Do Dogs Get Jealous?

Most dog owners will tell you without hesitation that their companion has indeed exhibited signs of jealousy. Think about those times you have been out at a friend’s house or in the park playing and interacting with other dogs. As soon as you walk in the house, you get the silent treatment, constant sniffing at your pant leg, and not the typical exuberant greeting.

Dogs know when you’ve been spending time with other animals. And they don’t always like it. Jealousy is an emotion that accompanies self-awareness. Your dog knows who she is, and she knows who you are. The more intelligent your dog, the more likely she is to display jealousy. You can expect it with breeds as smart as Goldendoodles.

What are the signs? Is there something you can do about it? Should you actually do anything about it?

Some signs your Goldendoodle is experiencing jealousy

Aggression can be a sign that your dog is trying to tell you he doesn’t like something. He probably won’t be aggressive toward you, but toward the person or animal vying for your attention. Typically, Goldendoodles are very social and view other people and even other dogs as potential playmates. However, keep an eye on them if they start to put themselves between you and others.

Going to the bathroom where she isn’t supposed to can also be an indicator that something is not sitting right with her. This can also be a sign that something is wrong with her health, and your first reaction should have that in mind. If she gets a clean bill of health, though, she may be feeling jealous. 

Have you ever noticed that when a guest arrives—especially if they bring another dog—that your companion can become a little “clingy?” She may lean against you or sit right at your feet. She may lick your hands or face. This means she wants your attention and feels too much of it is being shared with others. 

Some of the more concerning behaviors include growling or getting snippy with other animals. She can push into your space by begging or sitting up on her hind legs just to get your attention. In some cases, a jealous dog can even leave the room like an upset teenager.

Why do they do this and what do we do about it?

Jealousy is a negative emotion. It is closely associated with selfishness. It can manifest in your Goldendoodle if she is bored or feeling like someone or something is getting more attention than she is. Remember, she needs your attention. She wants you to be close to her and petting her. 

Plan for some one-on-one time. She loves going on walks with you in the park. She relishes those quiet evenings on the couch with you just putting your hand on her. It doesn’t mean change your routines. It means you being aware of those moments and keeping them from escalating.