10 Signs Your Pet Is Jealous

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Being jealous is part of human nature, what are the signs to your pet that you should be on the lookout for?

When we feel threatened by something we want to secure our position in the world and we want to feel good about it.

A lot of us feel threatened by others’ success and a lot of us feel threatened by people we love being too close to others.

This jealousy can be destructive in relationships.

This blog takes a look at these jealous feelings in pets and how to deal with them.

 

Aggression

If your pet is exhibiting signs of jealousy or aggression, there are a few things you can do to help diffuse the situation.

First, try to identify what is triggering jealousy or aggression.

Is your pet reacting to another pet in the home?

A new baby?

A change in routine?

Once you know what is triggering the behavior, you can work on addressing that issue.

If the jealousy or aggression is directed at another pet in the home, try to create more opportunities for one-on-one attention with your pet.

If the jealousy is related to a new baby, provide your pet with a safe space (such as a crate) where they can retreat when they need some time away from the baby.

And if the aggression is stemming from a change in routine, try to stick to a regular schedule as much as possible.

If you can identify and address the underlying issue, the jealous or aggressive behavior should start to subside.

 

Doing Tricks Without Commands

Your pet is jealous when it shows doing tricks without commands.

It is trying to prove that it can do things on its own and doesn’t need you to tell it what to do.

The best way to deal with this is to ignore it and don’t give it any attention. eventually, it will get bored and stop doing the tricks.

If you give it attention, it will only keep doing them to get your attention.

 

Resource Guarding

If your pet is displaying signs of resource guarding, it means that they are feeling insecure and threatened by something.

This could be another pet in the home, a person, or even a toy.

Resource guarding can manifest in different ways but usually includes growling, snapping, or even biting.

To help your pet feel more secure, start by giving them plenty of attention and positive reinforcement.

If they are guarding a toy, make sure to give them plenty of other toys to play with as well.

If they are guarding food, try feeding them in a separate room or using a puzzle feeder toy.

With patience and positive reinforcement, you can help your pet feel more secure and less threatened.

 

Pushy Behaviour

If your pet is displaying pushy behavior, it may be jealous of something or someone.

To help deal with this issue, try to figure out what is causing the jealousy and address it directly.

For example, if your pet is jealous of another animal in the home, try to provide more attention and affection to your pet.

If your pet is jealous of a new baby in the family, try to include your pet in activities with the baby, and make sure to give your pet plenty of attention and love.

Dealing with jealousy can be difficult, but by addressing the root cause of the issue, you can help your pet feel more secure and loved.

 

Growling, Hissing, or Getting into a Fight with Another Pet

If your pet is growling, hissing, or getting into a fight with another furry friend, it’s likely that he’s feeling jealous.

Jealousy is a normal emotion for animals, just as it is for humans, and it’s usually not something to be concerned about.

However, if your pet’s jealousy is causing problems, there are a few things you can do to help him.

First, try to identify what is triggering your pet’s jealousy.

If he’s growling at another dog, for example, it may be because he feels like that dog is a threat to his territory.

If he’s jealous of your attention, on the other hand, it may be because he feels like you’re paying more attention to someone else.

Once you know what’s causing the jealousy, you can start to address it.

If your buddy is jealous of another animal, try to provide him with more attention and affection so that he feels like he’s still the most important animal in your life.

If he’s jealous of your attention, try to spend more quality time with him, such as playing together or going for walks.

Jealousy can be a difficult emotion to deal with, but with a little patience and understanding, you can help your pet to overcome it.

 

Inappropriate Toileting

If your pet is jealous when it shows inappropriate toileting, there are a few things you can do to help.

First, try to spend more time with your pet and give it attention when it is behaving well.

Secondly, if your pet has an accident, clean it up immediately and do not make a big deal out of it.

Finally, continue to praise your pet when it uses the toilet appropriately.

With patience and consistency, you should be able to help your pet overcome its jealousy and learn to use the toilet correctly.

 

Over-Grooming

If you’ve ever noticed your pet over-grooming itself, it’s likely that they’re feeling jealous.

This is often seen in dogs who feel threatened by another dog in the household, or when a new baby arrives.

While it’s natural for your pet to feel a little jealous at times, excessive over-grooming can lead to serious health problems.

If you think your pet is over-grooming due to jealousy, there are a few things you can do to help.

First, try to provide them with extra attention and affection. This will help them feel loved and secure.

You can also try training your pet with positive reinforcement, so they learn that good behavior is rewarded.

Finally, make sure to provide them with plenty of exercises, as this can help reduce feelings of jealousy.

If your pet’s over-grooming is excessive or causing health problems, it’s important to talk to your veterinarian.

They can help you develop a plan to reduce your pet’s jealousy and improve their overall health.

 

Leaving the Room

Your pet is jealous when it shows signs of displeasure at your leaving the room.

This may include following you around, vocalizing your displeasure, or even trying to block your exit.

While this behavior may be frustrating, there are a few things you can do to deal with it.

First, try to provide your pet with plenty of attention and affection when you are home. This will help to alleviate any feelings of insecurity or abandonment.

Secondly, make sure to give your pet plenty of exercise and mental stimulation when you are away.

This will help to tire them out and give them something to focus on other than your absence.

Finally, if the jealousy is excessive or causing problems, you may want to consult with a behaviorist or trainer for help in dealing with the issue.

 

Trying to Scare Off Strangers

Your pet is jealous when it shows signs of displeasure at your leaving the room.

This may include following you around, vocalizing your displeasure, or even trying to block your exit.

While this behavior may be frustrating, there are a few things you can do to deal with it.

First, try to provide your pet with plenty of attention and affection when you are home.

This will help to alleviate any feelings of insecurity or abandonment.

Secondly, make sure to give your pet plenty of exercise and mental stimulation when you are away.

This will help to tire them out and give them something to focus on other than your absence.

Finally, if the jealousy is excessive or causing problems, you may want to consult with a behaviorist or trainer for help in dealing with the issue.

 

Destructive Behaviour

When your pet exhibits destructive behavior, it may be due to jealousy.

Pets can become jealous of other animals or people in the home, or even of objects such as toys.

If your pet is jealous, you will need to take steps to deal with the problem.

One way to deal with a jealous pet is to provide it with attention and affection.

Make sure to spend quality time with your pet, and give it plenty of love and attention.

You may also need to provide your pet with its own toys or objects to reduce its feelings of jealousy.

If your pet’s jealousy is causing serious problems, such as aggression towards other animals or people, you may need to consult a professional behaviorist for help.

With patience and dedication, you can help your pet overcome its jealousy and live a happy, healthy life.

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