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 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

Supervise Her

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.

Use Chlorophyll

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.

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ftclick 7 years ago

the whole dog-on neighborhood knows eh? wow. I wonder if it applies to cats, lions, etc.

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alexadry 7 years ago from USA Author

It is estimated that a male dog may sniff a female in heat from up to a 3 mile radius!

annoyed 6 years ago

my dog is like the most relaxed dog in the world, he never barks/cries anything. every 6 months this bitch goes into heat and he can't control himself. It's the most bloody annoying shit I have ever encountered. He is a smart dog but when that fucking smell overpowers his brain. He simply can't control him self. He shakes from head to toe if the door makes any remote sound.

annoyed 6 years ago

I forgot to mention that I am going to attempt the vicks thing you suggested. If it works I will be in a world of bliss.

sam 6 years ago

been up for the past 2 nights because of my male dog barking crazy for my femail whos in heat. its driving me mad!! tried the vix thing ,no chance! these last 2 days hes changed from a lovable quiet relaxed dog to a crazy hot panting nutty dog! all i want is some sleep!

MAD  6 years ago

My son has a Grand Show/Nite Champion Walker Female who is in heat.She is in a kennel.We have asked are neighbor to put up his male dog three times we've already chased him off three times.Now he waits until 2:00am to 3:00am to come calling any ideas what I can do? because I would like to get some sleep

Libby 6 years ago

I"m hoping the vicks vapor rub works I have 2 females in heat at the moment.

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onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town

Let's be responsible pet owners. Unless you are a registered breeder.........have your pets spayed or neutered.

I did this to my dog, and as a result, he does not need to be caged. Nor does the neighborhood hear him "cry" and whine throughout the day and night.

Rawspoon 5 years ago

Any reports on the Vicks working? My 14-month old Westie has gotten his first sniff of "love" in the air. Kills me to hear him whine like his paw has been stepped on. While I am a responsible pet owner, thank you, right now $$ in our household is a major and unexpected issue and as soon as finances become available, we will have him neutered. And speaking of responsible pet owners, in my personal opinion, I feel that owners of female dogs in heat should take responsible and safe measures to hide the scent of their dogs in heat, if they are not in the business of breeding the bitch, with commercially available products on the market, so that their neighborhood male dogs do not go crazy trying (and sometimes unsafely) to get to their dog in heat. That's what I would do if the situation was reversed.

Serious Dog Lover!  5 years ago

My bitch is having her first season, other dogs are a nightmare, and I have taken 'precautions' in making my property more secure, and tried masking her scent, to no avail, all I can say is....

Would someone please bottle this and sell it as perfume!!!!

It boils down to, I wanted her, I love her, I'll put up with it until I get her spayed!


Selina> 5 years ago

I have two dogs, a male and a female....great right? >:/

I was wondering if the Vicks thing actually works....well does it???

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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

My females were always spayed so cannot attest to its effectiveness, but I have heard of people using at dab of it at dog shows.

according to Petsmart:


Chris Walkowicz, who breeds bearded collies in Sherrard, Illinois, and is co-author of The Atlas of Dog Breeds of the World and Successful Dog Breeding.

"Put a little on the fur near the girl's tail," she suggests. "If you have a male, put some on his nose."

Jenna 5 years ago

The Vicks works miricals my male would whine and he would go balistic but thanks to this website they can and my family can sleep in peace...well everyone else can but i can't i can always hear her snearing at her! It's like rape but there dogs because she wants to sleep and wants HER! He had to sleep in the kennel in the garage he would bark and he would loose his voice and he would rub the top of his muzle raw against the kennel door it was horrible and our female would sleep under my desk on an old puppy blanket from when she had littlers but now all is well!

carol 5 years ago

vicks rub does NOT work,sorry

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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

In order to work, it must be put on the female and on the male, this was passed on to me by attendants of dog shows..must have worked for some!

Elize 5 years ago

Im going to try the Vicks thing. My female is spaid but has a problem with her bladder after she was spaid. The Vet gave her a hormone injection to help controle the bladder, but now she has gone into heat. My male boerboel has been barking, panting, sniffing and licking for a week now. No sleep for us and one stupid looking male dog - with his nose where it does not belong.

meeee 5 years ago

i had jusst ried the vicks thing but my "bitch" has been in heat for 3 days so sad tthing is shees almost done the good thing is the vicks does work like jack(my male doggie) would go up to jill's (my girl doggie) butt then hell walk right back out hes now getting some sleep after like 5 minutes of doing it hes not whining.

Nette 5 years ago

Ready to try the Vicks, Until I get my little boxer/beagle fixed. (in the very very near future) she has gone into her first heat at 7 months, and my male pitt, is driving me insane. I cannot wait to get her fixed. (hopefully within two weeks she will be fixed and life will be normal again). So for those who whine that I am not responsible, I was just hoping I had a little bit longer, but I found a facility with a reasonable price to have her spayed and I can calm down the male, who is full breed and unaltered with no plans of altering.

Paula 5 years ago

I find this interesting because I know a woman, who lived in a typical suburban neighborhood, whose female dog was never spayed and came into regular heat cycles and was NEVER bothered by male dogs at all. Her dog went from house to fenced backyard and never did she have a problem. Never did she have any unwanted guests camped on her front lawn. I also know of a very well-known veterinarian/breeder/dog trainer/research scientist, author, Yale faculty member, etc., of yesteryear who did research into this matter and said that it is a MYTH that male dogs can smell female dogs in heat from a mile away. I also have a friend whose female show dog came into heat and the only dog that bothered her was her very own neutered male who lived in the same house with her! The male dogs that lived on either side of her house didn't have a clue. Go figure! Her dogs also never left the house or fenced backyard - never went for walks. Maybe that's the key. Neither of my friend's dogs left their homes or yards to deposit urine throughout the neighborhood that could be tracked back home.

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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

I have a hard time accepting that male dogs cannot sense a dog in heat from a mile away. If you think that dogs are capable of tracking lost people, wild animals, bombs, for more than a mile you can see there is ample of proof of how strong a dog's sense of smell is.

When it comes to being interested in females, you must also consider a dog's rank, only the higher members of a pack get to mate , so the most submissive male dogs may not dare even try to mount a female in heat. So there are many considerations to keep in mind before making conclusions.

ugh 5 years ago

i had my female dog fixed yesterday she was in heat and her takin care of but the two male dogs i have are still whinning and shaking and all that shit and its driving me crazy....what can i do she is fixed but is she still giving off the scent being she was in heat when she got fixed

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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

Did you already try the Vick's trick outlined in the article? Some owners claim it works. But since they already know she is has been heat it may not work, but it may be worth a try.

sam from chi 5 years ago

Well I have two chihuahuas ,our female is in heat but our male won't mount her only sniff and stuff and go crazy when she is not around. But we do seem hump the blankets.So I don't understand what is wrong? Any idea anybody?

Clauds 5 years ago

Thanks for the info, seeing people commenting the same way I feel has relaxed me somewhat. I know its instinct and am not scorning my dog, but mentally I just cant handle how he's gone from relaxed and obedient to wild and jittery. It stresses me out!

Cant wait to have my animals spayed and nuetered. I don't think vics will work, their sense of smell is waaay too strong, but, i'll give it a go... in doubt

hannah 5 years ago

my pit is in heat and the other pit is losing his mind. Also my border collie is going crazy. The biggest problem is that they think I'm in heat. They are constantly trying to get to me and it is a bog problem. i have to walk them and they use this as this as their chance. I keep all of the dogs in separate rooms, and just endure the annoying howling and whining. I tried to contact this place that will neuter for 15. pits, but no response. Called "speak for animals".that stuff is 60. to get rid of the odor, but cannot afford that. I will buy the vicks, but another thread said not to use it because it was bad for the dog.

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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

Rusell, it is hard to say, some dogs do get bloody stools when stressed, but I would suggest a vet visit to be safe.

Hannah, Chris Walkowicz, who breeds bearded collies in Sherrard, Illinois, and is co-author of The Atlas of Dog Breeds of the World and Successful Dog Breeding is the one that suggested Vicks in this article by petsmart,

If you do not feel comfortable using it due to your dogs licking it, then don't use it.

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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

Russel, some dogs do get bloody stools when they are stressed but for the sake of safety, it would be best to have him seen by a vet.

Hannah, Chris Walkowicz, who breeds bearded collies in Sherrard, Illinois, and is co-author of The Atlas of Dog Breeds of the World and Successful Dog Breeding was the one to suggest Vicks in an article for petsmart. If you do not feel safe using it because you are afriad they may lick it do not use it. here is the article by petsmart:

helen 5 years ago

i`ll try the vicks my dogs a wein and is driving me mad i`ve had no sleep for two days!!!!

Teresa 5 years ago

I have a female chow that had not been spayed, I was okay with that since she is a inside dog and my other dog was a female who had been spayed. The only reason I had not had her spayed is bc my brother had taken a dog to have spayed and it died after surgery from seizure. I was scared. I had already purchased certificate for the procedure. Well, I adopted a male dog from a rescue this summer.. He had been neutered. I thought I was good because even when she goes into season he can't get it up... WRONG, WRONG, WRONG! He can and they did... In my house.... Needless to say they can and will still mate, he will just be shooting blanks. I took her to be spayed yesterday and now she is back home. The surgery did not take care of the odor so here I am with the same problem but now she has had surgery, needs to behave herself and I am running after them both to make certain that nothing happens because I do not want that crap going on in my house... yuck!!!! I am going to go get the vicks vapor rub and try... Also, doggie diapers... maybe this will help too! Wish me luck......

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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

Yes, those hormones linger for a while, I hope they vets told you enough to keep them separated, she should be in another room or crated to be safe. best wishes.

Melonhead 5 years ago

I just used the vicks on my male dog and had instant results. He looked at me confused as his brain cleared and is now resting for the first time in 3 days. A million thanks.

Suze 4 years ago

Hmm Vicks worked for oooh ten minutes. Am knackered after 4 nights of no sleep. Darned dogs. How long does the female secrete this hormone for?? Thank goodness it'll never happen again!!

Jackie 4 years ago

So my 8 month old shih tzu is in heat and I can't get my male away fom her. He won't sleep or eat anything he has started to pee all over the place ( this dog never went in the house ). Is the peeing part normal? I have started putting a doggie dipper on my female but doesn't do any good he jus chewys it right off of her. I called pet smart to see if they can suggest something they talked to me like I was crazy. At this point I'm willing to try anything. I'm going to try the Vicks trick. I sure hope it works. It's already been about a week is it too late to start? Or it doesn't matter? Oh n how cani get my male to eat something? His lost a lot of weight.

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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

Sounds like he is marking which is his way as claiming her as his property so other males know. Losing weight is also typical, you can try to entice him to eat using some of the strategies in this hub:

jo77lab 4 years ago

What I can't understand is why people have 2 dogs one male and one female don't have them spayed or neutered and then complain about the problems they are having when the bitch is in season.

This is a dogs natural reaction and if you don't ever intend to breed then why have 2 dogs one of either sex and not have them spayed or neutered?

if one is younger than the other then why have the other before having your 1st dog spayed/neutered?

Just common sense really isn't it.

whyyouwantmehname 4 years ago

wonder what's going around in the male dogs head when a female is in heat...

dynamiteblonde 4 years ago

I'm SO thankful for this hub - I've never had puppies or dogs before and they came as a packaged deal for my mother - one male, one female - 12 weeks old. Well, the female came in heat and the male dog, usually so well behaved, became a raving maniac - I tried some pull ups on the female --- the male dog would go to any lengths to get to her and the barking all night long was driving us all crazy - I would have gotten them fixed but it was over a weekend this happened and I had been tied up with care-taking of the extreme measure - my 90 yr old mother and three great nieces - 3, 8 and 14 - who all wanted my undivided attention. So, in absolute desperation I went to the web --- I tried the vicks thing and absolute quiet - I couldn't believe it - blissful quiet ---- thank you SO MUCH - I'll get them fixed on Monday!

Sally S. 4 years ago

It was really interesting reading everyone's comments. I have a female mixed lab/German shepherd that's a beautiful white color & the sweetest, most gentle dog ever! Recently we got a male lab in a beige color because we'd like to breed them since her kind is almost impossible to find. We live out in the country, so they have lots of room to run around & they're both outdoor dogs. It must be true that dogs can smell another dog in heat because our male dog's been barking nonstop the past few nights & we saw 3 stray dogs in our yard last night, one this morning. All different. I don't know where they've come from, but I'm kinda scared. One of them tried to attack me this morning when I walked my daughter to the bus. I can hardly wait for our dog to just get pregnant & then we can bring her to the vet...

nomoreunwantedpets 4 years ago

No offense, but what is the purpose of breeding a mixed breed? Sounds like you are a backyard breeder. With so many unwanted pets in the shelter do you really think there is a need to produce more puppies? Have you found homes for them? A responsible breeder has a list of people before even mating. Do you have the money and knowledge to breed? Can you afford a c-section should the need arise? I just cannot find a good reason to breed when the shelter I work for is killing dogs on a daily basis, sorry there is no excuse for breeding without a purpose...please visit your shelter and think it over

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Mishawn McKinley 4 years ago from Salt Lake City, Utah

My female husky was fixed 12 years ago,yet still goes into heat and bleeds every time the weather changes. She is 14 now and other than some weight issues the last couple of years her check ups are always good. Now I have a year old Pom that I might strangle before her heat is over. Lost my job right after I got him so fixing him has not been in the budget. Hoping the Vicks helps tonight because I have not slept in a week. Thanks for the info here. Can't wait till I can see my husky without a Pom attached to her head or behind.

IDOODOO 4 years ago

My male dog who is due to be neutured next week has been showing sexual advances to my new puppy who is five months.

It's always during play could this be because she is getting ready to come into heat?

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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

Technically, a puppy can go into heat at 5 months even though it would be unusual for a large breed dog. For this reason, your best bet is to keep them separated if you are unsure if this is actually sexual or just playing. Most likely, your dog is playing or just being a bully. After neutering him, remember it takes some time for the hormones to be totally out of the way. Here is a great read that may help differentiate play from real humping behaviors:

IDOODOO 4 years ago

Thank you for your advice on here, I also have a problem with my Lhasa pup, she is five months old and is really picky with her food. I've tried allsorts, from Eukanuba which she soon went off, then James Wellbeloved, both wet and dried. She will eat liver and obviously chicken, but very little else, she is gaining weight and is the correct weight for her age I feel. I take the bowl away when she has eaten and don't feed her tit-bits unless they are rewards whilst I am training her.

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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

If you are at your wits end, you can try Iams Savory Sauce poured on the kibble. That's what the kennel I bring my dogs does when some dogs refuse to eat cause they miss the owners. Here is a helpful hub:

Dog Owner 4 years ago

I too had a big problem with covering up the scent of my female dog in heat, especially since I have two dogs one male and one female, and I recently discovered how since dogs don't like the smell of Cinnamon that if I mixed both Vicks and Cinnamon (not to much just one or two shakes) that my male dog sniffs my female and walks away; and that's cause he has been trying to get her these past few days. It works on my dog and hopefully it can help with your dog.

Dog Owner (P.S) 4 years ago

What I did I got some Vicks, spread an thing to medium coat along my fingers, got a bit of Cinnamon and spread it along the back end of my female dog. Be careful to not to get it on her certain area just around it and around her tail and butt area.

rhonda 4 years ago

please what is this vicks that everybody is talking about? im going crazy please be quiet ooh my head :( vicks vapor rub?

Drock 4 years ago

Must be nice to be a dog, just imagine how different the world would be if we could meet our partner from 3 miles away;)

Danielle 4 years ago

Heeltastic! I rubbed a quarter size chunk of it into "Lady's" tail and all four dogs retreated to separate areas of the house and all slept through the night! I received a stick solid heeltastic as a sticking stuffer one Christmas... Perhaps some of you may know what it is, it was introduced as an "AS SEEN ON T.V." item for dry cracked heels/toes/elbows... At any rate one night I decided to apply some to my heels because flips flops day in and day out for the summer caused them to crack slightly and that is painful!!! All my nosey


Danielle 4 years ago

Heeltastic A solid stick for dry cracked feet... I applied to my heels one evening and all my nosy dogs came to inspect and each dog in their own turn puffed; sneezed, took another sniff and recoiled. I was laughing about it I had never seem my dogs dislike the smell of anything. Many moons later "Lady" was in heat and even the of the stick and rubbed it into lady's tail and other areas in the hind quarters... Instantly all four dogs sniffed, snorted and retreated to four separate areas, passed out and slept the night away... "Heeltastic" it works and

CHITO 4 years ago

I used the vicks thing and it worked like a charm..

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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

Seems like it works for some and for others doesn't ...

trish 4 years ago

I just tried the vicks my (male) dog licked it right off & doesn't seem to work! He's still barking as I type!!

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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

It seems to work only for some, this is a breeder that has used it in the past with success

"Chris Walkowicz, who breeds bearded collies in Sherrard, Illinois, and is co-author of The Atlas of Dog Breeds of the World and Successful Dog Breeding."Put a little on the fur near the girl's tail," she suggests. "If you have a male, put some on his nose."

I did not recommend it in my article because it has mixed results. ..

chanel 3 years ago

not my case my female puppy is spray since she was 4 months but my other annoying dog which is the father had been crying n trying to get in my room to bother my dog what can i do ? btw he haven't been spray trying to get him spray monday

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alexadry 3 years ago from USA Author

Have her checked out from a vet, sometimes female dogs get infections that cause a smell that resembles a dog in heat. Also, it could be there is some other female in heat in the neighborhood (male dogs can detect females in heat several feet away) and he may be aroused.

Debbie Martinez 3 years ago

My male has been around a female who is in heat now he won't eat what do I do?

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alexadry 3 years ago from USA Author

Thankfully, the loss of appetite is mostly short lived. He is basically too over threshold to be able to concentrate on eating right now. Is this female dog living in the home with you? In the neighborhood? Keep windows closed and don't let him frequent areas where this female may have peed. Try to get him distracted, toys, kongs stuffed with high-value treats, go for a car drive and walk him, go for a hike, etc .

pet owner 3 years ago

I have 2 females and my oldest is in heat. The issue is, I've had to start living with my mom again due to financial issues and she has 2 male dogs. One sleeps in her room, the other in the livingroom where I've been sleeping due to the heat. My girl in heat is 7 or 8 years old and I can't risk her getting pregnant. The male isn't going after her unless both of them are awake, but what can I do to make sure she's safe while I'm asleep?

cath slater 3 years ago

hi i have two dogs both 8 months old the dog ive had from 8 weeks the bitch i have juyst got 2 weeks ago i wanted to get her settled in her new home before i had her spade but she has now come in season for the second time as the last owners said she was in season at 6 month i have done my best to keep them apart and had my dog castrated 2 days ago . iknow this does not work streight away. but i took my eyes of them for ten mins yesterday (her 7th day )and the male came in with his tail hanging out could this be a sighn that he had sex with her they was no other sighns that i could see .and what's the best thing to do i don't want pups

Lea lea 2 years ago

I have an 8 month old shitzu and my next door neighbour has a 5 uesr old shitzu Whitch is in season and I think May be pregnant ?? All of a sudden my dog has gone crazy barking and wining wanting to go outside all the time hardly eating but now I have read this site hopefully gunna try the vics thing fingers crossed thanks for the help x

christine 23 months ago

My female dane pit boxer mix is in her 1st heat at 7 months old and i am desperately trying to keep her brother from mating with her! As of yesterday she has pretty much been asking for it from him and hes trying every time i turn my head! I am in an efficiency and cant exactly keep them apart but don't want to have her spayed for future breeding either! I am 8 and a half months pregnant myself and exhausted being up all night trying to keep him off her! I cant keep an eye on them every moment of the day and night and cant lock her up bec my neighbors complain about her or him howling! What happens if i go to the grocery store n he ends up mating with her? Will it kill her? Shes my baby! What can i do? Ive been told it some breeds like dalmatian great danes -her- that breeding during their 1st heat is what alot of champion breeders do and is actually better for them physically is this true? I heard they do this in europe to!? Someone please help im going crazy and need some much needed sleep esp when im in my own pain n already don't get very much! HELP!!!

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alexadry 23 months ago from USA Author

Breeding during the first heat is very wrong for a multitude of reasons. Here are a few; 1) having pups at the first heat, is like a 12-year old having babies! Young dogs don't always make good mothers. 2) she hasn't had time to develop joints and she needs those nutrients for developing, not giving life to litters, 3) consider if she is truly breeding material by doing this test: Last but not least just because they do so in Europe doesn't mean it's right. I never heard of champion breeders breeding on a dog's first heat and would like to learn more about this. Real, ethical breeders wait at least until the 2nd, 3rd heat once the dog has fully developed and hips, elbows are graded and certified and the dog is considered free of any hereditary flaws. If they breed before this is totally irresponsible and I would question their 'reputation.' For the time being, perhaps you can have her boarded at a kennel or have a friend pet sit her in another home ?

kelli beaty 17 months ago

I'm note being mean or have always loved dogs and cats and every kid needs one when their young,ok got an empty nest just got both cat and dog buried out in backyard and everyone is happy. My first grand-baby at 6 months old he was given a Yorkie for her birthday from my sister-in-law still mentally at Woodstock is all i can figure.Left my husband got to the next state turned around and went back and got him,my husband would of caged him when in fact he should have been caged for letting his sister give us such a big responsibility and did not even ask before doing it, long story short I have 4 Yorkie's 3 males and yea 1 female I have almost killed myself running and jumping and making battle grounds to keep them off her,I cannot get her to the vet quick enough or having enough money to get her fixed, I'm on fixed income and I have no clue were I can get vet care reasonably priced. Alone and lost Indiana any ideas??????

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alexadry 17 months ago from USA Author

Try to Google your town or city followed by these words "low cost spay and neuter" Hopefully near you you have a low cost spay and neuter clinic. in my neck of the woods they will spay a large dog for only $60. Best of luck!

rajith 8 months ago

Hi, I have a 7 month rottie. She had bleed today morning. Could you help me to figure this out how should I take care of her. And how to try the vicks trick.

Erma 4 months ago

I know this is probably the dumbest question out there pertaining to dogs in heat but because we have rescued 2 dogs, one is a black male lab and the other a small female shitzu who is now n heat and are not fixed I'm afraid that the lab will get a hold of her and kill her cause she's small and still a virgin. So my question is where or how do we use the Vicks?

Maw Maw Ida 2 months ago

My male Boston Terrier yelps like someone is hurting him and I'm wondering if it may be because my female pit bull is in heat? He usually shakes horribly and growls when he's petted, but now we're not sure if he's hurt himself, or if it's where my female is almost out of heat. She only has a few days left. It has us worried, but we cannot find anything on him that looks like he's injured. We take very good care of our pets and they both are spoiled rotten to the core. Our male dog was eating alot, but since she's almost out of heat, he hasn't been eating as much. We're hoping that his behavior is just because she's in heat, but if he's not better in the next few days, he's going to the vet. Being on a fixed income, we haven't had the money to get them fixed, but praying we can do it soon for both their sakes. Our male dog yells like he's in pain when he's just laying around and we're honestly worried sick. Has anyone had this experience? Thanks so much for reading.

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alexadry 2 months ago from USA Author

A vet check up is the best thing to do when in in doubt. In the meanwhile as you wait for an appointment, you can try to have a friend or relative keep your female dog for a bit so to see if she is the trigger. You can also do the opposite, have somebody watch your male and observe him. Also carefully watch your male, does he yelp in a particular circumstance, such as when lying down or getting up? Spinal injuries, back pain, abdominal pain are notorious for causing yelping. Usually, male dogs would whine rather than yelp when female dogs are in heat, but sometimes dogs act in uncharacteristic ways when females are in heat, but as said, best to see vet when in doubt.

christy 8 weeks ago

Can a pregnant dog be mistaken for being in heat?

Rhonda 3 weeks ago

I'm gonna breed my dogs in the future but they're both too young. Right now I crate them and keep them separate but when I feel bad for them and let them out to stretch I put a condom and tape on my male. He still try's but so far so good. He gets frustrated and throws himself on the floor

Stacey Ferguson 4 days ago

I have two bitchs and a dog . I was wondering if anyone could tell me if vicks works as am at my witts end woth mess and crying.

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