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There was an article in the New York Times yesterday about whether or not
dogs are capable of an advanced and complex emotion like jealously or do
they just want the attention of their owners.

I think they want the attention of their owners, especially when the owners
are paying attention to something else. I always thought it was jealously.

I know my dog wants nothing to do with me in the early evening and stays
in her bed or under the couch. If I go on the phone though, while I am sitting
down, she jumps on my lap until I say "Goodbye," and then jumps off and
goes back under the couch or in her bed. That is what little kids do too.

Is this jealously, or just wanted attention?

Jul 24th new

Yes, Marianne, I do believe that dogs and cats experience emotions, including jealousy; though they handle them more behaviorally than cognitively. bulldog

Jul 24th new
My dog back talks me if I do something she doesn't like. But truthfully, I think they just want attention. My dog runs to talk on the phone when she hears me calling someone and she will whack her head against my chest when she wants pet. She acts very needy a lot, but she also will hang out by herself.
Jul 25th new
Yes, they can be jealous if you pay more attention to anything other than them. When my Queen wants to be petted, she wouldn't hesitate to smack at my tomcat if he's too close to me for her liking.
My cats are fine when they're full, when they want "me" time hiding/hunting, or if it's nap time, 'though.
Jul 25th new
Dogs can show you they're sorry

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Jul 25th new
(quote) Carol-1007500 said:

.... though they handle them more behaviorally than cognitively.

I've never once heard a confessor's cat or dog agitating outside the confessional wanting to be let in. Is this lack of jealousy behavioural or cognitive?

Or sump'n?

Jul 25th new
(quote) Roystan-340472 said:

I've never once heard a confessor's cat or dog agitating outside the confessional wanting to be let in. Is this lack of jealousy behavioural or cognitive?

Or sump'n?

biggrin Interesting concept about the confessional. biggrin biggrin
Jul 25th new
(quote) Peter-449116 said: Dogs can show you they're sorry

http://tinyurl.com/l3pwxeb

I think the dog was trying to get rid of the kid by burying it in toys so it would

not get upset when the dog took its toy. Very cute.

Jul 25th new
(quote) Katie-792377 said: My dog back talks me if I do something she doesn't like. But truthfully, I think they just want attention. My dog runs to talk on the phone when she hears me calling someone and she will whack her head against my chest when she wants pet. She acts very needy a lot, but she also will hang out by herself.

So your dog knows the phone concept also. They are pretty smart. They
probably have no concept of what is really going on, but want to get in on
the action anyway.

Jul 25th new
(quote) Carol-1007500 said:

Yes, Marianne, I do believe that dogs and cats experience emotions, including jealousy; though they handle them more behaviorally than cognitively.

That makes sense.

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