I would like to hear your collective thoughts on whether dogs experience jealousy.
I have a cross staffy/bull arab as a guest at the moment and had her in an execrcise yard. In the adjacent yard I had 2 of my BC's and a Retriever guest.
I brought the staffy in to this yard and there was a bit of "heyanewdogletssayhello" " GETOUTOFMYFACE" but that settled quickly so I let the staffy free and off she went a sniffing. All the others trailed for a minute and then resumed their own game.
After 5 minutes I sat on the grass and all but the staffy immediately gravitated to me and were all over me. The staffy was probably 20 meters away but when she saw what was happening she trotted in and immediately went into "HE'sMINEGETOFFHIM" pose. Teeth, hackles, stiff and growls. The others backed off and she was as happy as Larry. Whacking me with that steel rod they call a tail and licking me from toes to bald patch.
I put her back in her run and went back to the others. She went burko at the fence as soon as I stepped into the other run.
What do you think - was this jealousy?