Family Lifestyle

Do Dogs Understand Pregnancy?

  • February 20, 2018
White Border collie Dog and Pregnancy Test

From the day I saw those two pink lines show up on the home pregnancy test, I swear Ava knew something was up.

I used to be skeptical that dogs could possibly understand pregnancy, but over the last few months of watching my dog adjust to my mine, I’ve become a believer! While “understand” is a strong word to use about dogs grasping the actual concept of pregnancy, their behavior does change, so there’s got to be something behind that!

Dogs are notoriously very in-tune to their masters. They pick up on emotions, physical changes, scents, and stressors. Guess what pregnancy includes? A whole lot of emotions, stressors, physical and hormonal changes!

White border collie dog laying on floor
Waiting for mom’s next move

So whether or not they actually understand pregnancy is one thing. But they definitely know that something is up! Here are a few of the things that Ava has been up to these past 8 months that confirm my suspicions.

Dog Friendly Travel

Why Training is Important for Dogs Who Travel

  • July 28, 2017
White border collie dog training in tuscany, italy
Ever stand in a busy square and see a dog walking flawlessly next to its owner and think, “How is that dog so well-behaved? …[Rover] could never do that.”
I still have these thoughts from time to time. I admittedly get dog-envy when I see other dogs’ high levels of training and obedience. Imagine trying to take an unruly, hyperactive dog who doesn’t listen into a shop piled high with hand-painted ceramics. That would be a disaster, right? It would make taking fido MUCH more stressful.  
So, as I begin to tell you about the logistics of taking your dog everywhere you go, I think it’s important to stress the major factor in making traveling with fido possible: Training!


Here are 5 things you can start doing now to make your life and future travels with fido a whole lot easier.


  1. Get them used to people
  2. Teach impulse control
  3. Practice leash walking
  4. Kick their separation anxiety
  5. Expose them to weird stuff
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  • July 13, 2017
White border Collie dog laying on floor

Dogs. Dogs are great, aren’t they? There’s nothing quite like coming home to that wet nose and wagging tail greeting you at the door. They are widely known for their unmatched companionship and loyalty. I could ramble on for hours about the benefits of dog ownership, but because this is my first entry, I will spare you. Considering all of this, it shouldn’t be a surprise that dog ownership is becoming more and more popular. In fact, if you look up and read some demographic and statistical reports of pet ownership online, it’s estimated that about 40% of Americans have dogs! That’s a lot of dogs. Moreover, word on the street is that millennials are jumping on board the dog-wagon. And if they aren’t already on board, they plan to be in the near future.

It seems as though getting a dog is one of the first steps in what we refer to today as “adulting”. You assume responsibility for his/her daily care, training, medical needs, happiness and well-being. They become part of the family, our loyal companions, and in some cases, our “children” before children.