Do Dogs Get Jealous? Dognition’s Dr. Hare Answers Your Questions
We love finding out more about the science of dogs – and sharing what we know with our fans. Dr. Brian Hare, a canine cognition expert from our partner, Dognition, helped us answer a fan’s question about bonding with your new dog while keeping your old dog happy.
When we asked our Facebook fans what they wanted to know most about their puppies, we got lots of questions about bonding and creating close relationships. One question in particular, though, stood out – how to bond with a new puppy without making your previous dog jealous.
There’s no easy answer, of course, but it seems, from the study Dr. Hare mentioned in the video, that dogs understand when they’re not getting as many rewards as another dog. That means it may be helpful to make sure you treat your new dog and your old dog equally, with praise, treats, and attention for both.
There’s a lot we can learn about our dogs, especially when we work together. The curiosity, questions and experience of dog lovers like you helps us work with partners like Dognition to discover more about our best friends every day. Join our Facebook community to ask a question or share a story about your dog.