Am 30 weeks pregnant and my dog is driving me mad. He is literally my shadow - following me from room to room panting. He won't stop looking at me and wants my constant attention. He looks anxious all the time. Could be cute but it's just doing my head in..... Can he sense something?
Yep! My Rottweiler did this when I was pg with ds. If I was stood he'd stand under my tummy resting it on his nose, if I was sat/laid he'd come and rest his head on my tummy. When ds came home from hospital he emptied out the clothes that the baby had worn and slept with them in his bed for 2 days. If we moved them he'd get more out of the washing hamper. I once read that dogs can pick up on higher levels of oxytocin. I think it's adorable. It really helped with the awful anxiety I suffered during my pregnancy and after ds was born knowing I had a protector.
Our dog totally changed once I fell pregnant and had children. Before he was a real wimp, scared of his own shadow, once pregnant and the children arrived he became a lot more dominant and protective. He's relaxed a little now but he is still very protective of the children and will always get in the middle and warn other dogs away if they approach the kids.
My dog has always been a bit protective of me, but the past week she's got quite clingy, following me around a lot. I'm 24 weeks. As a pp said, they can sense changes and smell the hormones so they know something is up, they just don't know what. Even if you've had previous pregnancies, they may not be able to connect the changes you're going through to another little human appearing in the household. Just give them plenty of reassurance, but be careful not to let them start overstepping their boundaries, as some dogs respond to upset by developing bad behaviour. It should pass once either he's got used to the 'new' you, or baby arrives.
I've stopped going for walks near the canal by mines as all the dogs would either come sniff me or some would start barking at me for no reason and I've known these dogs prior to pregnancy - they would just leave you alone if I was jogging- I don't have pets but that kind of freaked me out not knowing their reactions .
I had lunch with my mum and her dog yesterday... he was acting all weird too. Kept whining and jumped up at me, pawing the bump (in a sweet way). I think he knows that there's another member of his pack about to arrive!
He's great with me nephew, really really loves him (the feeling is mutual!)