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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-28-2013, 10:39 AM Thread Starter
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Do you track you dog when she is in heat?

Are bitches any better, worse or no change in tracking ability when in heat?
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I track my female in heat - the reality is, she may be in heat sometime when we compete, so she needs to learn to work through it.

My female has an EXTREME tracking drive, to the point where she blows over food, and could care less that its there, she wants to track. When she goes into heat her energy and drives increase exponentially - the week before she goes into heat she loses her brain, but once she starts bleeding, she goes back to her usual self with more of an "edge" to her.

I don't find her tracking any better or worse when in heat - but since this is her highest drive normally, I wouldn't expect to see a change. But she can track usually for longer since her energy increases. But I can't say for sure that is due to her heat, or just due to her not being exercised as much as usual because she has to be leashed and/or run in fenced areas when in heat (obviously), whereas when she is not in heat we would hike, bike, swim etc. off leash for a few hours a day.
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Yes, I track them in heat. Sometimes I do notice a change, mostly in the younger females than as they mature and have more experience.

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People make such a big deal about dogs being in heat-its not like they loose their minds or something-seriously-just came back from my akc class -my female is in heat she did fine it was like any other training day-and the dogs around her worked fine too-oops sorry guess this is the schutzhund form-so things might be different in schutzhund-maybe vandal will come along and y'all can agree with her
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People make such a big deal about dogs being in heat-its not like they loose their minds or something-seriously-just came back from my akc class -my female is in heat she did fine it was like any other training day-and the dogs around her worked fine too-oops sorry guess this is the schutzhund form-so things might be different in schutzhund-maybe vandal will come along and y'all can agree with her
There is a big hormone change during heat which I was wondering could effect nose sensitivity. Not technically the same but when my wife was pregnant with both our children her nose became supersensitive (in a bad way, where normally fine foods were super offensive to her).
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My GSD just went through her first heat and there was absolutely no change in her personality, ball drive, wanting to play, eating or anything else. She was the same goofy lovable dog.
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Yes I. Just mindful to stay well downwind out of courtesy to other handlers, unless they want the challenge

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Yes I work my dogs no matter if they or other dogs at training are in heat. You never know when you might end up trialing with a dog in heat(whither it's your female or a competitors).
Just as I train in all types of weather. It's good to condition yourself & your dog for all possible scenarios and is crucial to being at your best come trial day.


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