Avoid punishments for “bad behavior”
Many times it is irresistible to ignore our dogs when they are jealousy, when their puppy wants something and does not get it, he begins to act in a certain way to receive what he wants. This wish can be your attention, a delicious prize or your favorite toy.
Many times we fall into the temptation to give our puppy the attention he so desires – this only generates that your little four-legged associate that kind of behavior to a prize, be it your attention, a prize or a toy. This is called positive reinforcement – but it is also possible to reinforce negative behaviors. If your hairy finally gets what he wants, he learns to behave in this way just to get his prize.
Dogs always seek our attention in many ways, it can be through a look or a lick, a bark or an annoying cry, even through aggressive behavior.
Understand what your dog is trying to tell you.
Since they can not communicate using words, it can be very difficult for us to understand what they are trying to tell us. It is important that you know your own dog, its sounds and other ways it has to communicate with you so you can understand their needs. Also, it is essential that you can establish yourself as the leader of the family in your home and that you know how to reward the types of behavior you want your dog to acquire.
Dogs show jealousy in any type of situation, but these are the most common:
1.- Your dog growls at another pet or family member who approaches you.
2.- Your dog pushes back and forth furry, seeing that you are paying attention to another dog and not to him.
3.- You meet a friend and your dog starts crying at your feet or tries to stand between them.
Jealousy for a new pet or for another dog
The key is to make both of you feel as important to you and strengthen the bond between your two pets. Here are some tips to avoid that jealousy:
- Give attention to your two dogs equally. Take them out together and play with both. This will prevent either of you from feeling isolated and will help build a good relationship between them.
- If your dog is protective of their food, feed them in different rooms to avoid them feeling competing.
- Walk your dogs together, there is no better way to connect than being outside and learning to play and socialize with other dogs together.
- Do training sessions with both dogs at the same time. This will make them feel that you are giving them the same time equally. Make sure you give both dogs prizes at the same time to avoid conflicts over food.
- Always reward your little successes when they act appropriately, like sitting quietly next to each other, give them attention and give them both prizes.
Jealousy for other people
If your puppy is jealous of a family member, the problem may be because there is no relationship between them.
Some tips for managing dog jealousy about other people:
- Reward good behaviors, for example if they manage to keep quiet when you are in the company of other people or a member of your family.
- Your puppy needs to see that good and funny things can happen when another person is present. This will help your dog to positively associate other people, let your family member prepare your dog’s food as if it were another provider of positive experiences.
- If your puppy growls or pushes people when they approach, you should give a clear signal that this is unacceptable. Your dog must be clear who is in charge. To do this, you can take away your prize, which in most cases you are. When you show annoying behaviors or when you want to get attention, you must ignore it completely.
Jealousy for a baby
The arrival of a baby may be special for you and your family but also very confusing for your dog. Your dog needs to understand that he must respect your baby as he respects you, nor will your baby be your furry playmate. Below, you can see some ways to prevent your dog’s jealousy towards your baby:
Prevent your dog from entering your baby’s room weeks before your arrival. In this way, your dog will not feel left out with the new addition of your baby at home.
Do not move your dog away from your baby. This will make your furry feel that they are in competition and that he should feel threatened by him. Involve him in family life and avoid feeling tense when they are together. If you feel tense or stressed, your dog may feel it and may think there is a reason to be anxious.
Help your baby connect with your dog by compensating and rewarding good behavior. Offer prizes when they are lying next to each other or playing quietly in the same room. Your dog will understand that good things can happen when he is calm and relaxed around the baby.
Never leave your baby and your dog alone. You never know how your puppy could react without supervision and could ruin all the effort you put into their training.
You should not allow your dog to play with your baby’s toys. Your puppy has thousands of bacteria in its mouth that could be harmful to your baby. If you take your baby’s toys because it seeks your attention, remove the toy and obviously wash your baby’s toys with soap and water before they play with them again.