How Dogs React to Human Pregnancy

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Do you know how dogs react to human pregnancy? Some dogs react whenever a member of a family is pregnant. This probably comes from the dog’s extraordinarily keen senses, almost like ESP for humans.

Pregnancy is no joke, especially for the women experiencing it. Certain mood swings and changes occur, both physically and emotionally. And at some point, dogs have good detection skills when it comes to sensing these changes. The level of sensitivity to these changes actually varies among the different breeds. Some breeds don’t seem to care about the pregnancy, while some others run about and have certain reactions to it.

Ever Notice How Dogs React To Human Pregnancy?

Some people believe that dogs have a sixth sense, but in reality, they just have better senses when it comes to body language and emotional changes in a person. The extraordinary senses that some dogs seem to possess may be due to the fact that they are indeed quite gifted in sensing these changes. Even emotional changes of people can be seen and detected by dogs.

Another thing is that they are also extraordinary at smelling things, such as odor changes due to the differences in a pregnant woman’s body chemistry, and many react to it.

How Dogs React to Human Pregnancy

Since dogs are capable of identifying these changes, some of them react to them, especially if their master happens to be the pregnant woman. Different postural behaviors can occur, and the dog might start acting weird towards his/her owner. Some dogs may even growl or be overprotective of their owner, and their moods might change. And other dogs may start following their master everywhere.

While these pregnancy stresses for dogs can occur, there are still ways to treat them. If the dog is already well-trained, dealing with its behavior is much easier. One way is to set up clear rules and boundaries around the house and wherever you take your dog. Try giving him some basic commands and help him focus when these situations occur. Once the owner has forcefully taken control of the situation, the dog will feel more relaxed and the tension should go away.

In some areas, there are programs by different organizations that focus on counseling families on treating their dogs that are experiencing this kind of pregnancy stress. The basic key to helping your dog out of this stress is providing him with good care and extra attention to his emotional needs. Dogs in this kind of situation need to be calmed down so they can avoid unwanted annoyance to the family. It is just a matter of preparing the dog for the new baby, and good planning should be established for times when emotions will be a fact of life. Most pregnant women themselves experience emotional stress, and it will be likely “rub off on” the dog. And this is why the dog needs to be properly trained so it can relax to make way for the new member of the family.

Having an idea of how dogs react to human pregnancy will help you when the happy event occurs in your family. You’ll know what to look out for, and can thus keep any problems from becoming serious.

Did you experience unusual dog behavior when there was a pregnancy in your family? Please share below.

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  1. Before birth put baby carrier in living area on the floor if needbe for a week or two.
    When baby is born have someone bring home an article of ckothing or blanket the baby was in, and put it in infant carrier until the baby cones home so the pet has a little time to adjust beforehand.

  2. When I was expecting my second baby my dog, a terrier would get on my lap, flop over and lay in my arms like a baby and go to sleep. It was if he was getting me in practice to feed the baby. After the baby was born, he never did that again and nothing I would do would get him to lay in my arms like a baby! The worse part, my husband was actually jealous of the dog because of how he would get in my lap!

  3. We have two dogs and I am currently pregnant. My Australian Shepherd has become extra affectionate and mildly protective of me around other people. However my boyfriends chocolate lab has been a nightmare. He now is defensive with me all the time, acting dominant, and biting on a fairly regular basis. My Aussie wants to be protective of me with him, but he is much bigger and more aggressive than she is, so mostly she will just whine or bark and look scared and helpless when he gets bad with me. We just had to send him out to stay with my boyfriend’s parents, where he acts totally normal, so no one really believes me about how bad he is when is just me and the dogs at home.

  4. When I became pregnant my pit bull sadie has become very protective and needy. She won’t let me go near other dogs (besides the little dog we have) and by won’t let me I mean when were out for a walk and she sees another dog she starts pulling HARD to go in the opposite direction n she follows me every where and has even started going potty on our upstairs landing despite multiple walks and when she’s out side refuses to poop. She’s a very well trained dog so all this behavior is very not normal for her! I still have 11 weeks until I’m due and I want to make sure my dog is ready for this baby what do you recommend?

  5. Man all dogs are outdoor dogs….what do you guys think …they have the skills to build a home and a toilet n etc….lord y’all are bein verbally abusive and ignorantly influence…dogs are wild animals that man domesticated….

    • Well, not all dogs want to be outside dogs all the time. I have an Australian Shepherd / Blue Heeler mix and although I leave the back door open for him so that he can go outside whenever he wants to yet, he wants to be where I am so he stays mostly indoors. Dogs are pack animals and need that love and affection that we good owners provide them. What is cruel and abusive is purchasing a dog and putting them in the backyard and spend very little time with them. I have a dog that I am aware of that spends all of his time out doors. They feed and water him in the morning and then spend no time with him. He’s hungry for attention. My dog has the option to sleep in the bed with me or anywhere he feels like. My friend’s ex-husband truly believed that me and my dog, Motley, have such a special bond that he truly knows what I am saying to him. I do have to admit, he is smart as well.

      Yes, my dog could be out in the wild running free but dogs in the wild typically do not live as long lives as what a domesticated dog does. Out in the wild there are many more opportunities for them to get killed, starve to death, die of heat stroke or hypothermia. My beautiful boy will never have to suffer any kind of emotional, physical or food lack and he is aware of how very much he is loved. Not just by me but by everyone that meets him because he IS an EXCEPTIONAL dog.