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Dogs can become jealous the same way people can. A Labradoodle will usually want your full attention and affection, whether someone else walks into the room or another dog approaches you inside or outside your home.
In other words, dog jealousy can be directed at people or other dogs. The driving force behind the jealousy is the same either way – the dog's desire and drive to be supreme in and around his own household.
Some breeds have a strong guarding instinct. This protective instinct is akin to jealousy in some ways, and is based on the same sort of thing – the dog's desire to prevent a person (or some other dog) from coming too close to his owner.
Jealousy in a Labradoodle usually manifests itself by a show of aggression toward the person or dog that is inspiring the jealousy. Jealously in a Labradoodle is often fairly mild and is usually focused on a favorite toy, bone or area of the rug the dog enjoys.
A Labradoodle will guard those objects zealously, and heaven help someone who tries to take them away.
Jealousy is especially prevalent when several puppies are raised together in the same home.
When a mother dog's pups reach about three months of age, the mother's maternal instincts start fading and she will begin to feel jealous of the attention the puppies are receiving.
Despite the owner's attempts to treat all the dogs equally - playing with them, feeding them and talking to them all at the same time – the jealousy often continues to mount.
At first, correcting a jealous Labradoodle is effective. Over time, though, the corrections become less and less effective. The mother dog wants to turn the pups out of the nest, as she would in the wild.
She views her grown pups as unwanted intruders in her territory. As time goes on and the now-adult pups continue to live in the home, her temper worsens.
Things can grow worse when the owner tries to make the pups feel as welcome in the home as the more-established mother dog.
In some cases the mother will turn on the owner as he or she is trying to make peace in the family.
When this happens it almost seems like she's trying to teach the owner that it's time for her pups to go out into the world and make their own home.
If you're an experienced dog handler, you'll know how to train your dogs to obey a "Leave" command when you're at home with them.
But if you have a jealous Labradoodle, the real danger arises when your dogs are home together while you're away.
The older, more established dog could become jealous and aggressive if a younger dog even comes close to the older dog's food bowl, toy or bone. If that happens, the fur could fly.
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