Prenatal life of Caramel and Onyxe’s pups. Wondering how do they look now? Take a look.
During the next and last weeks critical changes in the fetuses will take a place – they will develop ears, noses and change the shape of their bodies. Up till now placentas were filtering products of metabolism, now kidneys are working. Fetuses secrete urine into the amniotic fluid in which they live.
In order to protect gentle eyes their eyelids are closed.
Mouth and noses develop relatively late in the third phase of pregnancy.
FETAL DEVELOPMENT OF BEHAVIOUR
Research show that pregnant mothers experiencing high levels of cortisol (the stress hormone), affect development of the fetus, increasing the sensitivity of their child’s brain. Unfortunately, then, after the birth pups are sensitive to any release of the chemicals associated with stress. The brain of the young animal is sensitive to even the smallest levels of cortisol (such an offspring is called REACTIVE OFFSPRING) . These puppies will be very reactive to stressful situations.
It has been shown that high levels of chemicals associated with stress increases the risk of problems such as fear or depression.
WE SHOULD PROTECT PREGNANT FEMALES SO THEY DO NOT EXPERIENCE “FRUSTRATION OF GOALS”
Research show that in many species learning process takes place in the womb – associations between the sounds, smells, tastes – puppies acquire the knowledge from their mother.
In the natural environment, father is present from the moment of conception and this is a KEY FACTOR reducing stress of pregnant females. Unfortunately, in the man-made environment the situation looks quite different. Many breeders do not have a stud dog at home. In that situation we – the owners need to take care of pregnant bitch in order for her to feel safe for life she carries inside.. We can’t forget that regardless from the process of domestication many situations we put our dogs into are not natural situations for them. Let’s not try to humanize animals. For pregnant females, even unknown people visiting could be a stressful factor. Let’s respect the need for space they are asking for. Thinking this way – the healthy development of young puppies begins in their prenatal life.
In my behavioral practice I was already witnessing owner’s absurd ideas to take pregnant female to rehabilitate an aggressive dog of their friends. I can’t even imagine what must have been going on in that female’s brain. It was indeed a female who’s primary goal at that time was protection of her offspring.
Now we start the countdown. Our Caramel Passion is growing big. She is sleeping on the sofa (her favourite sport for the moment;). We are with her all the time so that she feels safe ….. she pays back with tail wagging;)
Pictures borrowed from National Geographic (In the wound – dogs)
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