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    Question Please Help

    Ok, I need some help...I'm looking after a house for 3weeks and the owners have a bitch that is going on heat very soon.
    They told me to keep an eye out for any signs and to ring them so they can let me know when to put her into the pen so she doesn't have any puppies, as there getting her fixed in a month.
    I haven't been able to get hold of them!
    can anyone tell me the signs when his going to get her so i know when?? yestursday he was doing alot of smelling and didn't eat anything, i stayed outside with them for about an hour watching for any signs and thats all that was happening... no sign of humping.
    Today i went out to feed them and the next door neighbour popped their head over the fence and said the dogs have been fighting alot today...the male is still not eating and now smelling and trying to hump her, he jumps on then gets straight back off, she is doing the same to him, it was quite funny to watch.
    I have put her into the pen 5mintues ago just until i get a answer or get hold of the owners.
    Is it time to put her in the pen and how long for?

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    Hi Skye,

    You poor thing!

    Does the female dog have any vaginal discharge/swelling? If she does, she is in season.

    I would put her into her pen and only allow her out for a play in the garden under full supervision without the male dog.
    Make sure she has lots of stimulation, toys, water, comfy bed etc

    What is her pen like? Size? How secure is it?

    Male dogs will do ANYTHING to get to a female in season and vice versa, so be prepared.

    There is a chance she has already concieved from what you have said.

    I am sorry you have been left in this position and that the owners did not desex her sooner,

    I would have her at the vet asap to be desexed (within the next two/three weeks)

    B

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    Hi Billy,
    No vaginal discharge that i can see, she is swelling but not alot.
    I was looking up pictures on the net on how big it can get and she isn't as big as the pictures...I'm guessing she's coming off or coming on from the pictures and looking at her.
    Yep she stayed in the pen all night until i know i'm safe to let her out.
    The pens pretty big, kinda like a little garden shed and very thick layered wire which you can only just get a finger through...the way it's been built i couldn't see her getting out or dogs trying to get her through the wire (well i'm hoping)
    I just let her out to have a play for about 2hours while i was outside and put him in the pen while she was out just incase he was to jump on her when i wasn't looking(I really don't want to be help for her having babies)
    How long do you think i need to keep her in this pen for?
    I work 6hours a day, so she has to stay in there until i get off work...which i think is pretty mean but thats all i can do.

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    Hi Skye. Not a very easy position you've been put in!

    She should be in season for about three weeks - read at LEAST three weeks.

    She will be MOST receptive at the end of that time, but could possibly be bred at any time (as every bitch is an individual) during the season. She should look quite visibly swollen, but may not have much discharge, many dogs are adept at keeping themselves clean - but she could look damp around her vulva region from licking herself.

    If the other dog has been jumping on her but straight off again she should be ok. If a mating occurs the male will get stuck to her (tied) for a period of time.

    So if you keep her in her pen, and lock the other one away when she's out (but have him on a lead when you open the pen door - dogs can be VERY quick!! ). Usually when she becomes receptive she'll be very sooky instead of playful (again varies between individuals) and won't usually mount back - but will stand waiting for the male to figure out what she's after...

    It may seem mean to lock her up but the alternative is worse - unwanted pregnancy not only has the obvious problems but also is a considerable health risk for the bitch.

    As long as her pen is cleaned every day she's fine with a couple of hours exercise (I wouldn't take her walking outside the yard though - bandits could be lurking around every corner!!). So I'd keep her confined until the owners return. That way she (and you) should be safe!

    Good luck!!

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    Great advice for you Skye

    It is very hard to know how far along she is or if anything has happened yet....as they have already been alone together. Which is not your fault at all.

    It is possible for a female to concieve days after mating (crafty little buggars!)

    If she has concieved her cycle will stop or drop off although there are no hard and fast answers. I am not an expert on this or a breeder, just rescue experience.

    How long are the people away for? I would let them know and hope that she is desexed as soon as possible just in case.

    I agree with Nattylou, it is not nice worrying about them in a confined space but it is the best course of action for her now.

    The owners are very lucky to have such a responsible caring person minding their babies and home

    B

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    Hi Nattylou,
    Yeah, i've been put into a mess at the moment with theses dogs
    I'll get it sorted though and hopefully i caught her just as she was coming into sesson(I hope and not coming off)
    Yep, she's staying in that pen until the owners get home i'm affaired.
    She didn't have anything to lay on but the hard ground...so i put one of the owners pillows in there for her to lay on(hope they don't mind) hahaha!

    Hi Billy,
    The owners aren't back until the 7th of march
    I'll cope tho and i'm sure the dogs will too, though i'm not sure about the male his getting pretty angry at me at this point(had to give him time out)
    Thankyou! I love dogs...I guess i treat them like my kids


    Another thing sorry to be asking so many questions (this is why i don't have dogs spoil them and hand them back)
    When i let her out for dinner and a play, she just sat around and wouldn't do as she was told like when to go back into the pen it was like she didn't want me there and this dog always listen to commands...is it just cause shes on heat or is the pen getting to her?

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    Quote Originally Posted by skye View Post
    When i let her out for dinner and a play, she just sat around and wouldn't do as she was told like when to go back into the pen it was like she didn't want me there and this dog always listen to commands...is it just cause shes on heat or is the pen getting to her?
    Sounds like she's definitely starting. They can really change their behaviour, and being queit and sulky is common. She doesn't mean to be disobedient, she just has other things on her mind!!

    Like Billy said, they can be mated more than once. Dogs can actually birth litters a week or so apart, and have multiple fathers for the one litter... or split litters. Clever beasties aren't they!? False pregnancy is also common in dogs so don't panic if she shows signs of it in the next few weeks - as long as she's been confined!

    Desexing is at a higher risk during this time due to the increased blood supply to the uterus. But if she does get mated it can be performed just after, before the uterus and embryos start to grow - with not too much extra cost or risk to her. Is still safer (and cheaper!) than going through with a pregnancy!!

    I hope your friends appreciate you for all this!!

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    Hi Skye,

    Wow it is all happening there!

    Great advice from Nattylou.

    Now your own safety is very important Skye what is the male doing to concern you?

    I should have asked the breeds/ size earlier, do you know what they are?

    If the male is concerning you/showing any aggression perhaps he should be put in the pen and the female in the laundry or bathroom inside....

    Have you been able to contact the owners yet?

    In terms of bedding old blankets and towels are good for a short term fix...I buy them from second hand shops for the doggies, baby blankets are also great, very cosy and cheap! Bill the owners!!

    I am worried about you....what area/state are you in?

    I hope you are paid well for this, you deserve it!

    If you need too, give me a call 0408663211

    B

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    Hi Nattylou,
    Thankyou for the information!

    Hi Billy,
    The male was trying to put it over me, as in trying to nudge me and had a couple barks at me...but his fine now.
    I think it was his way in seeing if he could control me or not(didn't work i showed him who was boss).

    Their Bull Terriers (big breed) His 5 years old i think or maybe 6 and very build i mean he looks like a brick house lol...she is 2years old maybe 2 1/2 and a little smaller then him.

    Yes i got hold of the owners this morning and they contacted the vets for me and she's booked in tomorrow

    Yep for blankets they informed me all there bedding is in the lockup shed so i grabbed them out.

    I'm in western australia...no need to be concerned i'm fine, if i knew i was in danger i'd call my partner to come help me out with him
    thanks for worrying tho

    Haha, i said to the owners on the phone "you have caused me alot of stress out of this and laughed you owe me big time"...he then said "don't worry we have you covered and are very thankful for everything i've done".

    So she goes in tomorrow, i'll let you know how she went.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skye View Post
    Hi Billy,
    The owners aren't back until the 7th of march
    I'll cope tho and i'm sure the dogs will too, though i'm not sure about the male his getting pretty angry at me at this point(had to give him time out)
    Thankyou! I love dogs...I guess i treat them like my kids

    So sorry I didn't even see this! Am feeling a bit daft...
    I'm glad Billy is looking out for you (thanks Billy! ).

    I hope you're ok and the male doesn't keep being silly. Look after yourself too!! Maybe keep the hose in one hand while you're in the yard and give him a little squirt if he gets to full of himself!

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