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post #11 of 59 (permalink) Old 06-10-2018, 01:34 PM Thread Starter
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My stray dog is outside dog. He stays outside, except for a short visits in the house, when he wants food. So backyard doors will be now closed all day, in opposite of being opened all day. And my girl will be all day inside with me.

As I posted recently, we have motocycle to drive around with both my dogs. So Im capable of taking her for a walks to a places, where are no dogs. Unfortunately it means, that Archie (stray dog male) will be now neglected. Because I can't see how could he drive/go on a walk with us.

Right now our schedule is: 2 hours afternoon walk in remote areas ( playing, swimming, training) + 10 minutes night walk in the village. So GSD girl will be getting only 2 hours and Archie will be getting only 10 minutes walks.

Of course all my plans will change once I get first experience with having a dog in the heat. My entire life we/I always had only males.
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First estrus generally occurs when an unspayed female dog is between six and 24 months old.[/I]"
Ah, okay. That doesn't mean that large breeds won't have a first heat until 24 months old, just that the first heat will occur somewhere in the 6 to 24 month range. I think Dena was around 8 months, Halo was close to a year, maybe 11 months. I don't remember with Cassidy and Sneaker.

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Angel went into heat around 8 months old, her vulva was swollen a week be4 hand it was obvious. then she had spotting and i made sure she was on lock and key for the next month.
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Its coyotes that are after Inga when she's in heat. They leave their calling cards on the driveway. No off leash potty breaks at night for Inga!

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I just wanted to add that I had some females that came into heat three times a year. Anyone keeping a young, unspayed female should watch her carefully and see what's normal for her.
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I just wanted to add that I had some females that came into heat three times a year. Anyone keeping a young, unspayed female should watch her carefully and see what's normal for her.
I have an 8 year old female who came in heat 3 times a year up until this past year when she settled for two 6 week long heats. So yes there is no "normal". Again with that word I dislike. Lol.
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So glad you started this thread! Mei will be six months VERY soon and we have NO idea what to expect lol.

No one has asked this question yet....and my wife asked me this too...

Can she wear a dog diaper during heat?

Ya, we're pretty clueless as well. Just been told to keep her in site at all times, and no social classes during. We plan on spaying her, still researching our options, after she has a heat cycle or two.

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Can she wear a dog diaper during heat?

Ya, we're pretty clueless as well. Just been told to keep her in site at all times, and no social classes during. We plan on spaying her, still researching our options, after she has a heat cycle or two.

Yes, she can wear a "sanitary product." The question is, will she?


I covered my floor with light-colored sheets and kept the dogs on them. As long as I was near they didn't mind. They were easy to launder and let me see literally, where they were along in the process.


Good Luck, and don't trust her.
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Yes, she can wear a "sanitary product." The question is, will she?


I covered my floor with light-colored sheets and kept the dogs on them. As long as I was near they didn't mind. They were easy to launder and let me see literally, where they were along in the process.


Good Luck, and don't trust her.
@PRoberts I have a stack of old sheets specifically for this! Other people think I am crazy, but the diapers I found messy and none of my girls kept them on. I guess people do things that work for them, I have mostly laminate flooring so I drop the sheets over the few rugs and on Shadows loveseat and keep the mop handy. I have never had an issue and as you said it keeps things visible. Lol.

For those who want to use diapers, they do NOT prevent breeding! Seen a few with oops litters because owners thought they did.
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I keep bitches apart from dogs for the entire 3 weeks. Some bitches ovulate very early in the heat cycle. Others ovulate late. Usually the darker blood turns lighter around the time of ovulation. Usually dogs will change how they relate to her. At first they are just grooming her and checking her out. Then they will try to mount her. At some point, she will stand and flag her tail. That is called standing heat. Usually there is a three day window.

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