Dogs, just like people, experience difficulties related to motherhood. Stress can affect a dog who’s recently given birth.
A good example of this is a dog named Bongee, who behaved harshly towards her puppies after birthing them.
Bongee had been acting strange ever since she gave birth to 10 puppies. Not only did she avoid interacting with them, but she also steals their food most of the time. Furthermore, she growls whenever any one of them tried to approach her.
Bongee’s actions show that she doesn’t want to perform her parental responsibility. For example, whenever her owner is not around, she will let her puppies run amok inside the house. Nobody expected her to be this aloof, which made her owner very intrigued.
To find out what’s going on with Bongee, the owner consulted with a veterinarian. Videos recordings of Bongee’s behavior were presented to the vet. After reviewing the videos, the vet gave his thoughts on the matter.
The vet explained that Bongee’s problem was related to stress and jealousy. She was used to a life where she alone received all her owner’s attention. However, with the arrival of several puppies, the attention became divided. Her jealousy had caused her to steal food from her puppies and act nasty towards them.
After finding out the cause of the problem, Bongee’s owner came up with a solution. Upon arriving back at the house, the owner prepared a special meal for Bongee. The dog was fed in an area away from the puppies to make her feel special. Furthermore, the owner gave Bongee a nice bath and a massage.
It was obvious, based on Bongee’s reaction, that she enjoyed getting pampered. This action taken by the owner immediately yielded good results. After the activity, Bongee returned to her puppies and acted more motherlike towards them.
Video courtesy of SBS TV Animals via YouTube.