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post #1 of 58 (permalink) Old 12-20-2016, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
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Bitch in heat off her game

I have a 10 month old in her first heat. This is day 12 since she began spotting. Shes been fine in her training up until now, but today she does just not want to engage. Is this normal?
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Yep. Totally normal. She should be back to normal soon, if it's any consolation.
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She has males on her mind, not training. At this time in her heat she could very well be in her most fertile stage.
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LOL Yup! totally normal! They get a bit of an attitude, hormonal and all.
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Some bitches go through some weird changes when in heat. Some it is only the first heat. Others it is life long. Elena got flaky about gun fire with her second heat. Went away and never came back. Of course I was panicking at the time.

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Today Inga is blowing off commands she knows well. She is also barking a whole lot riding around in a kennel in the back of my truck. I have not seen the wanton sex crazed lady dog behavior of climbing out of her kennel although she is actually in full on estrus now. The only suitors are nocturnal male coyotes, fortunately.

Apparently, bitches are like mares. This is why cowboys like geldings. Mares get 'funny' for about 4 days and its every three weeks and do not work well. This is why I prefer mares myself. I identify with them.
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I wouldn't worry about it too much, I've heard it's pretty normal for females especially in their first heat to act differently, have a lack of focus, be extra vocal, extra clingy, distant, or even more focused, all depends on the dog. My girl had her first heat around 10 months too and did not have any issues training but I could tell she did not feel well at times. Too bad they can't just lay low and eat some tylenols like us humans do. I don't think in their first heat they really know what's going on yet, they just don't feel right and know something weird is going on. Mine didn't act like a hussy at all but in later heats as they mature that may change and they may have their minds completely set on finding a date. Hang in there, you're more than half way thru!
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My gals first heat was a breeze. A few weeks before her second heat she started behaving like an angsty teenager. I wanted my brave little puppy back, not this second guessing she-pup. So before her third heat she is getting spay. She had the advantage of the hormones during growth and by then will be about a 18 months old. I do hope she'll be more like her pre-heat self over time.
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Whenever I hear stuff like this I kinda roll my eyes a bit. Lack of reliability because of a change like this is more of an indictment of the level of training or the methodology used than anything else.

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Whenever I hear stuff like this I kinda roll my eyes a bit. Lack of reliability because of a change like this is more of an indictment of the level of training or the methodology used than anything else.
I do agree with what you're saying, which is also why I think most people who have questions like this tend to have young bitches. I'm assuming training just hasn't been proofed enough for the bitch to work through it.
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