We haven't had a chance to have our rescue pup fixed yet.... we don't want puppies so we will definitely be doing this. She will be a year old this month and all of a sudden she's started jumping our fence and escaping. It all started about a week ago when the neighbor's parrot escaped and flew towards our house. Our pup got really excited and jumped right over trying to snatch the parrot. After that incident she didn't do it again until today. She escaped 3 times before dh came home. She kept running over to the neighbor's house who happens to have boy dogs. Dh came home and put her on a lead but let her loose while he was out there watching her. She escaped 2 more times during this time. She's also been whining relentlessly and licking herself. I'm not sure what to think. She normally has an inferiority complex and is very submissive. She also never leaves our other female dog's side... who is definitely the leader of the pack and has been fixed. Normally if we try to separate them she cries for hours, but now it seems like she has no interest in the other dog and just wants to leave.
Does it sound like she has gone into heat and is searching for a male or could it be that she has just discovered she can get out successfully? We have a huge fenced in backyard so it's not like she doesn't have plenty of room to run and play. This is just really weird and not like her. Also I wasn't sure if females acted the same way as male dogs do. I know it's normal for males to run away looking for a female but do females display the same behavior?
I haven't seen any blood or anything but I've heard sometimes the first heat cycle can be a more internal cycle with no show.
Most girls don't go looking for a guy.The guys come running to the girls. Check her to see if you have any blood.Use a white paper towel or toilet paper to check for a did charge. And them confine her to a leash when out side. She could just be a fence jumper and you might have to get a higher fence to keep her in.
The first thing I would do is make your fence escape proof. Female dogs will go to male dogs, if there is one near by; so you can't trust her to stay in. If she's really in heat you will be able to tell pretty soon. Her back end should be swollen and there should be blood as well.Of course all dogs are different, but that's usually what you see. You can buy panties for dogs, to keep the mess at bay, or you may not need them, if she keeps herself scrupulously clean. These panties are no protection what so ever against a dog, he will have it ripped off in a few seconds. Since your dog can escape, I would be very concerned about dogs getting in. Good luck with her.
I'm actually hoping it is a heat cycle because I don't want her trying to escape all the time. The next highest fence would be a privacy fence, the fence we have now is a metal 5 foot fence, but since we have almost an acre fenced in we wouldn't be able to get a new fence for quite a while. I feel so bad having to keep her on a lead but she just can't be trusted right now. We finally saw how she was getting out. She stretches her paws towards the top of the fence, puts her bottom paws in the lower holes of the fence, and basically climbs over.
I don't see any swelling at all on her, but it's really strange how she keeps going over to the neighbor's house to see their dogs when usually she's scared to death of other dogs.
Even if she's not in heat or if she's spayed, she's realized by this point that she can jump the fence, and will continue to do so every opportunity she can. Keep her on a leash at all times. Just because she's running over to the neighbor's house now doesn't mean she won't run into a road in the future and get hit by a car.
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.