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    Well, at least 1 published study now believes that dogs do feel and can express jealousy.

    Media article
    http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and...eel-jealousy-0

    Study publication in journal
    http://www.plosone.org/article/info%...l.pone.0094597


    Abstract

    It is commonly assumed that jealousy is unique to humans, partially because of the complex cognitions often involved in this emotion. However, from a functional perspective, one might expect that an emotion that evolved to protect social bonds from interlopers might exist in other social species, particularly one as cognitively sophisticated as the dog. The current experiment adapted a paradigm from human infant studies to examine jealousy in domestic dogs. We found that dogs exhibited significantly more jealous behaviors (e.g., snapping, getting between the owner and object, pushing/touching the object/owner) when their owners displayed affectionate behaviors towards what appeared to be another dog as compared to nonsocial objects. These results lend support to the hypothesis that jealousy has some “primordial” form that exists in human infants and in at least one other social species besides humans.
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    I read this on IFLS earlier :yep:

    Interesting research, but it this not an example of anthropomorphism?


    To address this gap in our knowledge, University of California San Diego researchers used a method developed to investigate jealousy in human infants to probe this emotion in dogs. They recorded the behavior of 36 dogs in their own homes as their owners ignored them and played with 3 different items: a stuffed animated dog that barked and wagged its tail, a jack-o’-lantern or a book.

    The owners were asked to treat the stuffed dog and the lantern as if they were dogs and to read the book out loud.
    Researchers then assessed the responses of the dogs in terms of aggressiveness, attention seeking behavior and interest in the owner/object. They found that the dogs displayed significantly more jealous behaviors when the owner was playing with the fake dog compared with the other items.

    All of the dogs nuzzled their owners when they were engaging with the stuffed dog and a significant number tried to get in between them or nudged the fake dog out of the way. Furthermore, 42% of the dogs snapped at the fake dog, whereas only one did so at the other 2 objects. Interestingly, 86% of the dogs sniffed the stuffed toy’s butt, indicating they believed it was a real dog. Taken together, these results suggested that the dogs viewed this toy dog as a rival.
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    (Original post by Neuth)
    I read this on IFLS earlier :yep:

    Interesting research, but it this not an example of anthropomorphism?
    Well, it is sort of. Anthropomorphism is deliberately attributing human traits like emotion to stuff otherwise incapable of doing so. In this case, they havent attributed jealousy to the dogs, they have observed jealousy.

    The difference is like writing a story about a dog and creating a dog character and giving him a jealous personality - That is anthropomorphism. Carrying out a study in which you FIND that dogs are capable of behaving in the same way that we define as "jealousy" is different.
 
 
 
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