Steady boys!!!

21 Feb

Well the last few days have been “interesting” to say the least!! On saturday we had an eventful walk with a bitch that was at the end of her season. To say the walk was a nightmare was an understatement!! Rudy and Rio were beside themselves the whole walk and indeed they stayed at that level all the rest of that day and all night to the point I had to keep telling them off and trying to calm them down!!

Spring moon

Spring moon

Then sunday whilst walking with another friend and her male dog we bumped into my Mum and her male dog and all 4 of them were very frisky shall we say??!! It would appear they think Spring has sprung and the sap is definitely rising!! I have given thought in the past to using Rio as a stud dog as I have been approached a few times. Now thou I am having second thoughts as if they reacted as they did to just the possibilty of some fun, what on earth would they be like to live with if they were allowed to “achieve their potential”???!!!

I honestly don’t think I could cope with all the frantic pacing around and constant desire to be busy, if you catch my drift!! Or am I panicking unneccessarily? Does anyone have experience and any advice they can share? It took so long to get back to normal living I was exhausted!!!

Something in the air??

Something in the air??

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3 Responses to “Steady boys!!!”

  1. 2browndawgs February 21, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    Thunder is an intact male and he has been bred. Most of the time he is fine, even around a bitch in season. The exception of course is when Storm comes into season and then he has a tough time.

    One thing we do is to not allow him to potty where she does. It helps to keep them totally separate. He still has an idea she is in season, but it isn’t as bad as when we would let them potty in the same area (at different times, of course).

    One thing you might find interesting is that Thunder has been a bit growly with Freighter while Storm has been in season this time. We have had to keep Thunder and Freighter separate. However, when Storm was gone to her breeder for breeding Thunder and Freighter were friends again. Then when she came home, but was at the end of her season, growly Thunder came back. Storm is out of season now and no more growly Thunder…lol.

    We do plan to spay Storm when her breeding obligation is finished so that should end that problem and make more harmony in our house. Thunder will probably be neutered next year. Then we will only have one intact male. More harmony. 🙂 I think it is a bit harder for younger dogs to deal with a bitch in season than older dogs. Their brains leave…lol. We do continue to train even with a bitch in season (our trainer is a big proponent of this). We hope to teach that no matter the distraction, you still must do your job!

  2. Jane Parry February 21, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    Thanks for the advice that’s really helpful!! Wow that is so impressive still working the dogs even with the distraction of a bitch on heat!! How old are your boys? It’s really interesting to hear about growly Thunder!! I can imagine my 2 being like that aswell!!

  3. Jodi February 21, 2013 at 8:10 pm #

    Sorry I have no experience in this area, with the exception of Delilah going into season, but Sampson had been neutered and he didn’t seem bothered at all by it.

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