Dpup has had her first season. We are on Week 4 now . No blood for 2 weeks but everything is still swollen. Cant wait to get her back into walking lots. She is currently sat crying by front door. She is not enjoying road walks and misses dog chums. She is a bit with other bitches atm i'm hoping that goes with her season.
I desperately need to know this too! Dpup has started her first season, we're unsure of exactly when as she is very good at keeping clean and the last week or so of walks we haven't encountered many dogs! I think about day 4 of bleeding. Never had a bitch before so no idea what I'm doing we have a camping trip in just under 3 weeks and were literally just about to pay for a holiday for 3 weeks tim. Is there any way we can still do these? Such bad timing, although considering she's just turned 1 we were due it!
Daisydotandgertie I've no blood yet, but heavy signals from male dogs (previously showing no interest) now extremely interested in her rear end. Took her for a walk this morning and the interest continued, though I'm watching her like a hawk and checking none of the males are entire).
Can I start counting the 28 days from when this interest started?
Rarely a bitch can have silent seasons but it is unusual.
Is it her first season you're expecting? And what's the breed?
Mine always show signs of a build up - they all get a bit deaf and headstrong, and are a bit less keen to please.
The sheet in a bed is a fail safe indicator and until you see blood, there's no need to worry. The fertile period - ie when the bitch will move heaven and earth to get to a dog is anywhere between days 7 - 16ish, and is often indicated by a change from red blood to a straw colour discharge. But not always!
Ah. Yes. I know a few Labs like that. You'll have to make do with a twice daily tissue dab instead!
It's really unusual for a Lab to have a silent season, so I think that's unlikely to happen. Do you know at what age her Mother had her first season? It's often a handy guideline for her daughters - maybe the breeder can help you?
She will start to swell from her very neat little cone before the season starts too.
You really don't need to worry about the dogs at the moment - nothing will happen yet. If one gets too amorous, don't think twice about taking hold of his collar and taking him off her with a firm 'no'.
If this is your first in season bitch for ages, don't underestimate their will to get to a dog once the fertile season starts (that's why I'd never in a million years take one camping - she would eat her way out of the tent if she could) and take very special care but during the other parts of it, she is likely to avoid being mated.