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.

124 COMMENTS

  1. 1. A dog is a pack animal and when you move any dog into your life you become a pack. When you shut your dog out of the pack they believe they are being ostracized. 2. Why did you get a Yorkie when you obviously had no idea about care of dogs and particularly very small dogs. 3. Why did you get a dog when you didn’t absolutely want him in then house to talk to and pick and cuddle and include in all aspects of your family life. To have a full, loving relationship with a dog is one of the most rewarding experiences any human can have. Not even another human can give you the commitment and undying love a dog will. It is not my intention to be mean I was just confused when I read your comments.

  2. I have two english Bulldogs and now that I have gotten to my third trimester they are super clingy. My boy bully has always been attached to my hip but now my girl is also all about me when she usually was more affectionate to my husband. I was wondering why they are both so clingy now that I have entered my third trimester

  3. I have a male Yorkshire that’s 6 years old. He slept outside since he was a baby till 2 weeks ago that he started crying and anxiously trying to come in the house and sleep in my lap all day, he also follows me everywhere and tries to go with me when I go out. I’ve been bloated, cramping and have been very gassy. I’ll find out this weekend if I’m pregnant.

    • You mentioned that you own a Yorkie. Do you not realize that they are INDOOR dogs? They are not an OUTDOOR breed. I can’t even imagine what that poor baby has been through. People like you don’t need to own a dog especially since you have no idea as to an indoor versus outdoor breed is. In fact no breed deserves to live outside. You disgust me.

      • I agree! That is a small dog! Bring that poor baby inside! I have a pit bull and a terrier mix, and the pit bull lives outside, as he prefers the open area to run and be free as we have several acres to run and he is too large to be inside at almost 80 lbs, but my terrier mix is 20 lbs, and would be devastated if I put her outside! Pregnant or not, bring that poor dog inside, or give her to a good home that can take better care of her.

  4. I have a 6 year old American Staffy. I rescued her when she was 3 and a half months old, when I was already pregnant. She would lay next to me with her head on my stomach. Once I gave birth, she no longer did this. I became pregnant again, and right away she would want to lay her head on my stomach. I asked the vet about this the first go round, because I wasn’t quite sure, and sure enough, she told me the dog was listening to the baby.

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