Dogs are connected to their people and their daily routines. They know when the people wake up, when and where they do certain chores, and whether it is a workday or the weekend. How? It’s quite simple: dogs are creatures of habit and they take into account the habits of those around them, too. Dogs have a keen sense of sight and smell that helps them to monitor life around them — including the changes that come with pregnancy.
Pregnancy creates hormonal changes that affect your emotions, your routines, and even your scent. Some reported changes from Moms-to-be are; over clinginess, aloofness, protectiveness, excessive attention seeking, elimination related issues, anxiety (pacing, licking etc)
If you notice unwanted changes in your dogs’ behavior here are some things to consider.
- What exactly has changed? Has the dog’s behaviour changed, or have the family’s activity level and
routines been disturbed? Is your dog reacting to changes in your behaviour?
- How is this behavior change being reinforced? Dogs do what works for them. Why and how is this
behaviour working for your dog?
- When did this change begin? Is the behaviour new, or have you ever seen it before? If so, when?
- Could there be any medical reason for the change in your dog’s behaviour? Allergies, aches and pains, and
illness make us cranky, and they affect our dogs in a similar way. Could this have a bearing on your dog’s
Each pregnancy is unique — from one woman to another or from your first pregnancy to the next. And although most pregnancies bring with them a great amount of joy, even “normal” pregnancies can be stressful. Family pets often react to this stress, and if the family is dealing with a difficult pregnancy, that stress is multiplied — for everyone.
Consistent leadership and training help to keep companion animals grounded throughout this wonderful and stressful time. You have a great deal to learn and do prior to the arrival of the baby; the good news is Bark Busters offers a great deal of support and information to help you prepare your dog for life with kids.