We recently became the owners of two Shelties. The male is 3 1/2 yrs. old. The girl dog is 4yrs. old. She is now in Season, but she is not bleeding. The male dog gets on her, but only for a few seconds at a time. Is this normal? I called our vet, but have got no response yet. I'm confussed and my husband is at his wits end with the noise and the smell. Can some one please help me.????
Have them fixed. It is only thing you can do. The male will whine and cry. You will have to keep them totally seperated for nearly 3wks. I would suggest making an appointment now for the male, and then have the female done as soon as her heat is over. She will not have any discharge, then it will be bright red. After that a light stain, typically then the bitch is ready for breeding. That can be fertile for several days up to a week.
He will continue to whine, cry, bark and carry on until the smell is completely gone. It could be a while. I would not allow him to mount her at all, each mounting is a possible litter. Have them both fixed
Illusion is right, get them fixed ASAP, and your life will be so much easier. I've never noticed a smell before my girls start bleeding, and only a slight odor then. I wonder if she actually has an infection of some sort? Has anyone else noticed an odor? Is it maybe a smell that men are more sensitive too? I keep my dogs in the house, and worry that the place smells doggy and I don't notice, because I live here. I spend a good deal of my time washing dogs, and dog bedding. If there is an odor that I'm not noticing when they are in heat, I'd like to know. You know, so I can spend even more time washing dogs and bedding
Wow, I had no idea. I know mine don't smell that bad! I think I will have my brother come over and take a whiff the next time someone is in heat, though. A good thing about brothers, you can always count on them to be honest with you about things like that Thank you for the reply!