In a study of 1000 domestic animal owners University of Portsmouth psychologist Paul Morris found examples where jealous dogs became “uninvited chaperones between couples sharing romantic moments. ”
According to Dr. Morris, scientists have previously accepted that only humans and chimpanzees are able to experience jealousy, guilt, shame and pride.
Now he is revising his thinking, he said. He found that dogs could feel “intense pangs of jealousy” (gasp!) when its human was involved with another person or animal.
In a paper presented last month he set forth his belief that “dogs are intensely jealous creatures that experience a range of complex human-like emotions.”
This should come as no surprise to anyone who has ever experienced a human-human-dog triangle. Or has brought a new pet into the home. My daughter has personally caught on film the jealousy in a dog-dog-chew bone triangle.
It seems that the longer I live, the more “scientific studies” finally verify what we already know by observing the world we live in.