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Dog Behavior During Pregnancy? 
30th-Jun-2010 11:39 am [pets]
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I know we've discussed how cats can react different around you when you're pregnant but what about dogs? My dog started licking me a lot probably a day before I found out I was pregnant. Then around week 21 he started sleeping next to my stomach. He has always slept against my husband or at our feet. But now he has to be so close to my stomach he's practically inside it. I'm curious if he's hearing the baby's heartbeat? Also for the last week and a half he's been very clingy. He wants to be held all the time. He weighs almost 25 pounds so it's not like he's a tiny teacup dog who is used to being held. But he keeps jumping up and won't stop until I pick him up. It was cute but it's gotten annoying now and of course I'm trying to figure out if this will stop or if it's a behavioral issue that will need fixing. I know I'm not crazy, everyone who comes over has noticed that he's very clingy with me lately.

Totally random and unrelated but I wish I were a wealthy celebrity right about now so I could fly my favorite salad in from California or fly there for lunch. Being exceptionally wealthy and pregnant would probably be a bad idea on pregnancy cravings.
30th-Jun-2010 03:50 pm (UTC)
My dog was glued to my side for my entire pregnancy. She's an 18 pound beagle and she made a great belly pillow!
30th-Jun-2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
I know we've discussed cats, but my 20-pound cat is very dog-like and has been both licking and cuddling up to my belly!
30th-Jun-2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
Your cat and mine are pretty similar - mine is black and around 18 lbs. He is also very doglike and has been extra clingy and kinda into my belly (which isn't even big yet) since I've been pregnant.
30th-Jun-2010 04:02 pm (UTC)
My dog was very careful of my stomach starting at about 12 weeks. She's 70 lbs. She would rather have died than to find herself touching my stomach with her feet, even if I encouraged her to "dance" with me. I'm certain she knew what was going on.

Also, at some point during your pregnancy, your SO will be able to hear the baby's heartbeat with their ear on your stomach, so it wouldn't suprise me if the dog could already. :)
30th-Jun-2010 04:05 pm (UTC)
My cats and dog got really annoying when I got pregnant both times. They all follow me around, are attached at my hip and it really makes me want to punt them sometimes. Not to mention I am sooooo warm having three furry furnaces surrounding me at night doesn't work.
30th-Jun-2010 04:22 pm (UTC)
I feel you on that last part. I'd pay to have someone fly me a pork pie.
30th-Jun-2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
None of my pets ever seemed to notice when I've been pregnant. I guess they just don't love me! ;)

Your body has more blood flowing through it, your belly especially. I wouldn't be surprised if he's using your belly as a hot water bottle.
30th-Jun-2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
My dogs absolutely will not leave me alone. They are in every single picture I take of myself now.
30th-Jun-2010 06:29 pm (UTC)
Although I can feel my baby kick, it can't be felt from outside yet when someone lays a hand on my stomach. My dog, though, can feel it, and jumps up if the baby kicks when she's sitting in my lap :)
30th-Jun-2010 07:04 pm (UTC)
My cousin's wife had similar experience with their dog Boswell. He was glued to her side from before she even knew she was pregnant with both girls.
30th-Jun-2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
I have two little guys- one male, one female. The male always used to sleep by me, he'd either be at my feet, or by my stomach. Since I've gotten pregnant, the female pushes him out of the way if hes by my stomach, and no matter which way I move, how many times I move away from her, or even if I pick her up and move her to my boyfriends side, shes right back snuggled up next to my stomach.

She is most defintely my boyfriend's dog, but ever since I've been pregnant she wont leave me alone lol Sometimes I really wish I could get her away from me when I sleep because it gets extra hot, especially when she takes it upon herself to go under the blankets. I love her though, and it's kinda cute... so far anyways :)
30th-Jun-2010 08:08 pm (UTC)
I have 3 dogs. My small male dog is a chihuahua and is glued to me now as well, and sleeps next to my stomach or lower back instead of at the foot of the bed. He also wants constant attention. Thankfully, he's only 4lbs.

My rotweiler is also male, and he no longer jumps up on me when excited and is very gentle when around me, which is a blessing for a 100+lbs dog.

However my female terrier is spayed, and she could care less. She still wants to jump on my stomach and is MEANER to me now! She's actually my grandma's dog, and the other day when she was sleeping near me, I went to pet her and she bit me!

So I think dogs really do react.
30th-Jun-2010 10:57 pm (UTC)
My dog is like this right now, extremely clingy, and its driving me CRAZY!! I love my dog, but Im soooo not the dog-cuddling type (I get itchy from their fur against my skin!)

So, no real advice, just wanted to say you're not alone!
30th-Jun-2010 11:24 pm (UTC)
I don't think my parrots have any clue I'm pregnant. They're being obnoxious, but they're always obnoxious.
Well, one of them has been having some feather-chewing issues lately, but I think that has more to do with me going out of town than with the baby.
1st-Jul-2010 03:58 am (UTC)
Truthfully, my dogs have always been codependent when it came to me. I've had my German Shepherd for 13 years, my Pomeranian for eight. They've always slept in my bed and with the exception of when I was attending class or working, they're accustomed to me always being home. And truthfully, I take them with me everywhere, especially the Pomeranian.

In any case, I'm not sure if they've gotten clingier due to my pregnancy or not. Shortly after I found out I was pregnant, I decided to start working from home, so we're near each other all the time. Thankfully, they're pretty well-behaved, so when I tell them to go lay down or push them off of me, they respect the guidelines and patiently wait until I invite them back into my space. :)
1st-Jul-2010 03:57 pm (UTC)
I'm only 5wks pregnant by my dog is already attached to my side and a lot of protective of me. The other day my husband rubbed my belly and she growled because she thought he was hurting me! She's never done that before! Then, yesterday -- out of no where -- she licked my tummy.

It's seriously like she KNOWS there is a baby in there...
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