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Posted 23 July 2014 - 09:23 PM

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SAN DIEGO, July 23 (UPI) --A new study of dog behavior showed that jealousy isn't a trait unique to humans. Dogs vying for the attention of their owners showcase behaviors that suggest jealousy is a strong motivating factor.

Scientists at the University of California at San Diego confirmed their hypothesis by studying a number of dogs and analyzing the way each reacted when their owners displayed affection toward inanimate objects.

When owners were visibly loving and affectionate toward a dog-like stuffed animal (that barked, whined and wagged a mechanized tail), the majority of real dogs showed aggression toward their perceived rivals. When owners were similarly demonstrative toward a more obviously inanimate object -- a bucket or pail, in this instance -- only a handful of dogs seemed to pay any mind.


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This makes me wonder: do those people ever pay any attention to their dogs?

Well guys, the next time you want to waste money you come to my 2 dog household and I'll give you a demonstration for half the budget.

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 09:32 PM

Animals need attention, especially dogs, and they feel left out if their owner lavishes attention on someone or another animal and will react accordingly, We don't need some university guys studying this and telling us something that has been known since before they were born.

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 10:28 PM

This is why dogs attack new babies in a household, or visiting children.

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 03:44 AM

View Postquestionmark, on 23 July 2014 - 09:23 PM, said:

This makes me wonder: do those people ever pay any attention to their dogs?

Well guys, the next time you want to waste money you come to my 2 dog household and I'll give you a demonstration for half the budget.

Where do I apply for a research job like this please?

There is absolutely no proof at all that human beings actually communicate.

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 09:41 AM

No? Really? Dogs actually have *gasp* feelings! Quick...we need some more studies! (<insert extreme sarcasm)

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 11:14 AM

Cats get jealous too..

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 05:16 PM

View Posttoyomotor, on 24 July 2014 - 03:44 AM, said:

Where do I apply for a research job like this please?
I have come to the conclusion that most universities have a department for deducing the obvious

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Posted 25 July 2014 - 08:06 AM

Dogs need to learn to control their emotions.


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Posted 25 July 2014 - 09:16 AM

View Posttaniwha, on 25 July 2014 - 08:06 AM, said:

Dogs need to learn to control their emotions.

Dogs have the cognitive ability of young children...controlling their emotions is at a similar level. It's up to the humans to train the dogs to respond to their emotions in an acceptable manner. In order to most effective do this the human has to understand dogs. This is why some people are called 'dog whisperers'.

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Posted 25 July 2014 - 09:24 AM

View PostLilly, on 25 July 2014 - 09:16 AM, said:



Dogs have the cognitive ability of young children...controlling their emotions is at a similar level. It's up to the humans to train the dogs to respond to their emotions in an acceptable manner. In order to most effective do this the human has to understand dogs. This is why some people are called 'dog whisperers'.

Sure, dogs born in the wild dont have 'dog whisperers'.  I bet they still get jealous.


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Posted 25 July 2014 - 09:34 AM

View Posttaniwha, on 25 July 2014 - 09:24 AM, said:

Sure, dogs born in the wild dont have 'dog whisperers'.  I bet they still get jealous.

But dogs have packs...and dog packs have a social order. Essentially wild dogs become socialized into proper pack behaviour by the other pack members. Domestic dogs have to be socialized into what's proper behaviour living with humans. The dog whisperers are just really good at this because they understand dogs so well.

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Posted 25 July 2014 - 10:05 AM

View PostLilly, on 25 July 2014 - 09:16 AM, said:

Dogs have the cognitive ability of young children...controlling their emotions is at a similar level. It's up to the humans to train the dogs to respond to their emotions in an acceptable manner. In order to most effective do this the human has to understand dogs. This is why some people are called 'dog whisperers'.
Fully agree but I do hate the term 'train' when referring to animals, people never say they are training their children (though Sagan knows some need it).  To me you bring up an animal as part of the family and educate it as to what is acceptable behavior in social situations - with dogs you have to be and remain the alpha.

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Posted 25 July 2014 - 10:06 AM

View PostLilly, on 25 July 2014 - 09:34 AM, said:



But dogs have packs...and dog packs have a social order. Essentially wild dogs become socialized into proper pack behaviour by the other pack members. Domestic dogs have to be socialized into what's proper behaviour living with humans. The dog whisperers are just really good at this because they understand dogs so well.

Sure, but what does a dog whisperer have to say to a jealous dog?  From wild to domestic, trying to cure a dog of jealousy is about as un natural as trying to cure them from wagging their tail.  Some things you just gotta accept...like jealousy.


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Posted 25 July 2014 - 10:10 AM

You don't "cure" a dog from being jealous, you train/teach the dog how to deal with it in a socially acceptable manner.

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Posted 25 July 2014 - 10:13 AM

View PostLilly, on 25 July 2014 - 10:10 AM, said:

You don't "cure" a dog from being jealous, you train/teach the dog how to deal with it in a socially acceptable manner.

I dont know what you could whisper in your dogs ear to get the desired result, some people have a silver tongue i spose.





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