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How do you know when seasons over?

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samantha3232 Sun 07-Jun-15 09:16:05

Dpup has had her first season. We are on Week 4 now shock. 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 hmm with other bitches atm i'm hoping that goes with her season.

Collaborate Sun 07-Jun-15 18:55:41

Watching with interest, as DPup is about to start her first season (excessive sudden interest in her by male dogs).

Ninjamouse Wed 10-Jun-15 07:28:50

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!

Collaborate Wed 10-Jun-15 09:24:43

A season shouldn't last more than 3 weeks - 4 weeks tops.

Stinkersmum Wed 10-Jun-15 09:26:40

Are you all planning on breeding from your bitches?

daisydotandgertie Wed 10-Jun-15 11:38:37

One should allow 28 days for a season from first sight of blood. I wouldn't be taking an in season bitch camping, and she would also make a holiday very hard work. OP - where in week 4 is your bitch?

Collaborate Wed 10-Jun-15 14:08:07

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?



daisydotandgertie Wed 10-Jun-15 19:25:47

No. Afraid not. It's counted from the first sign of blood, so pop a white sheet in her bed to make sure you don't miss it. Has her vulva started to swell?

Collaborate Wed 10-Jun-15 20:51:55

The vulva doesn't seem swollen, but I didn't really examine it closely before. I've heard that sometimes they can be asymptomatic?

Oh well. Back to longer off-lead walks.

daisydotandgertie Wed 10-Jun-15 21:10:33

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!

Collaborate Wed 10-Jun-15 23:33:28

She's a 7th old Chocolate Lab. As well as being a sudden source of interest to the local dogs, she's become more affectionate than usual. Otherwise she's just the same.

Unfortunately the sheet in the bed wouldn't work. Everything like that is treated as an offering to chew(!).

daisydotandgertie Thu 11-Jun-15 05:51:29

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.

Collaborate Thu 11-Jun-15 07:04:53

I'll check about her mother, but one of her sisters at least is starting hers now.
No blood on the daily wipe. It's a relief to be able to take her out again to be honest.

daisydotandgertie Thu 11-Jun-15 08:16:48

If one of her sister's has come in, it's possible she won't be far off then - look out for increased squatting and lots of licking.

One of mine has the ladylike habit of a sort of running squatting wee when she is hormonal. She looks ridiculous!

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