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Dogs get jealous when their owners are with other dogs: Study

Published on Jul 24, 2014 11:29 PM
 
A study conducted by US researchers showed that dogs show jealousy when their owners spend time with what appears to be another dog, suggesting that the emotion may have survivalist roots,. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Dogs show jealousy when their owners spend time with what appears to be another dog, suggesting that the emotion may have survivalist roots, US researchers said on Wednesday.

Scientists tested 36 dogs and their owners with an experiment in which the owners were told to play with three separate objects in front of their dog.

One of the objects was a toy dog that barked and wagged its tail when a button on it was pushed. The owners were told to play with it as if it were a real dog for one minute.

They were told to do the same in the next phase of the experiment with a toy jack-o-lantern pail, acting as if it were a dog and playing with it.

 
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