Thursday, 11 June 2015

Help! My Dogs Are Jealous Of Each Other! #MultiPetMania

dog jealousy
If you have multiple pets in your house, you probably know all about the jealousy that can and does happen. But what do you do if your dogs are jealous of each other? How are you suppose to handle it? In my house, I have 3 Siberian Huskies, and 2 cats, so it is a constant job to make sure each and every one of my pets feel loved equally. Sometimes it can be a challenge, but it can be done. AND, it is super important to always consider your dogs feelings, and realize when one may be feeling left out, or may just want some extra special time with you. Dogs are like people in the sense that sometimes, they just need that extra bit of love.




There is basically one main tip I have to help stop jealousy between dogs. Equal time. It is so important to remember our dogs (and cats) strive for our attention, they need our attention, they need our love. When one pet gets more attention than the other, of course they will feel jealousy. And contrary to what some peoples beliefs are - yes! Dogs CAN feel jealousy. I walk my huskies at the same time often, but sometimes it's nice to just take them out one at a time. Take them each for their own separate walks, and spend some good old one on one time together. Another way to help jealousy is to remember when handing out treats, hand them out to all of your pets. Don't just treat one while the others are all staring at you with those big puppy eyes. I mean lets be real here...if I were standing there, and my mother handed out a slice of cheese cake to my brothers, and completely skipped me...I would just...I would cry! Did I mention I love cheese cake? haha!


Conclusion?
It makes a huge difference to know your dog, and know how their feeling. Reading their behavior helps. Spend equal time with each pet, and never leave any of them out. The key to happiness while living with multiple pets is to show them each the love they deserve.


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37 comments:

  1. I have mine practice taking turns so they know that they will get a turn and they need to be patient. I don't usually have any jealousy issues. Occasionally Zoe will resource guard a little bit but Phoenix respects her so we generally don't have problems with that, either!

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    1. That's great that you found something that works well for you!

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  2. I have to agree with Lauren...we usually don't have any jealousy problems here. Chloe was TopDog until LadyBug arrived. She just took over and Chloe stepped aside...which seemed weird at the time...and still does, but that's the way it works here!! But, they do both get one on one time!

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    1. That's great! The jealousy I am referring to here in my home basically pertains to things like, "hey why are you petting her when you should be petting me?" type situations hahaa! But either way one on one time I think is important in any home.

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  3. Yep, in our home, I'm the one who always gets jealous. No matter how much special time and being included I get, I always seem to feel jealous. Most of the jealousy is with Bailie, even though Mom has made a huge effort to give me extra time since she arrived.

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    1. Sometimes it can be so challenging. My Koda is the one who likes all the attention. He is the baby of the pack and the last adopted which I think has a lot to do with it. Spreading the love and attempting one on one time I think is really all we can do.

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  4. I have it here to at my house, it's usually who wants to lay next to me on the couch.

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    1. I get that too. And it's always Koda who jumps over top of everyone to get to that spot! hahaha!

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  5. I have had it here, too. Ethel is the exuberant one, who jumps to get the top spot in something!

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  6. I think we would have jealousy issue at our house but we don't. We are pretty lucky that way.

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    1. That's great! Strange how some do and some don't.

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  7. Bentley is my jealous boy. If Pierre is giving me kisses, he will come lay his head over my face where Pierre can't get to me. The fact that I can't breath is not his concern It only matters that I am not getting kisses from any other dog! ROFL!

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  8. I am sure Kilo would be insanely jealous. He already acts like he is either afraid of or hates most other dogs. XS

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  9. Our dogs demand tons of attention and all at the same time. I've learned to balance my time between them and make 3 wait while I love on one. Once they all settle down, then it's much easier. It's time likes this when I wonder why exactly I want a 5th dog.

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  10. What great advice, Jenna! Luke is our jealous dog, but really only when it comes to affection. If we try to love on either of the girls, he has to horn his way in there! Ours sometimes get upset if I take someone for some one on one time, but they always get over it quickly. I think it's important to do that, and to give them each a turn.
    Even when Luke is training and gets treats for it, if the girls are around they get a treat too. Ha, no wonder Cricket thinks she should get treats just for being cute! LOL
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. LOL! So true!! And yes, one on one time I think is super important. And even though one gets upset when the other has their time, at least they know they'll get theirs too :)

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  11. Yes. One of my dogs is on 6 pills and I wrap them in 2 or 3 pill pockets. Then I have to give little treats to the other dog so he doesn't feel cheated.

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  12. I think that at times my dogs are also jealous of each other. Great tips!

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    1. Thanks Rebekah! hard not to have some jealousy when we live in multiple pet households I think huh?

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  13. My 2 dogs are definitely jealous of each other. My smaller dog Phoebe is a total green eyed monster, she can't stand when I'm giving any attention to her sister and always tries to interrupt & insert herself into the action. I don't let her do that, she needs to wait her turn. Each of them displays jealousy but Phoebe is much worse. I try to give them equal time, but it's a constant effort to curtail the jealousy.
    Love & Biscuits,
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    1. I know all too well! Koda is an attention hog, and hates when I give my love to the other pets, but I definitely do my best.

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  14. We haven't had too much of an issue with this with my dog and cat. The cat was here first, so I've tried to make sure he knows he's still number 1--the dog isn't allowed on the couch, so he has one dog-free snuggle zone; he gets breakfast first; since the dog is in the crate when I'm gone, I make sure to say hi to the kitty first when I get home. It is hard to feel like I'm not neglecting him sometimes, though, since he doesn't get to go on the nice long solo walks with me like Barley does.

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    1. I know what you mean. We can do so much with our indoor kitties but unfortunately there is just so many more things available to do with dogs. I am with you on trying to keep the balance, sometimes it can be challenging.

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  15. I can tell when one of the cats feels like I'm showing too much attention to one of the others. it's so obvious in their body language.

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    1. It really is. All we have to do is "listen." :)

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  16. This is an excellent multiple pet post, Jenna, thank you for adding it to the hop. Besides as many separate walks, car trips and training time as I can fit in, I have found that making a little special cuddle/petting/massage time means a lot to each pet and helps cut down on jealous snappings/poutings. When the other pets are out of the room, so no one else can nose in, I get special cuddles with each pet and they simply eat it up, as do I.

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    1. Exactly! It really does make as difference. And while there is still going to be bouts of jealousy or pouting, the extra special one on one time definitely helps!!
      Thanks, i'm so glad you enjoyed my post!

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  17. Some dogs have this territorial instinct, and some are just plain snappy. But regardless, we should understand that this is part of them being dogs. It is part of their genetics do become defensive and territorial at times. That's what I've learned from this really helpful article that you should check out if your dog is getting moody lately:http://dogsaholic.com/training/my-dog-hates-other-dogs.html

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  18. Its been really great to read such article.I appreciate it.Thanks for sharing..dogs funny

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