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This dog is jealous of another dog

Most dog owners say "yes"

More than 80% of dog owners report observing jealous behaviors from their dogs -- vocalizations, agitated behavior, pulling on a leash -- when they give attention to other dogs. Is it really jealousy?

New research published in the journal Psychological Science supports these observations and finds that dogs also exhibit jealous behaviors when they merely imagine that their owner is interacting with a potential rival - even if it is an artificial dog.

Researchers say that dogs appear to be one of the few species that might display jealous behaviors in ways similar to a human child showing jealousy when their mother gives affection to another child. The findings suggest a level of self-awareness in dogs and present the first evidence that dogs can mentally represent jealousy-inducing social interactions.

Do you agree with these findings?

Source: Science Daily

B.L. Ochman
@b-l-ochman

B.L. Ochman is the human companion of Lucy the Rescue Puppy. She is a professional writer, podcast producer and trusted advisor to brands in verticals from cars to cookies. She's a native New Yorker and lover of Central Park—where dogs can be off-leash until 9 am. She also is a really pretty good swing dancer.

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