My dog is very jealous of any other dogs in her home, and tends to get aggressive. How can I help ?

gets between myself and other dog and refuses to let the other dog sniff me or give the other treats. Help!

Asked by bobeg on Jul 23rd 2008 in Aggression
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Dogs do not get jealous. That's what we think because we tend to humanize our dogs. He's trying to establish dominance. Every pack ( and you have one) needs a leader. If the human lacks leadership one of the dogs will take over. The first dog in the house will be the leader until someone challenges him and one surrenders. It sounds like he has leadership in the house not you. If you learn to be the leader, then he can relax and just be one of the pack.

Bobik answered on 7/23/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Dogs are "innocently selfish" - Bobeg wants treats and attention, and it's very high value to him so if he can get around the other dogs and/or shoo them away, and it's not corrected, then he will do it, because it works, simple as that. When he puts on these displays you need to remove him from the room. When he does this, he doesn't get treats or attention from you, which defeats what he's trying to do. Make everyone sit nicely for treats and take them one at a time. Google NILIF.

There are also tones of Resource Guarding here. Google "Resource Guarding" and also pick up "MINE!" by Jean Donaldson.

Kolbe answered on 7/23/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Your dog is most likely resource guarding you. This is not a dominance issue (few behaviors are, despite the trend to make dog owners think otherwise). You need to teach your dog to perform the behaviors you want when other dogs are around. This is not about punishing the dog. It's about training and helping the dog feel ok about having other dogs near the stuff it has decided is important to him. The book MINE! that was recommended is a good start. But find a positive trainer to help you learn how dogs learn new behaviors, especially when they are feeling stressed or aroused. Skip the 'it's dominance' stuff.

Sunny answered on 7/23/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer