Cockapoo Jealousy

While they may be a small breed, they have huge personalities. Like other dogs, this can be a good thing and a bad thing. Often our four-legged friends can be a little too like their human owners and show undesirable traits like jealousy.

Out Experience With Luna

In our own experience with Luna our cockapoo, we have noticed that she can get rather jealous when friends come over to our house and bring their dogs. If she thinks we are giving the visiting dogs more attention, she will come over and nudge the other dogs out of the way. Although on rare occasions she has given them a growl, she is generally a friendly dog and will just nudge them out of the way, and not even in a particularly aggressive way.

Can Cockapoos Really Feel Jealousy?

There was an official study conducted that primarily focused on jealousy in dogs in general and it found that yes, they do display this trait. This survey looked at scenarios where the owner’s attention was not being given to their own dog but to another dog. Like the situation outlined above with Luna.

However, scientists strongly believe that dogs can get jealous of any other kind of sociable creature, not just other dogs. Similarly, to humans, cockapoos and other dogs have emotional and physical needs. They can feel jealous when it feels like they are not getting their needs met either because of a new member of the family or a new puppy or another animal.

Signs To Look Out for of Cockapoo Jealousy

Now that you understand that it is possible for your lovely little bundle of fur can get jealous, how do you know when this is happening? There are some signs you can look out for that show your cockapoo is acting jealously.

They Do Tricks Without Commands

One of the most obvious and dare we say, adorable, signs that your dog is a little jealous is if they perform some tricks without even being prompted. Like a small child, this is your cockapoo showing off and trying to get your attention. They want you to be impressed by what they are doing.

It goes beyond them simply thinking you are the best, as this jealousy relates to the territorial instincts that they are born with. If a new person or animal comes into the house, your cockapoo can read your body language to gauge how much you like the new addition. If they feel threatened that they may be replaced, their primal instincts are trigged which leads them to act in undesirable ways.

Aggressiveness

Another clear sign of cockapoo jealousy is if they are overly aggressive towards the new animal or member of the household that is taken your attention away from them. This aggressiveness can be manifest in various ways, such as jumping, nipping, barking or even biting.

Guarding Resources

Cockapoo jealousy offers to start with your four-legged friend guarding resources. When they feel that you might be loving someone or something else more, they start to get fretful that you may take away their favourite resources, whether it’s their toys, water or food and guarded fervently.

It’s not unusual for jealous dogs to gather all their toys and put them somewhere hidden or for them to act strangely around the feeding area. There have even been instances when cockapoos will pull hard on their lead if their owner stops to stroke and talk to other dogs and animals while out for a walk.

Causing Destruction

Along with aggressiveness, destructive behaviour is another way your cockapoo may act out their jealousy. Often, it’s the furniture that suffers. So, if your dog is normally obedient and well-behaved and starts biting, scratching and chewing at furniture, upholstery or anything else they shouldn’t be, jealousy could be the root cause.

Pushy Dog

Pushy behaviour is another obvious sign that your cockapoo is jealous. If you are giving love to your new pet or snuggling with your partner or new baby and your cockapoo tries to nudge in between you, then they are envious.

Toileting Indoors

Jealous cockapoos will often show their envious feelings through inappropriate toileting, that is, peeing and pooing indoors.

Leaving Rooms

Perhaps the politest way that your cockapoo may display jealousy is by simply leaving the room whenever the dog, animal or person that they are jealous of comes in. As dogs and cockapoos are particularly sociable creatures when they are withdrawn this is a sign that something is wrong.

Grooming Excessively

Does your dog seem to be grooming him or herself more than usual? This is normally a sign that they are stressed and if it is because there is someone else that is getting your attention, it could be fuelled by doggy jealousy.

Tips for Dealing With Cockapoo Jealousy

Now that we have established that cockapoo jealousy is a thing and you know some of the signs to look out for, what can you do to combat it? There are several steps you can take to deal with cockapoo jealousy, as outlined below.

Don’t Reward Jealous Behaviour

As is the case with children, dogs see any form of attention as good and positive attention. Therefore, if your cockapoo is struggling to get the love and attention they want, it will happily accept a scolding just as much as a stroke and a cuddle. As a result, the more you react strongly to any jealous behaviour your cockapoo displays, the more likely they will be to continue it.

A more effective approach than getting frustrated and vocal with your cockapoo is to turn around and walk out of the room without making eye contact with them. You need to be consistent. Follow the same rules you likely did when you trained them in the beginning, by only offering praise, treats or playtime when they are well-behaved.

Get Active and Train

Many cockapoo owners get into a comfortable plateau and forget that no training may have gone on with their dog since they were a puppy. If that is the situation you find yourself in with your cockapoo, and they are acting jealously, it’s time to get your tools out again, like your clicker and the treats, and start with the basics again. Both of you will find the time you spend together rewarding, and your bond will be strengthened. You will also be able to reaffirm the actions you want and the actions you don’t want from them.

Two of the healthiest ways you can interact with your dog are by exercising and teaching them something new. If a new person or animal has come into your home, you need to take extra measures to ensure time is spent on these kinds of activities every week. If your cockapoo is particularly stubborn, he or she may need extra motivation to get out of their negative behavioural patterns. Dog trainers are a great resource for help with issues you may have trouble dealing with yourself.

New Family Members or Partners

When a new family member or partner comes into your home, your cockapoo may feel upstaged and pushed to the side. One of the most effective ways to deal with this issue is by making sure you include the new person in the things your cockapoo loves to do most – playing, walking, and eating.

As we have already noted, you should not reward bad behaviour, but you need to make sure your cockapoo understands that the person is not going anywhere. Rather than giving them lots of treats to use to bribe your cockapoo, let them give your dog treats when they display good behaviour. Once your cockapoo has developed positive associations with the new member of the household, they’ll see them as another member of the family and be less jealous.

New Dogs and Animals

When you bring a new dog into your household, it is a scary experience for your cockapoo. They see it as a threat that they may be replaced. The best way to deal with this situation is by being as far as you possibly can. Give out treats to the dogs only if they are behaving nicely with each other. This will encourage them to develop positive associations with one another and help both to finetune their obedience.

Another effective way of dealing with this is by taking both dogs on walks together to develop a strong pack mentality between them. As dogs, especially cockapoos, are incredibly sociable creatures and used to running in packs, you can help push the concept of them being a team rather than rivals.

New Babies

When new babies come into the household, they pose an especially huge challenge for cockapoos as dogs can pick up on your body language that you are very much invested in the small human. The best way to start to manage a situation like this is by letting your cockapoo sniff an outgrown piece of clothing or blanket that smells of your baby and giving them a reward if they act calmly.

Consistency is always important and when it comes to your dog’s schedule you must try to keep it as like the way it was before the baby arrived as possible. Don’t forget to have lots of positive interactions with your dog too.

Conclusion

It can be frustrating dealing with a jealous cockapoo but remember to take a fair approach to it. Give your dog time for petting, exercise, and playing. Whether it’s a new member of the family, a new partner or a new animal. If you show consistency and take a caring approach, you will have the best head start at dealing with jealousy. Remember too that there is no shame in seeking out professional help if you are still struggling to rein in jealous behaviour.