Dogs have the unique ability to sense things that people believe they should have no idea about. Shockingly, dogs seem like they understand the changes being made in a woman’s body when she is pregnant. We attribute this uncanny knowledge to dogs’ ability to smell things that humans can’t even fathom.
When it comes to pregnancy, scientists believe that dogs can smell hormone changes in a pregnant woman’s body, which is how they know that something is different. In this article, we will find out just how dogs are able to sense that a woman is pregnant and try to determine just how much dogs know.
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Signs Dogs Can Sense Babies in the Womb
Even though dogs don’t really understand that the changes happening in a pregnant woman mean that a baby is arriving in a few months, they can see changes in a pregnant woman’s body language, mood, posture, behavior, and body chemistry. They can smell changes in hormones.
Dogs may also notice that there are changes in your daily schedule. For example, a pregnant woman may not be able to take the dog for a walk every evening. Instead, she might need to spend more time in bed or relaxing on the couch.
Your dog may also notice that a pregnant woman’s body looks different than it did before or than that of other women your dog is familiar with. Your dog can see that bellies are growing and getting bigger.
Additionally, dogs may see that the pregnant woman is bringing new things into the house and that the layout of the home is changing. As you continue to bring new baby things into your home, your dog is likely to realize that something is happening.
During pregnancy, many women report that their dogs become extremely protective of them. Some have even said that their dogs will prevent others from coming near them—even if they are family members that the dog is familiar with.
- Exposed teeth
- Becoming extra protective of a pregnant woman
- Taking special interest in a pregnant woman's belly
- Reacting to a changing environment
History of Dogs Being Able to Sense Babies in the Womb
Dog have lived with families for thousands of years. This means that dogs have been around pregnant women for thousands of years. Over all of this time, there have been all kinds of clues that dogs have left for us that show that they understand that something is different when women are pregnant. You have probably noticed that your dog acts differently around pregnant women, and that is due to the fact that they can sense that something has changed.
Many dogs will become more affectionate toward a pregnant owner. They may also become even more protective than normal. Sometimes, dogs will even “protect” their pregnant owner from people that they are familiar with, including their husbands and other family members.
It is important to remember that your dog has feelings, and some of the things that change during pregnancy may be upsetting to your pooch. Watch to see how their behavior changes, and if they need to get training or attention or something else, you can find a way to help them. Sometimes, dogs will start to urinate around the house, chew on new items brought in for the baby, or become agitated and uncooperative.
Science Behind Dogs Sensing Babies in the Womb
We all know that dogs have an amazing sense of smell. While humans can’t smell hormones, dogs can. They can smell the hormones associated with pregnancy, and these smells may cause them to have some sort of reaction to a pregnant woman. Dogs are likely to also see a number of changes, including changes in the way a pregnant woman looks and how she acts.
Even though your dog may not be able to understand what is going on, they can tell that something is different. The fact that dogs can even tell that things are changing tells us that they notice a lot more in their surroundings than people used to believe.
Dealing with Dogs Sensing Babies in the Womb
Not all dogs will handle their owner’s pregnancy the same way. While some dogs won’t seem to care much, others may start to act out. It isn’t always easy for a dog to deal with the sensory overload that might be associated with pregnant women. You need to be calm and patient with your pooch during this time, which can be difficult when hormones are involved.
You will want to monitor your dog’s attitude and mannerisms. If you notice that your dog is urinating around your home or that they are chewing on the new items that you are bringing into your home for the baby, you should consider contacting a dog trainer. They might be able to help you get your dog back on track.
Dogs that become overly protective of their pregnant owners can also cause problems for their owners. While these dogs are well-intentioned, it is important that you deal with the aggression that they are displaying. It is definitely behavior that you should take seriously, because your dog could injure someone in an attempt to protect you from a perceived danger that may not actually exist to you.
Regardless of how your dog behaves during your pregnancy, you will also want to be cautious when it comes to introducing your dog to your new baby. Babies are very delicate, and even the nicest, gentlest dog could injure a baby unintentionally.
You need to introduce your dog to the new baby slowly. This means that you don’t want to leave your pooch alone with the baby at any time. Over time, your dog will get used to the new sights and sounds associated with the baby and become less likely to cause a problem.
How to React to a Dog Sensing Pregnancy:
Give them the attention they need.
Get them any training that they need before the baby arrives.
Slowly introduce them to the new baby.