Sibling rivalry is not just a human thing – it could be a dog’s, too. So, it’s not surprising at all if at least one of the pups in a litter will become extra competitive, either for attention or for limited resources, or both. After all, it’s in their DNA – whoever wins in any competition, will gain dominance over the whole pack. The dominant ones will have to do anything to win and gain whatever they want; even it means grabbing the scarce resources away from other dogs.
While canine sibling rivalry may end up in violence, this is not always the case. There are also some dogs who have learned to adopt gentler methods. After all, most dogs have already been domesticated. And it’s somewhat safe to assume that their wild instincts may have already been significantly toned down – even if they belong to aggressive breeds.
As for canine competitiveness, there’s a high likelihood that you may have experienced it one way or another if you have a couple of dogs or more at home. Have you ever tried petting one dog, but another one gets in the way to hog all of your attention? Or have you ever tried feeding treats to a dog, only to be snatched by another one?
These dogs may be competing for your attention or food, but they chose not to resort to violence, which is kind of adorable. And you know what’s another sweet dog had done recently? Try playing the video below:
my dog has ear medicine she needs and the other one also thinks he needs it too.. nobody has the heart to tell him it’s pretend.. pic.twitter.com/Vshe7dhl3b
— chloe copley (@chloecopley_05) September 12, 2018
In the video, one dog is getting an ear treatment. Noticing that his sibling is getting ‘extra’ attention, another dog waits for his turn to have his ears ‘treated.’ The owner then pretended to treat the second dog’s ears. But the dog didn’t even notice it that it wasn’t for real. He was happy. Isn’t he the cutest?
Source chloe copley via Twitter