I thought I'd pose this question here where the breeders who have been breeding for eons might have an answer for me.
My four year old intact chow bitch has an interesting behavior that is evidently linked with me rubbing her belly. She likes to have her belly rubbed and will "ask" me by jumping onto the bed and rolling onto her back within easy reach. I'll massage her belly and she'll lay there as long as I'm willing to continue.
But when I stop, she gets up and either remains on the bed or goes to one of the dog beds and starts nesting. She digs and grunts and turns circles and digs some more. On the bed, she'll push all the blankets into a heap if I let her. She'll do this for five, ten minutes and then she'll stop and stand there for a minute and then walk away and lay down somewhere else.
This happens <u>consistently</u> after I rub her belly. Is there some sort of hormonal connection? Is it because I rub where her nipples are? (do I WANT to know this? *L*). Is this a common intact female behavior after having the belly rubbed, or is it a weird chow thing?
None of my other dogs have done this. I had another intact chow until she was six years old, and my youngest GSD bitch is intact (19 months old at this time), plus I've had several spayed bitches. I can rub their bellies and no nesting behavior happens.
Any insight from you experienced breeders?
Melanie and the gang in Alaska
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