealousy — are comparable to what we experience.

“All we can do is look at behavior and context,” Morris said. “Both the behavior and the contexts observed are consistent with current scientific definitions of jealousy. I suspect that a highly social species such as the dog has a very developed repertoire of social emotions.”

He and others plan to study animal emotions more in future. Meanwhile, what should you do if you suspect your dog is feeling jealous? Here are a few guidelines:

1. Recognize the signs
Like a spurned lover, your dog will have a hard time containing itself if it feels jealous. Sulking, snarling, growling, fighting and sluggishness can be symptoms of jealousy. Some dogs even get so upset that they stop eating. In that case, be sure to schedule a veterinary check-up to rule out possible medical causes.

2. Maintain routines
You likely have a daily routine for interacting with your dog, even if you did not establish this routine consciously. Think back to what your schedule and habits were like before the new pet or person was introduced and, whenever possible, try to reestablish that pattern with your dog. Routine is important to your dog because its jealousy, in part, comes from fear of losing its place in your life. By continuing to feed, walk, and play with your dog according to a normal schedule, you reassure your pet of its place in your heart.

3. Give extra attention
Try to spend even more time with your dog than usual during the transitional period. If the subject of your dog’s jealousy is another person, encourage that individual to play, pet and otherwise positively interact with your dog as much as possible.

4. Reinforce basic training
Your dog thinks of you as part of its pack. Now it must share you with another individual. You must remain the leader, so gently show your dog who is boss by verbally scolding negative behavior as soon as it starts. At the same time, reward positive behavior with sweet talk, head rubs, and treats, especially if your dog makes an effort to socialize with your new pack member.

5. Empathize
Whether the object of your dog’s jealousy is a new pup or person, try to remember that from your dog’s perspective, it was with you first. Your dog has attempted to earn your loyalty and affection over the years, while sharing those same gifts with you. Its jealousy is actually a measure of how much it values both you and its position within your now-growing pack.

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Puppy Apartment™

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As dog lovers and owners, we believe dogs deserve the same potty option as cats and other domesticated animals (including people). Hundreds of years ago cats and people had to potty outside. Our innovative society invented great devices, such as toilets for people and litter boxes for cats. These devices allow us and our pets to potty in a safe, warm and comfortable environment. We decided to invent the amazing Potty Training Puppy Apartment™ (PTPA), because dogs deserve the same potty option as cats and people. Not only does the PTPA provide your puppy a safe, warm and comfortable environment, it also potty trains your puppy at the same time in a very humane way. In addition, veterinarians strongly recommend keeping your puppy indoors until they have all their vaccinations.

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Jimmy Fallon Gives His New Puppy a Shoutout on Emmys Red Carpet

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Jimmy Fallon Gives His New Puppy a Shoutout on Emmys Red Carpet

09/23/2012 at 06:50 PM EDT

Jimmy Fallon (inset) and puppy Gary
Like any parent having a grown-up night on the red carpet, Jimmy Fallon couldn’t resist saying hi to his new baby from the Emmy Awards – his new puppy, that is.

While chatting with Ryan Seacrest on the pre-show arrivals line, Fallon gushed about Gary, the female golden retriever he brought home earlier this month.

“It’s like having a baby except no diapers,” Fallon said of life with Gary. “It’s my first puppy ever.”

In a Tweet posted earlier Sunday, Fallon called Gary his “new best friend,” and reinforced the point with Seacrest.

“It’s amazing, it’s a life changer,” he said. “I love her so much. She’s my best friend.”

Fallon then waved to the camera and said hi to his pooch, who he said was watching.


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Shih Tzu

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Shih Tzu Puppies

Originally from China by way of Tibet, the Shih Tzu was bred for royal treatment and will expect no less from you. The house pet during much of the Ming Dynasty, Shih Zhus have a distinctive double coat that requires grooming. Even as puppies, they are affectionate, outgoing, playful, and trusting companions. When fully grown, they weigh between nine and sixteen pounds, and a proud, even arrogant posture is the breed standard.



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Toxic plants

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A note of caution: Plants are often sprayed with insecticides and treated with fertilizers. These products may mask or alter the adverse clinical signs observed in the animals exposed to a hazardous plant. Even non-toxic plant material may cause physical irritation to the gastrointestinal system and subsequent mild stomach upset. Also, sometimes small animals ingest plant material as a result of a developing illness; therefore, the signs of illness following a plant ingestion are not always plant induced. Plants often incriminated as causing allergic dermatitis or skin rashes in humans may or may not cause similar problems in animals.

The list below of potentially hazardous plants is in no way complete; however, it does represent the most commonly kept plants. Accurate identification of the plant in question is most essential. Local floral shop and plant nursery personnel are valuable sources of information regarding plant identification.

To obtain a more complete list of plants, both toxic and non-toxic, including their scientific names and associated problems/hazards, write the NAPCC, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL 61801. Enclose a check for $10 payable to NAPCC.

List of Potentially Hazardous Plants

Aloe Vera (Medicine Plant), Amaryllis, Andromeda japonica, Apple (seeds), Apple Leaf Croton, Asparagus Fern, Autumn Crocus, Avocado (fruit & pit), Azalea , Baby’s Breath, Bird of Paradise, Birdnest sansovioria, Bittersweet, Branching Ivy, Buckeye, Buddhist Pine, Caladium, Calla Lily, Carnation, Castor Bean, Ceriman, Cherry (seeds & wilting leaves), Chinaberry Tree (berries, bark, leaves, flowers), Chinese Evergreen, Christmas cactus, Christmas Rose, Chrysanthemum, Cineraria, Clematis, Colcus, Cordatum, Corn Plant, Cornstalk Plant, Croton, Cuban Laurel, Cycads, Cyclamen, Daffodil, Daisy, Day Lily (cats), Dracaena, Dragon Tree, Dumb Cane (all types) (Dieffenbachia), Easter Lily (especially cats), Elaine, Elephant Ears, Emerald Feather, English Ivy, Fiddle-leaf Fig, Flamingo Plant, Florida Beauty, Foxlove, Geranium, German Ivy, Glacier Ivy, Glory Lilly, Golden Pothos, Hahn’s Self-Branching English Ivy, Heavenly Bamboo, Hibiscus, Holly, Hosta, Hurricane Plant, Hyacinth, Hydrangea, Indian Laurel, Indian Rubber Plant, Iris, Japanese Show Lily (especially cats), Jade Plant, Jerusalem Cherry, Kalanchoe (Panda Bear Plant), Lily of the Valley, Macadamia nut, Madagascar Dragon Tree, Marble Queen, Marijuana, Miniature Croton, Mistletoe, Morning Glory, Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, Narcissus, Needlepoint Ivy, Nephthytis, Nightshade, Norfolk Pine, Oleander, Onion, Oriental Lily (especially cats), Peace Lily, Peach (wilting leaves & pits), Pencil Cactus, Philodendron (all types), Plum (wilting leaves and seeds), Plumosa Fern, Poinsettia (low toxicity), Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, Pothos, Precatory Bean, Primrose (Primula), Red Emerald, Red Princess, Rhododendron, Ribbon Plant, Sago Palm, Satin Pothos, Schefflera, Silver Pothos, String of Pearls/Beads, Sweetheart Ivy, Swiss Cheese Plant, Taro Vine, Tiger Lily (especially cats), Tomato Plant (green fruit, stem & leaves), Tulip, Variegated Rubber Plant, Wandering Jew, Weeping Fig, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, Yew, and Yucca.




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Peter, my precious little Shih Tzu puppy

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Peter, 1995
Peter, my precious little Shih Tzu puppy, was brown and white with enormous brown eyes; his tail never stopped wagging. I was so happy I’d chosen him. Actually, I didn’t choose Peter. He chose me. Like the Mona Lisa, his eyes followed me everywhere I went in the pet store.

I left that place and went to another, but there were no puppies as beseeching as Peter, so I returned to the first store. Peter’s eyes locked on to me again the instant I entered. So that settled that. He became mine.

Peter was the cutest puppy you ever saw. And that’s not just my opinion. I was walking him one day when a lady stopped her car and stuck her head out the window. She said — and I quote — “That’s the cutest puppy I ever saw!” So that made at least two of us. Plus Ed, my beloved Romanian soul mate of 30 years, loved Peter just as much as I did.

Ten years later, beginning in 2005 when Ed developed Alzheimer’s, I often took Peter to visit him in the nursing home. One day when we arrived Ed was dozing in his wheelchair.

Peter, 2005
“Hi, Ed. Here we are,” I said, certain my voice was loud enough to awaken him.

He lifted his head and saw us.

“Oh, the lee-tle one,” he said, emphasizing ‘lee-tle,’ and perking right up. “Pe-tair. Lee-tle Pe-tair. Come here,” he said, reaching out his arms. “Let me see you.”

Ed didn’t even look at me.

“Lee-tle Pe-tair, come here,” he repeated.

Peter ran to Ed.

“Hi, Mar-r-rie,” he said, finally turning his attention to me. “Can I hold Pe-tair?”


I put Peter on Ed’s lap and expected him to jump down immediately and come to me as he had done every single time I’d taken him the whole 17 months Ed had lived in the facility. In fact, even if I went to Ed’s bathroom Peter insisted on going in with me.

Ed started stroking him slowly, his hand starting on Peter’s head and moving down his back all the way to his tail. Then back to his head again and slowly down his back once more. I sat down in the rocking chair, waiting for Peter to squirm, jump down and run to me as he had done a hundred times before.

But he didn’t.

Peter just stretched out on Ed’s lap, closed those enormous brown eyes, and rested his chin on Ed’s arm.

Mary, the housekeeper came in and emptied the waste basket.

“I have to go on to the next room now, Edward,” she said when she finished.

He thanked her, kissed her hand three times — as was his habit — and told her how beautiful she was. He told all the female staff members and all of his visitors (even men) how beautiful they were.

After Mary left, Peter put his chin back on Ed’s arm, and Ed resumed stroking him.

“Does he like it when I ‘pad’ him?” Ed asked, looking at me expectantly.

“Yes, he likes to be petted.”

“Oh, I’m so glad he’s happy when I’m ‘padding’ him.”

I watched them while I rocked. It was almost like meditating. But I wondered what was making Peter stay on Ed’s lap. He’d never done that before. It worried me.

What does Peter know that I don’t?

As I was driving home I remembered a story about a cat in a nursing home who went to sit beside patients just before they died. I was frightened and tried to put that thought out of my mind. And I tried to forget how Peter had stayed on Ed’s lap for the whole visit.

Just two weeks later Ed passed away, leaving me and little Peter all alone.

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