Changes in Emotions and Routines
When pregnant, your emotions and normal routines take a dramatic change. It just happens as your body adjusts to the new way of life for the next nine months. Since your best friend is used to a certain routine, they will notice when you change.
For example, if the walks aren’t as long and a certain room is different in the house, they notice it. It’s because a dog is quite sensitive and gets accustomed to certain things and practices. Seeing you tired, walking slower, or any other behavioral change confirms what they smell.
How can dogs sense pregnancy before you know?
So, what might give dogs the ability to detect pregnancy before the pregnant person knows themselves? The answer may lie in their physiology or their temperament.
A dog’s sense of smell is substantially better than a human’s. In fact, dogs can differentiate between anywhere from 30,000 to 100,000 different scents and have 60 times more scent receptors than humans. But can dogs sense pregnancy in humans? Although there haven’t been any scientific studies that have examined specifically whether dogs can pick up the scent of a pregnant person, anecdotal evidence suggests that it may be possible. The hormonal changes during pregnancy may cause subtle changes to the person’s scent that are detectable only to their canine companion. It’s likely that the dog senses some change in the owners smell, but cannot identify such a specific reason as pregnancy. Take a quiz Find out how Flo can help you
Will Your Dog’s Behavior Change While You or Your Partner Is Pregnant?
Pay attention to your pup during your pregnancy, and you may notice a few subtle changes in their behaviors. While, of course, we cant attribute it all to the bundle of joy in your belly, its still sweet to think they are already looking out for their sibling-to-be. Here, vets describe how your pups demeanor may shift throughout the pregnancy.
How to Tell If Your Dog is Pregnant (Without Dog Pregnancy Test)
If you have a dog, theyre no doubt an integral part of your life. A dog in the family means having a best friend who is always by your side, ready for a walk or a snuggle — or to pick up that tantalizing chip you just dropped. Given just how much time humans spend with their pups, its only natural for them to perceive that something is up when youre expecting. But can dogs sense pregnancy?
Dogs are incredibly perceptive creatures. They can notice changes in their owners mood, and theyre keenly aware of body language — thats why they look sheepish when you scold them for chewing up your favorite shoe. As a result, they tend to follow your lead. If youre happy and relaxed, then chances are your doggo is going to get the hint and initiate a game of fetch or beg for a nice long walk. On the other hand, if youre feeling down, your four-legged friend might cuddle up next to you in hopes of providing a little extra comfort.
This means most dogs will definitely know things are a bit different if youre pregnant. Whether morning sickness has you feeling grim or your doggo is receiving less attention as prep for babys arrival begins, theyll know something is up. However, theyre not likely to suspect that something is a tiny human who is about to change their lives (and yours) forever.