How to Keep Male Dogs Away From Females in Heat
When your female dog is in heat, all the intact neighborhood male dogs will know. In the canine world, there is no need to join a website like match.com or read through romantic classified ads to find love. The news simply travels through the air for several miles, reaching the male dogs' noses and turning them from calm and relaxed to hyper dogs attempting to escape.
Admirers will show up on your front porch, awaiting anxiously for your princess to come outside. If you live in a remote part of the country where there are no farm dogs, you may even see some coyotes lurking nearby. And in case you were wondering, your female dog is not completely safe in a fenced yard: There have been instances of dogs being able to mate even through chain link fences!
How to Prevent Your Dog from Getting Pregnant
Of course, just as the males are eager to meet your dog, your dog will be eager to meet her admirers. She may whine, pace back and forth near the door, and even howl. Keep an eagle eye on her, as she will attempt to escape. When going out to do business, always keep her leashed and carry a spray bottle or a stick to threaten dogs away.
Keep Her Separated
If you own a pack of dogs, you must keep the males separated from the female. This can be done by crating, keeping them in separate rooms, or having a friend temporarily keep the male dogs. Not only must you keep the males separate from the female, but you should also keep males separated from one another, because a female dog's heat may provoke terrible fights.
Close All Windows
While there is not much that can be done when ''love is in the air,'' owners can minimize the flow of dog perfume by closing the windows.
There are reports that chlorophyll may help mask the smell of heat. There are generally two forms: tablet or liquid. The liquid form may be found in health food stores in 100 mg. Generally, one tablespoon in the morning and one in the evening poured on the female dog's food may do the trick. To work best, it should be given on the first day of heat.
This is not a complete solution! Chlorophyll will only mask the smell a bit, so male dogs may still want to mate. Also, expect odd green stools after administering chlorophyll.
Use "Lust Buster"
This is a special product that can be sprayed on the female dog to make her less attractive to males.
Put Her in Britches
Britches are special panties for dogs that may help prevent unwanted pregnancies when worn properly. However, always keep dogs supervised, as they are not mistake-proof.
Spay and Neuter
Of course, the most obvious and highly recommended solution is to spay and neuter dogs. This way, you will no longer have to endure the howling, clean up the messes, or deal with the unwanted pregnancies in an already overcrowded and overpopulated dog world.
Questions & Answers
My female dog is spayed. I want to keep male dogs from trying to mate with her. What can I do?
If your female is spayed, the males should not be interested in mating with her. If they seem interested, you need to evaluate whether they are just humping as part of play, bullying or if they are really trying to mate. In any case, this form of interaction should be discouraged. If they are truly trying to mate, there are chances your female may be emitting some odor that resembles a dog in heat. This can happen at times if your female has a urinary tract infection, or if her glands under the tail are infected. Sometimes, although rare, even though a female dog is spayed, the vet doing the surgery may leave some ovarian tissue behind and this may cause her to still go in heat. The best way is to keep them separated until you can find out why they are so interested in her.
What happens if my male dog mates with his female offspring?
This would be considered line breeding. Line breeding is allowed by most registries in the U.S. Line breeding is sometimes purposely allowed by breeders as a way to intensify certain traits.
Line breeding entails breeding father to daughter, mother to son, brother to sister or more distantly related dogs such as cousin to cousin.
While the purpose is to intensify desirable qualities, line breeding may also sometimes intensify negative traits which are genetically inherited such as hip dysplasia, heart murmurs, eye defects, etc.
There are certain risks and therefore should not be carried out by the average breeders and left to the experienced ones who health test their dogs and screen for hereditary defects.