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Dog have known since time began that pets get jealous, but now a new has shown that it is true. A professor from the University of California conducted into what makes dogs jealous. Dr Christine Harris first decided to investigate jealousy after she noticed behaviour among her parents' three border collies. She noticed that when she stroked two of the at the same time, they became aggressive towards each other. Both dogs tried to knock her away from the other so they could receive attention. She said: "To me, that fit with the core motivation of jealousy….I was petting them with both my hands, not just one. They wanted attention. That got me to thinking about jealousy in dogs."

Professor Harris adapted a jealousy test used on young children. Her research team conducted tests on 36 different dogs in their homes and videoed their . The dogs' owner had to read a short from a book while petting a toy dog that wagged its and a Halloween lantern. Harris wanted to see how the dogs reacted to their petting the toy dog, as well as looking at if they had any to the petting of the lantern. She noticed that the dogs were as likely to be jealous of the toy dog. A third of the dogs tried to muscle in between the toy and its . Professor Harris thinks it is important to understand jealousy . She said: "Jealousy is the third-leading of non-accidental homicide across cultures."

 
 

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