Jealous of Your Boyfriend’s Dog?
Men with dogs are adorable, right? They get extra points for showing that they can love and take care of someone other than themselves, and there’s something so sweetly sexy about watching a guy snuggling with a a big ball of fur.
But what happens when that ball of fur gets more attention from your man than you do? Is it crazy to start feeling jealous of a four-legged family member? Crazy or not, for some of us it’s an all-too-real scenerio.
So if you’re going green with envy every time your boyfriend pulls out the Frisbee and starts playing fetch with Fido, you’re going to have to figure out how to cope or you’re gonna go nuts. Try these tips and hold on to your sanity, your dignity, and your man!
- Make an effort to connect and bond with his pet. You might feel less jealous if you can get in on the snuggle pile too!
- Appreciate what the pet has to offer. Pets are great companions because they make us laugh, they’re wonderful listeners, and they always seem to offer comfort at just the right moments. Remember that your significant other might be a different, more stressed out person if he didn’t have a pet.
- Take up a new hobby. Find something interesting to fill the time when your guy starts clipping Fido’s nails or begins an embarrassingly juvenile game of dog-wrestling right in the middle of the living room. Read that book your friend recommended, start an exercise program, or take a class on making pottery.
- Talk about it. Shocking, I know, but it really can work. Just remember to be constructive, compassionate, and be ready to suggest some realistic ideas for solutions if he’s open to them (and no, getting rid of the dog isn’t an option!).