By Nancy Cope
A jealous dog can quickly become a dangerous, aggressive dog.
Some dogs, like some humans, become extremely possessive of their owners and other family members, striking out aggressively at rivals.
The biggest concern is this behavior can turn a once happy dog into one that is prone to snapping — or worse — biting.
A jealous dog can exhibit angry, aggressive behavior toward any person or animal that the dog perceives as an intruder.
Bringing a new baby or another dog home can easily cause jealously.
Jealous dog bad behavior
Take care if your dog starts exhibiting any of these behaviors: excessive barking, constantly being underfoot, tearing or destroying things and regressing from house-training.
Barking: A jealous dog will bark at the object of jealousy or bark at you when you are giving your attention to the object of jealousy.
Underfoot: A once well-behaved dog will constantly be underfoot, demanding your attention. This is dangerous because the dog could accidentally trip you, potentially injuring both you and the dog.
Chewing or tearing: A jealous dog will not be shy about chewing or tearing up items that belong to a rival.
Potty training: Like children, when a dog wants extra attention, it may revert to peeing and pooping inside the house. Unfortunately, for a jealous dog, any attention — even anger from the owner — is better than no attention at all.
Extreme guarding: A dog’s natural guarding instinct can be exacerbated by jealousy. That can lead to vicious reactions when a person or dog is allowed access to the home, even with the obvious approval of the dog’s owner.
A jealous dog will aggressively guard food and toys from both humans and other animals. This characteristic can be especially dangerous if children touch a dog’s possessions, which can prompt the dog to bite.
Training, training, training
Never tolerate or reward bad behavior.
If your dog is misbehaving, give them some extra attention by focusing on training.
For example, if a dog gets underfoot, stop and make the dog sit until he is calm.
Also be sure your dog gets plenty of exercise — take daily walks and add obedience components like sit, stay and come to your usual routine.
Enroll in a basic obedience class immediately if you haven’t taken one. Even if you’ve taken one previously, it doesn’t hurt to take a refresher class.
For the jealous dog, the training provides one-on-one time with you. For you, the training helps provide a better-behaved dog.
Nancy Cope is the owner of Pampered Dog Gifts.