One study found that 81 per cent of dog owners and 66 per cent of cat owners report jealousy in their pets, which might be explained by supposing that the pets really are jealous… The problem comes when I pick up a cat for a cuddle. Pretty much all dog owners have gotten "the paw": that moment your dog puts his paw on you as you're petting him or after you stop petting him as if to say "hey, keep petting me; I like it." Possessive behavior in dogs is actually quite common. How to Prevent Jealousy in Current Pets when Getting a New Dog. Poor pooch, he needs to learn how to tame that green-eyed monster! The jealous dog might need some fun training, thereby boosting his confidence. I understand the jealousy, this is a form of affection he can't have, but I need to train it out of him as soon as possible. Many dog owners have been saying it for years, “my dog is jealous of other dogs coming near me,” but back in time, jealousy was thought of exclusively being a human trait. When I pick up a cat he starts jumping up at them. If I hold the cat high at about shoulder level he can't reach and so far nothing more than jumping up happens. A complex secondary emotion, jealousy in cats is not exactly the same as human jealousy. Here's how to create a peaceable kingdom. Give your dog an escape route. Your dog or cat is probably going to be jealous of the new baby. Dog-on-dog jealousy Suddenly, the only time treats appear are when the dogs are together, sitting politely or on their beds. You probably thought it was so cute, and then continued petting him to fulfill his silent command. Harris said that while anecdotal accounts tell of dogs being jealous of partners, cats and babies, the animals' jealousy is thought to be primordial and similar to that seen in babies. A 2014 study suggests canines do in indeed feel envy, but it might be based off other more instinctual emotions, like resource guarding. If you like having multiple pets, you might get a new puppy or dog. Apparently, this emotion isn’t reserved for humans, and jealous dogs may feel neglected. Having a house full of pets can bring a lot of enjoyment to your life. And though you may enjoy cuddling in bed with your pet, for moments of human intimacy, remove the dog. A fun dog sport might do the jealous dog some good, too, as he could spend time with his owner while they have fun together. This clip is the best proof that dog is obviously bothered by the cat in the room, and suffers an instant touch of jealousy. This is a great training twofer — associating the new dog with good things and brushing up on obedience skills. Animal experts and dog behaviorists don’t always agree on whether or not dogs experience jealousy in the same way humans do. Whether it’s the exact same emotion humans feel or not, when you get down to it, dogs really do get jealous. The jealous cat could get some play time with a favorite toy, some brushing and petting. Some 43 percent of dogs share beds with their owners, according to the 2007 American Pet Products Association survey.