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Female Hormones affecting Dog Behavior ?



 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 5:58 pm    Post subject: Female Hormones affecting Dog Behavior ? Reply with quote

I was wondering if anyone here has either experienced or has heard of dogs behaviors changing due to a womans menstrual cycle or pregnancy ? I have heard of some instances where female and/or male dogs can become quite aggressive during a women's cycle. A friend of mine also experienced some unusual behaviors , such as increased protectiveness, in her dog while she was pregnant. I was wondering if anyone has an explanation for why this may occur Question

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your information is correct, as to why dogs act like this, its just nature. Try being a female trainer at 'that time of the month' when your training a dominant intact male dog....life is soooo much easier for male trainers in that respect.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2005 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its true of horses, too. When I had my Arabian stud cold castrated at the age of one year, the vet advised me to have someone else help her, since I was on my period. By the way, that was Dr. Laura, DelaUK!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2005 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2005 5:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thank you for your replies. i wonder if ti has to do with hormones ? i read on a veterinary site ( vin ) that when a woman is menstruating she actually has a very low level of hormones so a dog should not be able to detect that and if they act out during this cycle it would be for reasons other then hormonal. i cannot think of any other reason exceopt the hormonal one that would explain this. do you have any ideas of what else may be the trigger ? and why not every dog reacts this way ? what reason it would be that it affects both female and male dogs equally ?

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2005 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Im not a vet nor a (human) doctor so maybe someone else in her may have a more technical answer to your question, what I can tell you is through studying dogs behaviour for many, many years and all the training Ive done, dogs know when there are any changes in your body's chemistry. This is why you will get some dogs that become more protective when your pregnant, male and female trying to 'hump your leg' at that time of the month, the dominance issue is a big thing for some dogs, both sexes, theres no 'equal rights' in nature, the male is generally higher up the scale than the female so trying to train a dominant male at 'that time' is not natural for that particular dog, the training I do is 'respect' based and not 'food based' and in the dogs mind he will naturally want to be 'higher up the chain of command' than me (esp. at that time), females can also be dominant.
There is some difference in what kind of sanitary protection you use, if its the 'internal type' or the external type....so maybe its something to do with the blood itself but its obviously not the same scent as if you cut your hand (see what I mean)
It isnt just the time of the month that can make dogs behaviour change towards you, it can be certain perfumes, Ive known some dogs to act as though their owner is a complete stranger after being in the hospital for a few days and on IV drugs.....its not the scent of the hospital itself that upset them it was the scent in the body that was different. Its why some dogs will, without any warning attack or be more aggressive with people of a different race, its the scent, different races have different PH balance.
I know of a woman who found out her husband was cheating on her by the way the dog acted towards him, the dog was an intact male, the husband would come home 2-3 nights a week later than usual and each time the dog would get very excited, he did things that were not his usual behaviour, after a month of this the wife became suspicious, obviously there was something that triggered off the behaviour change the minute hubby walked through the door on these late nights. Turned out they were the nights he had 'been with' his mistress....(I dont think I need to explain further on that) but its all in the scent your body is giving off.
And one last thing....if the hormone level is lower then there is even more reason for a potentially dominant female to become aggressive towards you....in her mind this would be her chance to take over as the alpha female, in some dogs it doesnt matter if they have been neutered or spayed, the drive to be the alpha dog is also in their head.
Hope this helps you a little.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2005 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

it helped alot. thank you Your the best
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