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Thread: Are female dogs "hormonal" after having pups ?

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    Default Are female dogs "hormonal" after having pups ?

    "Rosie has had a huge couple of months. She gave birth to 6 very large puppies, then went out on foster to help them grow big and strong and then came down with k9 cough. She is now finally available to find her forever home and would love a family to give her the love she deserves. she will make a great mate for a loving person."

    So I am thinking about adopting this dog who is 4 years old. She gave birth 10-12 weeks ago.
    We have successfully integrated various fosters (male and female)who have all moved on to new homes.
    The fostering thing is hard on Snoopy, he grieves terribly as each one leaves us.

    So his new mate will be a permanent family member.
    We are not sure if this girl is too old or may be snappy with him.
    He is a playful happy go lucky boy 16 mths old GSPXXX de-sexed who loves everyone (too much sometimes).

    Should we be looking at a younger dog?

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    When Riley first came here, I had a 9 year old GSP girl - and he was a PITA 2 year old boy ! After careful introductions - there were no problems really that I was concerned about. A few niggles now and then - but nothing that couldn't be handled. They became best of mates very quickly.

    So - 'chubbsecurity' - you didn't say what breed she was - but I am assuming a cattle X ? - and as she is only 4 years old - so still a reasonably young lady - I would say - go for it !!!!!!

    I would say that Snoopy would be very happy to have 'an older lady' in the house - just for him !!!!!!!!!

    Good Luck !

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    By "hormonal" - do you mean "cranky"?

    Some mothers - more so than others - cranky that is. they're all hormonal. But hormones should be relatively settled after 12 weeks. Especially if the bitch has been desexed as well. She should be desexed before she's adopted - yes?

    Like with all fosters - you're going to have to ask - and meet this dog and so is Snoopy. She might be cranky, she might not. Her current foster carer should be able to advise if she should be an "only dog".

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    Yes Hyacinth, she is an awl dog so already desexed.
    Yes RileyJ, you are a mindreader or have noticed from my albums a fixation with blue dogs.
    I am not sure that the shelter is a good place for a first meeting.
    Snoopy may stress out and embarrass himself (cough...me).
    I will just go in the morning and see if she is an outgoing friendly type, or not.
    Thanks for the feedback.

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    chubbsecurity - we all have our preferences for our pups ! A good guess - hey !

    Girl pups are definitely different to the boys - from what I have found from the girl and the boy pups that I have owned over the years.

    The boys I have found to be more clingy and wanting to please more, while the girls have been more independent - still will do what you want and a pleasure to have around - but just different to the boys !

    As far as being hormonal after the litter - then no - I would not expect it. Enough time has elapsed and with her being young and now de-sexed - I really do not see it as a problem.

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    I dunno what the AWL is like there - but here - I don't think they will let you adopt unless you bring the whole family in, including the dog and the cat. The last thing they want is a dog coming back because it didn't get along with the critters at home.

    Which is a problem for critters (including humans) who get stressed out by the environment.

    You could still go see how friendly she is with you. Might be worth discussing it with them on the phone. If it's a dog on the internet - sometimes the internet listings are not very up to date. Ie dog already adopted out or whatever.

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    id go on my own first.
    and have the meeting outside the kennel on the green if there is a outside available area. I would have my dog in the area for 20 mins or so for a sniff around, play tug of war, a bit of obedience, then bring out the foster and intro.

    Im sure if you ask the kennel, they'd assist with this, they did with our previous fosters.

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    Pretty had no hormonal issues after her litter.
    Can you get a 2 week trial?

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    'chubbsecurity' - I know that I am being nosy - but does Snoopy have a new lady in his life ?

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    Hello RileyJ, Dang! I am looking at GSPs (falling under their spell).

    I spend too much time on the GSP FB page now, they were very kind
    and let me join the group even though Snoopy is a few cards short of a deck.

    Just do not know what to do - seeing a spotty young lady on Thursday at RSPCA.
    There is a liver/white mature (3yrs?) maybe not mature! GSP at Edenhof, I may email her.

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