It is completely possible that your dog can hear an unborn baby’s heartbeat in the womb. They may also be able to hear your baby cry in the womb, which can start at about 28 weeks. No matter what they are hearing, it is unavoidable that dogs know that there is something going on in the body of a pregnant woman.
Dr. Barrack points out that changes at home will always have an effect on a dog. “Your dog is smart enough to pick up on these changes during pregnancy, both in a physical way — which is how your body will be changing, your stomach, your smell — and in an emotional way, such as your feelings and your mood,” she says.
Can your dog hear your unborn baby’s heartbeat?
As a soon-to-be dad, I’ve been noting some changes in my mini huskies as my wife edges closer to her due date.
My female pup is particularly close to my wife, looking to sleep next to her belly or between her legs.
This prompted the question: can my mini husky hear our baby’s heartbeat in the womb?
So I spoke to five experts across a range of different fields to try to learn more about this topic.
James Davenport, Behavior Specialist, Canine Behaviorist and Editor of Dog Advisor HQ
Can dogs hear an unborn baby’s heartbeat?
Research is inconclusive. Most scientists believe that dogs cannot specifically hear an unborn baby’s heartbeat, but rather they are hearing the totality of all of the noises within the uterus, as well as mommy’s stomach noises.
Can dogs hear babies crying in the womb?
No. Research has shown that, during the third trimester, if startled, babies exhibit all of the physical characteristics of crying in the womb (facial grimaces, breathing patterns consistent with crying, and a facial settling/relaxing) afterward, scientists found that there is no audible sound. Also, the uterus is such a noisy environment with mom’s biological functions that most noises would be drowned out anyway.
Can Dogs Hear Babies in the Womb? Probably.
The fact that canines can recognize changes in weather well before humans has always been intriguing. Nowadays, it has been determined that dogs can detect cancers in humans, as well as give warnings of impending heart attacks or seizures. So it should not be surprising that dogs can hear babies in the womb.
Dogs can hear in the ultrasound range, which means they can hear sound waves around 50,000 to 65,000 cycles per second. A human’s maximum sound range is only 20,000 cycles per second.
Human babies cry inside the womb, as early as the 28th week of pregnancy. Their response to loud noises bring about in utero crying, which a dog may be able to hear.
Some people wonder if dogs can hear a fetal heartbeat. That’s not likely. However, it’s safe to say your pet is aware on some level of the changes your body is undergoing.
A dog’s sense of smell, which is also much stronger than that of humans (at least a million times better!), may enable them to “smell” a pregnancy through hormonal changes in the body of the mom-to-be. According to Dr. Raymond Van Lienden, DVM, “Just because we do not consciously react to these, it is not unusual for animals to react.”
Whether it is because of the sound of the baby crying in the womb, a certain smell or hormonal changes in a pregnant woman’s body, some dogs do become noticeably overprotective of their expectant owner. Growling, barking and even blocking the way so others cannot get near Mom are common behaviors of our canine pets.
How do dogs act when your pregnant?
Depending on the dog’s personality and the physical and emotional changes of the pregnant woman, the dog may display one or more of these behavioral changes: Increased affection for—and protection of—the pregnant woman. Agitation, growling, barking, and being uncooperative. Urinating around the house.
Can my dog feel my baby in my belly?
Can dogs feel your heartbeat?
What do dogs do when they sense your pregnant?
Can dogs hear fetal movement?
But not only does the dog hear the heartbeat of the fetus, it can sense changes in the fetus and actually hear the baby’s thoughts once the spirit is present.