Do Dogs Get Jealous?

A look at new research on the topic of jealousy in dogs, and what it actually shows.

For reasons that defy logic, many people continue to be surprised by the idea that dogs experience complex emotions, and continue to suggest that such emotions, including jealousy, are unique to humans. Whenever I see a psychological study claiming to present evidence that a complex emotion is present in dogs, thus refuting the idea that it is only present in humans, I find myself cringing. Animal research exploring emotional complexity in animals other than humans moved beyond this “uniquely human” idea decades ago, yet in some research circles, this is still discussed as news.

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