Questions re: female's first heat

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SophieboxerX

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Sophie is 9mos old and is now going through her first heat. This if my first experience going through this...(as well as her) I haven't read a whole lot on it...but I know the basics. Sophie started to bleed a little (here and there) that was 4days ago. She's still bleeding (not a lot but enough to notice it) My biggest question is 1) how long does this bleeding(spotting) go on for? and 2) how long does the heat usually last?
 

gmacleod

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Her heat will last 21-28 days, though she probably won't bleed for all of that time. It will taper off to a straw-coloured discharge.

But you'll have to keep her under lock and key for the full 28 days - including potty breaks only on a leash, and no going out in public. Aside from the obvious risk of pregnancy, male dogs are going to be able to smell her from 5 miles + away, and if you take her out you'll leave a trail back to your door (where they'll all spend the next weeks camping LOL).
 

SophieboxerX

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thanx

Thank you for all the info...and it's true about the male dogs....they definitely have noticed around our neighbourhood...barking etc. And I am keeping her on "lock down" NO doggie park for a while :( but thanx god for our fenced yard. ;)
 

gmacleod

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Yes, a fence is a very good thing to have. But it's not foolproof - you should still take her out on a leash, or at the very least make sure you're always out there with her.

A boxer can clear a 6" privacy fence from a sitting position. Seriously, they can. And even if that's not your bitch jumping out, it can most certainly be a loose male jumping in. It's amazing the lengths they'll go to, so it pays to be aware.
 
gmacleod said:
Her heat will last 21-28 days, though she probably won't bleed for all of that time. It will taper off to a straw-coloured discharge.

But you'll have to keep her under lock and key for the full 28 days - including potty breaks only on a leash, and no going out in public. Aside from the obvious risk of pregnancy, male dogs are going to be able to smell her from 5 miles + away, and if you take her out you'll leave a trail back to your door (where they'll all spend the next weeks camping LOL).
WoW! I have males but I never knew it was that long I thought the heat was only while bleeding was happining and that's all. Good to know Thanks!
 

gmacleod

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LOL - no, the bleeding is just the proestrus period. The "real" heat, estrus, starts when the bleeding stops ;)
 
dozersmommy said:
WoW! I have males but I never knew it was that long I thought the heat was only while bleeding was happining and that's all. Good to know Thanks!

Definitely watch her in the yard--maybe keep her on lead to be safe--though it is more likely that a male would jump/break in than her breaking out! As GMAC said, males will do just about anything to get to a female in heat--so even your fenced yard isn't safe! :eek:
 
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