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How Dogs React to Human Pregnancy

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.



  1. robynhavard

    Mar 7, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    I am 15 weeks pregnant and the last few days my female chiwoxy has started humping me a lot! Im not sure why, she doesn't do it to my husband, only me! It is so weird, she sniffs my arm and if i have a sweater or long sleeved shirt on she nibbles and humps. Strangest thing!

  2. Ivette

    Jan 26, 2017 at 6:16 am

    I have a male Chihuahua (Loki) he is 2 yrs old and for the past 2 years he has been the baby of the house, he is so spoiled and he sleeps with me. I'm 36 weeks pregnant now, at the beginning he was very close and I couldn't get away from him because he would whine a lot towards the middle of my pregnancy he became distant from me but very close to other members of my family. Now that I'm at the end he has been close again bit he started doing things, like scratching himself a lot or licking exsively sometimes biting at his paw, and he actually hurts himself. I had taken him to the vet and everything was fine, he eats well sleeps well he is playful but from time to time he starts doing those things, I was just wondering can he be stressed or something since I'm so close to having the baby. Which means soon he will have to share my attention.

  3. Traci

    Jan 19, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    I am currently 4 1/2 months pregnant. My Great Dane has been following me more than usual. Whining when I walk away, won’t let me go to the bathroom alone. I figured it was because I am pregnant. She had a vet appointment today for happy tail. One of the girls jokingly said to her when rubbing her belly ” your nipples are bigger than a pregnant cow” and laughed. It didn’t click to me until we got home and was laying in bed as I seen a milk drop sitting on her nipple. I’m like oh wow now I know what’s going on. A few years ago our other dog was doing the same thing. Vet said it is false pregnancy because I was pregnant during the time. It went away but came back. One night I had woke up to check on the baby and I look over to her crib the dog was laying next to her what looked like trying to be protective. I had to make the dog get out and couldn’t allow the dog to sleep in the room for a few weeks. I know it wasn’t my dogs fault but I didn’t want anything to happen to my baby either. But anywho this is try! Female dogs will lactate while you’re pregnant.

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  5. Sandra

    Jan 2, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    I am on my 36th pregnancy week. I own two japanese spitzs, a male and a female. Since a week ago my female started moaning and crying and wants to stay with me all the time. It’s driving me nuts, i am studying a master degree and i can’t have a minute by my own!

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