My two will take turns. As soon as one jumps off my lap, the other will jump up. They will at times push each other out of the way, but the "loser" just waits his turn. Dozer usually gets first turn because he will jump up sooner.
Some times there is competition but Sabian usually gives in. Pearly isn't really a cuddler so not much of a problem. To cuddle with Beau I have to get on the floor because he can't get on the furniture. This makes Pearly kind of jealous but she just looks at me and whines she doesn't intrude. yvonne
"It's not a problem at all, just a point of curiosity."
Goes back to dogs do what works. Is it jelousy or more likely that the dog is to get some attention when you are giving another some? If you are more likely to pet a second dog while petting another guess what you'll have two dogs to pet.
If you don't want pushy behavior don't reward it. never bet the intruder. When two dogs seek attention reward the one that sits quietly not the pushy rude dog. Often times we reward pushy rude behavior on the part of our dogs and then wonder why the dogs are pushy and rude.
Sadie is very independent & doesn't seem to care when I am loving on Spencer. He, on the other hand, is my "love thief." If I am giving Sadie any attention, he comes running for his share. When I come home & they both greet me, he does this little turn where he bumps Sadie with his butt. I think it is his way of getting her out of the way so he can get closest to me. While Sadie really does not seem to care, I try to give her attention by herself when Spencer is outside, where he enjoys being more than she does.