Question by  caligirl1740 (27)

What can I do about my dog who shows signs of aggression after pregnancy?

Is this something that training will fix?


Answer by  tac1970 (32)

If you're referring to while she's still nursing, it's not a behavioral disorder but rather maternal instinct. It's quite natural for any mother to be protective of her young, and it's possible that she doesn't feel comfortable having her pups handled. If she's not nursing, I would have her examined by a veterinarian.


Answer by  pradhaprajgmailcom (1518)

Some high breed dogs will become aggressive.Don't disturb the dog.It is also like us;when it feels uneasyness due to pregnancy,you must understand and help the animal to take rest.Do not force it to obey your orders as in normal time.No need for training.


Answer by  Fishtales (373)

The first thing to look into is if the dog is in any pain. Sometimes agression after pregnancy is due to something internally wrong with the dog. If its not a medical issue, try to treat the dog in the same manner as you did prior to the pregnancy. Perhaps the dog misses its pups, so buy her a toy.


Answer by  rfoltz33 (217)

This may depend on the severity of aggression and towards who it is directed (baby or mother?). Depending on how deeply set into the behavorial repertoire the aggression is, it could be possible, through negative reinforcement/behavioral modification or extinction training to eliminate this behavior.


Answer by  justmesuzanne (625)

If she is still caring for her pups, leave her alone as much as possible til they are weaned. If they are weaned, have her spayed and see your vet.

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