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Your dog's hearing ability is much better than any human. It permits dogs to hear a number of sounds which no human can hear. Many dog owners assume that their best friend can also hear the heartbeat of a yet-to-be-born child who is still in the mother's womb. Although it is a matter of debate as to whether it is possible for the dog to hear a child in the womb, it can detect the presence of the baby through other ways, not least by its sense of smell.
Acute sense of hearing
Dogs can hear four times better than any human. This is as
they have more muscles in the ears compared to humans. A human ear has six
muscles while a dog's ear has 18 muscles. The muscles provide the dog the
ability to move its ears so that the desired sound can be amplified. It helps
that the shape of the dog's ear helps in hearing. The curved ear shape assists
sound to reach the eardrums.
It is entirely believable that your dog can hear your baby's
heartbeat. It can even hear the baby cry inside the stomach. A human baby can
cry after 28 weeks post conception. Even though your dog may not understand
what is happening, it understands that your body is undergoing some changes.
Dogs are naturally intuitive creatures which can sense a variation in the mood,
body chemistry, and behavior of their human friends. Other than excellent
hearing, dogs also have an excellent sense of smell. They can smell hormonal
changes in a pregnant woman. It is entirely possible that your dog knows you
are pregnant even before you realize your condition. Many new mothers recall
their dogs staring at their bellies when they were pregnant. The ears of their
dogs would perk up, and they would look at the human mother's belly.
The proof that your dog
knows you are pregnant? It becomes overly protective of your welfare and becomes
more affectionate towards you. It also likes to lie or sit beside you given any
opportunity. The reaction of every dog will not be the same. A few dogs would
shrug the matter away while others cannot bear the sensory overload. It is hard
to figure out in advance how a dog may react. Even docile dogs are observed to
become agitated by all the changes taking place around them. It is essential
that the dog is given extra attention at this time. If your dog has done basic
behavior training, provide the training once more to the animal. Think it as a
kind of refresher course. It is important that the dog must be well-behaved
during this critical juncture of your life.