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If you're pregnant and you've noticed some odd personality changes in your dog, and maybe even some undesirable behaviors, you're not alone. According to Jennifer Shryock, Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, dogs really recognize all the subtle, and not so subtle, changes a woman's body goes through during pregnancy. Your dog may seem confused by the scent change and act a little reluctant to be too close to you. Your dog may respond to your new scent by acting more affectionate and protective toward you.
Your dog may actually remain happily oblivious to the entire change going on and continue to behave normally.
Unless you were full-figured before the pregnancy, your body is going to increase noticeably in size.
The confusion some pets feel during the pregnancy sometimes results in undesirable behaviors. If your dog has already been trained, it's a good time to start putting him through his paces to respond to the various commands. If necessary, restrict your dog's run of the house to limit the areas where he soils until he's reliable again. When the baby arrives, you'll all be operating around his schedule, so it's a good idea to accustom your dog to flexibility. Exercise your dog at odd times, in addition to his regular schedule, so changes won't upset him too much.
Consider installing a dog door so your pet isn't completely dependent on you when he needs to go outside. One of the most important things you can do for your dog is accustom him to the presence of someone else in your lap.
As the pregnancy progresses, the most important thing you can do for your pet is remain aware of how the changes in your life may affect him. Hi Marissa,The change in your own scent, due to your pregnancy, is probably what's driving your dog to mark territory in your bed. Hi Connie,Pregnancy brings change, and although I'm not sure if it has ever been scientifically proven, dogs can probably smell the change in hormones when a woman becomes pregnant. Hi Kato,There's a bit of a psychological shift going on in your relationship with your dog right now.
Our dog was a calm one who rarely barked at passers-by, but immediately after a homebirth of our 5th child, our dog was growling and lunging at our neighbor's kids, kids that were friends of the family and kids that were complete strangers. Dams still need normal amounts of calcium in their diets, and they can get that with a good quality dog food. Extra calcium is given only after pups are born, and during active labor to help with contractions—this is another reason, other than for teeth and bone growth of pups, for giving calcium. Vet can palpate (feel) and possibly detect pregnancy  between days 27 and 31(after day 32, fluids increase to protect pups and making palpating not possible). At this time the fetuses begin to look like dogs; their toes, whiskers and claws all are developing.

Although this section is based on a whelping of an English Mastiff, it also contains good general whelping information on large-breed dogs. Hormonal, needy, clingy, weepy and aggressive: pregnancy is blamed for much wild and unpredictable behaviour in the female of the species.
Added to this, in the preceding seven months of my pregnancy, she has never behaved like this before. Many pet owners have reported a bizarre change in their dogs since sporting a baby bumpMy husband refused point blank to believe me when I told him the story later that evening.So, to prove the point, I bent down on the kitchen floor next to Maxi and lifted up my T-shirt. She’s also incredibly placid and I have never seen her act in an aggressive manner towards either a human being or another dog. Dr Karen London, an animal behaviourist, said visual signals tell a dog that there is something very different going on‘These visual signals tell a dog that there is something very different going on,’ she says.Dr London also suggests dogs respond to the heat and movement generated around the stomach area and, on some occasions, may be able to detect the actual heartbeat of the baby. Okay, there is one sexual activity that is considered high-risk during pregnancy, so we are obligated to disclose it. If you haven't already noticed, your wife's sniffer is sharper than a hound dog's these days, thanks to the extra estrogen circulating in her body.
Believe it or not, your dog can actually smell the difference in your body chemistry after you become pregnant. While some pets don't seem to register any notice of a growing belly, other dogs, especially smaller ones, may actually appear a little apprehensive about your new shape and changes in the way you move as the pregnancy progresses. In fact, many dogs take their cues from their owners, and readily welcome the baby into the home. You can do this yourself if you're in the beginning stages of pregnancy, or you may want to ask your partner to attend training classes with your dog instead. That change in her usual scent probably confuses the dog and might even make him feel a little insecure.
Going through obedience training with your dog (even if you've already done this before) will reinforce your role as her leader, and it really sounds like she needs that right now. NEVER leave your dam alone after day 56, unless you are taking regular temperatures, including during the night, so you know she is not going into labor.
Calcium during the pushing stage of labor will make the muscles contract at that specific moment. If you did not worm her prior to mating (which is standard), then get a mild wormer that is made for pregnant dams. Picture posed by modelThe dogs then stay with their owners for life under the care of the charity.‘Dogs can smell the amount of sugar in the blood,’ says Claire Guest, the charity’s CEO.
I find it difficult to get up out of chairs and I have started to waddle.I have also become much more affectionate towards her because I feel anxious about the pregnancy and have become emotionally needy without realising. Besides the fact that almost all of her biological resources are going toward creating a human, extra doses of progesterone surge into her blood supply during early pregnancy, making her super-sluggish and sleepy. Avoid the missionary position after month four, when the weight of her uterus could put pressure on major blood vessels (women are advised not to sleep on their backs, as well, in the second half of pregnancy).
The scent of hot dogs on a street cart or steamed broccoli in a salad bar can send her running for the loo.

In cases like this, the main concern may actually be protecting the baby from your dog's overly enthusiastic affections. The behavior is undesirable, but it's probably only temporary as long as you're cleaning his accidents with the enzymatic cleaner.For the time being, I recommend that you make the bedroom off limits to your dog.
Insecure dogs sometimes behave a little aggressively, such as the behavior your Morkie is displaying now.You don't have to put him out of the bed right now if you don't want to, but I would recommend making him sleep near the foot of the bed just to remind him that you and your husband are still higher than him in the family pack. I am now 21 weeks pregnant and last week he started growling and even nipping us if we moved in our sleep. It is my first pregnancy, and I have never seen her do this in all the 9 years we've spent together. I am afraid the trust is broken to the point that even trying to train the dog to respond differently will be futile or dangerous if our dog decides to return to old behaviors and someone actually gets hurt.
Not only does he have me to contend with (aged 41 and 29 weeks pregnant with our first child), but it seems the sudden surge of hormones in the house is having a strange effect on our dog. We're also betting you're wondering what your sex life will be like during the next nine months.
Plus, the increased blood flow that accompanies pregnancy could be engorging her vulva, making her extra sensitive and more "ready" for sex. If his behavior gets worse instead of better, that will be the time to make the bed off limits.The good news is that your dog's behavior is more than likely just temporary, so be kind but consistent with him so he understands your expectations for his behavior.
Some dogs do change behavior with a newborn in the house, but that doesn't guarantee this is the situation with your pet. If you're consistent with this, and everyone in your household is consistent, you should be able to rehabilitate her behavior. As for humping your other dog, this is dominance behavior, which ties in with her behavior towards you.
That leaves the second trimester as a welcome respite from the rigors of expecting, a period when many women exhibit that pregnancy glow and experience a return of energy and well, horniness. During the third trimester, forgo oral sex altogether if you've ever had oral herpes, even if you're not currently exhibiting symptoms. Better to see if you can rule out illness first, and pehaps ask the vet to evaluate her behavior. Dogs really do want to know where they belong in the family pack, even if they aren't the leader.
Working your dog in this manner will assure her you're still in charge, and she can then relax more and not try to dominate you and your other dog so much.This won't be a super quick fix, but I'm sure you'll make progress with her if you stick with it.
She will most likely get back to being her old self once the pregnancy is over and she adjusts to having the new baby in the house.Best wishes for a safe delivery and a healthy baby.

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