How to tell when a season is over?

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Springerfan Wed 10-Apr-19 18:10:01

It's been 4 weeks and 2 days since my springer started bleeding. All the physical signs have gone. I took her off lead in the local park today for the first time since the season started. An intact male puppy was definitely interested - sniffing and chasing her. She seemed more interested in her ball and was happy to come to me when called. I assumed she must be ok, then i noticed her lifting her tail when another dog sniffed her - does this mean she is still at risk of mating?
Should I keep on lead for another few days to be sure?

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drinkswineoutofamug Wed 10-Apr-19 21:44:09

My dog is having a season atm. For how long can I expect her to be a grumpy mare? She's barking and snapping at everyone, totally out of character. Only on day 2 of bleeding

mimibunz Wed 10-Apr-19 21:47:47

Why aren’t these dogs spayed? There are too many homeless dogs out there being euthanised because of irresponsible owners.

Springerfan Wed 10-Apr-19 21:50:03

The spay is booked - is that responsible enough for you?

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Springerfan Wed 10-Apr-19 22:05:35

Drinkswine - i've read that bitches in season are a bit more grumpy in the first week, and would reject male advances given the opportunity.
Then as they enter the most fertile week they get more frisky.
Ours was more clingy around me, drinking more, i think less tolerant of visitors too
If it's any consolation, the mess wasn't as bad as i expected, just a few spots most days. I took the rug up in the kitchen and just kept her out out of the living room.
The onlead walks were a drag though. She is used to up to 2 hours off lead most days. I can't wait til it's over.
She's done very well though. Good luck!

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drinkswineoutofamug Wed 10-Apr-19 22:28:19

There's always one 🙄

Vet wouldn't spay my girl till she had a seen season. Then she's going in.
Yes to the lead walks , taking her to the park at 6am when no other dogs about for a run.

Walney Thu 11-Apr-19 13:02:01

Also interested because my basset hound has just started her first season (9 months old), she's mostly upset because she misses her doggy friends that she plays with every day.

How can you tell if they are in season? We went to the park on Monday morning as usual and the reaction from male dogs meant I had to turn around right away, they were all over her (never had a girl dog before so its all new to us, we thought it was close). Ours hasn't made any mess but she is definitely showing all the signs (increased licking/cleaning and swollen), is the mess/bleeding obvious?

Agree about the on lead walking, ours is used to being able to run around in the park so being on the lead isn't her idea of fun.

She will be spayed, we were recommended to let her have one season first for growth reasons.


Springerfan Thu 11-Apr-19 17:46:38

Hi Walney, the first signs I noticed were little spots of blood on her bedding, swollen vulva and nipples, and increased licking of the area.
The bleeding increased over the first week/10 days or so, leaving little spots on the floor. Then it stopped but other physical signs remained. When the bleeding stops they are at their most fertile and receptive to males, so I was extra careful on walks during this time.
We've just come back from an off-lead walk in a small park. She was showing off a bit to an intact male but he wasn't interested so I think we're ok now. Another male had a sniff but didn't take it further.
Don't know if it's coincidence but she's barked at people approaching her lately, which she never did before

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SlothMama Mon 15-Apr-19 10:57:10

Pipe down @mimibunz most vets won't neuter/spay a dog until they've reached sexual maturity, which makes sense as this allows them to develop properly.

My girl has been out of season for a month now and she's still attracting attention, some dogs won't leave her alone and keep licking her bits. I am taking her to the vet this week to discuss spay options and I'll ask if and when she'll stop being interesting. As it's males and females doing it!

Springerfan Mon 15-Apr-19 20:14:41

Slothmama - I gave my girl a bath before venturing off-lead in the woods. She didn't get any hassle. I can cope with a bit of sniffing, as long as it doesn't escalate to humping!
Let us know what your vet says

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