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#1 of 9 Old 01-25-2012, 12:32 AM - Thread Starter
 
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My dog, a german shephard/husky mix, who is normally very obedient, was acting strange about going into his crate to sleep tonight. He didn't want to go and kept wanting to go downstairs. Past few days, if I don't go outside with him, he won't go potty; he'll just wait at the door or come back inside. We've had him since November and he's knows I'm pregnant - he lays his ear on my belly and pulls DH's hand over to my belly showing DH that there's a baby in there. He's very protective of me, which we're aware that it might not be a good thing for a dog to be too protective, but we have lots of experience with shephard mixes and we're very strict with him.


I'm wondering if a dog can sense that a woman will go into labor a day or two before she does...


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My dog was jockeying for position so he could have my space in front of the wood stove last time I was in labor.   eyesroll.gif  But he's um, not terribly sensitive?  Sweet, enthusiastic, but not especially bright or tuned in.  

 

I wouldn't be surprised if a shepherd mix had more sense about these things than a bird-hunting breed.  I'm sure that just like people, their level of awareness varies.  :)


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There is a psychic thread in TAO, and she's especially good with pets, you should ask :)


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when i was in early labor with my first, my Rottie totally knew.  he was close by but he also got nervous and threw up outsie when we took him out.  my MW was freaked out by him so he had a playdate with his Doberman friend for the day in our neighborhood.  

 

 

when i was preggo, he did that same thing you mentioned of always lying on my stomach.  he and my DD were very close before he passed. 


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There is a psychic thread in TAO, and she's especially good with pets, you should ask :)



Just posted it to the thread! This Friday is the anniversary of my DH's mother's death and the birthday of his grandmother (who we're naming this baby's middle name after her), so I'm half expecting her to come on Friday.


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Aww, this sounds so sweet. Our dog seems aware that I'm pregnant as well. She is always sitting right in front of me no matter where I sit, she sniffs my belly and breasts regularly as though she's just making sure everything is OK. I've been hoping she would give some kind of indication before labor started, but so far everything has been perfectly normal (only 36 weeks today).

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Animals are fo the most part much more attuned than we humans.  My herding dog will.not.leave.my.side. these days.  


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I do believe animals are much more sensitive to things like pregnancy of course. But with the move and everything else, I'm sure your dog is going through a lot of adjustments. Maybe even experiencing a bit of separation anxiety. Your dog might be sensing something, but I wouldn't hold my breath.

On a funny note, you said you got your dog in November, right? And dogs normally gestate for a couple of months, so, maybe your dog is thinking WTF? shouldn't you be having those pups by now... haha.

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 And dogs normally gestate for a couple of months, so, maybe your dog is thinking WTF? shouldn't you be having those pups by now... haha.


lol! This cracked me up!

 

Our dog has been extra restless tonight, whining and sniffing me more than ever. She still wont leave my side. It's making me nervous since I technically don't have a provider right now! I NEED to hold out until Thursday at least. Seriously, I'm only 36 weeks anyway. Dogs..

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