bitch on heat? on lead or off?

(22 Posts)
NoahVale Thu 27-Oct-16 19:32:39

daft question i know but surely its obvious

Wolfiefan Thu 27-Oct-16 19:33:14

Inside or only exercised in safe and secure area.

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 27-Oct-16 19:34:20

Don't dog owners spay their dogs?.

NoahVale Thu 27-Oct-16 19:35:18

what is spay?

Wolfiefan Thu 27-Oct-16 19:36:00

Neuter OP. Prevents pyometra (spelling?) too.

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 27-Oct-16 19:36:58

Neutering, removing the ovaries so they can't get pg. or removing the trouble nuts in male dogs I wanted Dh done, it would calm him right down I reckon

NoahVale Thu 27-Oct-16 19:37:38

my aunty, her female boxer, first season, thinks it is ok off lead and the male is at fault.
no mating occurred luckily.

Spanielcrackers Thu 27-Oct-16 19:38:28

On and road walks only.
We have a couple of dog owners round here who insist on walking their in heat bitches on popular dog walking fields.
I was told you should put them in the car and drive to somewhere far from home to walk them.

TeriyakiStirfry Thu 27-Oct-16 19:39:50

Your aunty is wrong, and very lucky that no mating occurred. She needs to get her bitch spayed, and until then only indoors or in a secure area while on heat.

Ginmakesitallok Thu 27-Oct-16 19:40:45

So all non neutered male dogs should be kept on the lead in case there's a bitch on heat? Now, I'm not one for victim blaming, but it's up to your aunt to keep her dog safe and not pregnant.

Piehunter Thu 27-Oct-16 19:41:01

The dog shouldn't even be out for walks in "normal" hours, early morning before peak time and late night. Secure garden under direct supervision only. It's worth knowing that it's not just mating that's a problem, it can make male dogs aggressive towards each other and generally is really frowned upon, for good reason, it can cause havoc!

Spanielcrackers Thu 27-Oct-16 19:43:14

Oh, it's the male dog's fault? I hope she has a thick skin. I had one man scream at me to keep my male dog away from his bitch as she was in heat. He was told to bugger off as my dog was family planned, unlike his.

Soubriquet Thu 27-Oct-16 19:43:15

Shouldn't even be out walking

If she has to walk her, should be on lead and then only first thing in the morning or last thing at night

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 27-Oct-16 19:44:21

I saw a dog on tv with pyometra, they just saved her before the uterus ruptured everywhere.

It was awful.

tabulahrasa Thu 27-Oct-16 19:46:29

On lead and walking in quiet places at quiet times, some owners don't walk them at all.

Wolfiefan Thu 27-Oct-16 19:49:26

Pyometra is bloody awful. Unless I intended to breed a bitch I would always have it spayed.
Don't flame me. We are dog free and if we get a girl it will be done!!

pigsDOfly Thu 27-Oct-16 19:53:27

Your auntie is being very irresponsible to allow her bitch off lead when she's on heat. She should be kept indoors or on lead and away from other dogs.

Is she seriously suggesting that a male dog is at fault when it's following what is, next to the need for food and water, the biggest driving force and instinct in most animal's lives? A male dog can't help itself and if her bitch get pregnant, she'll be the only one at fault.

She clearly has no understanding of dogs and she needs to get her bitch spayed. If she doesn't at some point there's going to be a litter, or more, of unplanned for puppies born to her poor bitch.

More unwanted puppies for one of the, already, over full rescues to deal with, no doubt.

randomsabreuse Thu 27-Oct-16 19:54:00

There's quite a lot of opinions that suggest a larger breed (like a boxer) should have at least 1 season before being spayed so her not being done yet isn't an issue... off lead in a dog heavy area is a nightmare - the dogs will know about her well before humans do with their amazing sense of smell - first thing the human knows is when the dog takes off!

WyldFyre Fri 28-Oct-16 08:01:20

In heat bitches can run off after a male as well. Had this with one of ours - she managed to get out of the garden.

MrSlant Fri 28-Oct-16 08:06:54

Not fair on the girl dog or any male dogs in the vicinity to let her off the lead anywhere at all. I would (and did - now spayed) keep my bitch indoors during her season, even if you go out late/early her scent markings will drive the other dogs wild and they will try to get to your house. They could be run over crossing a road or anything.

StandardPoodle Tue 01-Nov-16 18:32:51

1. Keep on a lead.
2. Avoid all other dogs.
3. Unless you are going to breed, spay.

Shriek Tue 01-Nov-16 18:45:47

It wld be far better to spay early than let this girl out the house at all unless can travel to dog free zones at odd hours even then is a risk
A bitch in heat scent travels miles and it is the bitches owners responsibility to protect securely their bitch on heat and to be responsible for the already huge dog population

Not to mention the risk involved in this set up trying to manage pregnant/wheloing bitch and the risks/costs involved

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