What do the puppies look like now? oh yes ;)
Over the next few weeks, there will be key differences in the structure of fetuses - ears, noses will develop, body shape will change. Until now, waste products were filtered out by the placenta. The kidneys are functioning now. Fetuses secrete urine into the amniotic fluid in which they swim.
To protect the delicate eyes, the eyelids are tightly closed.
The mouth and nose develop relatively late, in the third part of pregnancy.
THE DEVELOPMENT OF BEHAVIOR IN THE FETAL
Scientific research indicates that mothers who have high levels of cortisol (stress hormone) during pregnancy affect the development of the fetus, increasing the sensitivity of their child's brain. Unfortunately, then, after birth, puppies are sensitive to any release of stress-related chemicals. The brain of the young animal is then sensitive to even the smallest level of cortisol (such offspring are called reactive offspring). Such puppies will be very reactive to stressful situations.
High levels of stress chemicals have been shown to increase the risk of developing anxiety and depressive problems.
MAKE SURE PREGNANT female dogs DON'T EXPERIENCE FRUSTRATION OF GOALS
Scientific research shows that in many species the learning process takes place already in the mother's womb - associations between sounds, smells, tastes - puppies acquire this knowledge from their mother.
In the natural environment, the father is present from the moment of conception and this is it MAIN FACTOR helping to reduce the stress of a pregnant bitch. Unfortunately, in a man-made environment, this is not the case. Many breeders do not have a stud dog at home. Then we - the owners have to take care of the pregnant bitch so that she feels safe with the offspring that develop inside her. We can't let her feel for a moment that the fetuses' lives are at risk. Let's not forget that despite the domestication process, many situations we create for our dog are not natural situations for him. Let's not try to humanize animals. For a pregnant bitch, even visits from people she does not know can be a stress factor. Let's respect her need for peace. Thanks to this, we take care of the proper development of young puppies already in their prenatal life.
In my behavioral practice, I have come across absurd ideas of dog owners taking, for example, a pregnant bitch for social rehabilitation of an aggressive dog to their friends. I can't even imagine what must have been going on in the body of the bitch, whose one of the most important goals at that moment was to protect her offspring.
In the meantime, we're counting down. Our Carmelita grows before our eyes. She's lounging on the couch, we're with her all the time to make her feel safe and she repays ... with a wagging tail.
Photos borrowed from National Geographic (In the womb - dogs)
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