Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Whitehorse, Yukon
Ironhide always gets a bit "space-y" about 2 weeks before her heat and stays like that for about 2 weeks after it is done.
I find she gets SUPER drivey, and her already "through the roof" energy gets even higher, I never even thought that was a possibility!
She is definitely less tolerant of young dogs during her "prime", and definitely can be a little sharp.
Overall, it is never a huge deal and she evens back out in the end. I have never noticed an odor coming off her, or my Leonberger, so I wonder if some dogs smell different, while others don't change.
My Leonberger has always been very confident, but defensive (almost no prey in that dog) and I found that letting her go through her heats has definitely mellowed her out. Even as a 3 month old puppy she NEVER played with other dogs, just observed and seperated anyone "getting out of hand". Letting her go through her heats matured her, and made her more balanced, I am definitely glad I decided not to spay/neuter her.