The opportunity to bring a new life into the world is an opportunity many women cherish dearly and so they do everything in their power to ensure that their pregnancy goes well. That includes changing their routines, their eating habits, and later on in the pregnancy, working women will often opt to go on maternity leave.
The bottom line is that many changes happen over the course of a pregnancy and if you have a pet dog at home, he/she will likely notice that something’s up.
This article from the American Kennel Club notes that a dog’s strong sense of smell will be able to detect changes in a pregnant woman’s scent and understand that something has changed, although the canine may not be exactly sure what is different.
Because your dog knows something has changed, he/she may start to act differently as well. Listed below are some of the signs hinting that your dog is clued in to the fact that you’re pregnant.
The Dog Becomes More Territorial
One day during your pregnancy, you may notice that your dog has urinated all over your home and even destroyed some of the toys you bought for your soon-to-be-arriving baby.
Are these signs that the dog training sessions didn’t work out? Not exactly, but Pedigree does note that they are signs of a dog who senses that something is different.
It can be frustrating dealing with those behavioral changes. Not all dogs will exhibit those signs, but if your dog does show them, know that they are just reacting to you.
The Dog Becomes More Affectionate and Protective
Some of the behavioral changes your dog will show while you are pregnant are positive. For instance, you may observe that your dog has become more affectionate. That means you may be in for more kisses from your dog.
Dogs may also become more protective once they sense a change in you. This change in behavior can be annoying at times, but still, it comes from a place of love.
Dogs keep such a watchful eye (and nose) over us that it’s no surprise that they can also tell once something big like a pregnancy happens. Hopefully, the changes in your pet will be easier to handle so that he/she doesn’t become more of a handful during your pregnancy.
If you’re having a tough time walking your dog now that you’re further along in your pregnancy, don’t hesitate to contact TAILored Pet Services for assistance. We will be more than happy to help during this important time. Please feel free to contact us at 425-923-7791 or visit our website.