We all have a level of understanding of how the human race reproduce and the workings of male and female bodies. Male and female dogs are not that different. Female dogs come into season a lot less than female humans (gets the thumbs up from me already) but it is YOUR responsibility to ensure her safety while she is in season.

Puppies are adorable but can be very difficult to look after when they're not expected. If you're not looking to increase your family size with puppies yet still want to walk your dog while she is in season, here are some pointers.

First though, be very aware that while she's in season she will think she is the best thing on four legs and will be looking to strut her stuff. She knows she's looking the business and she wants to show off and get some attention. There's nothing wrong with this but like all females on any mission she will go all out to achieve this. Don't underestimate the lengths she will go to, to escape! Secondly, male dogs will rock up like a superstar is in town. Again it is YOUR responsibility to control the crowd and situation, not the owners of the other dogs.

With this in mind:
Walk her on a lead at all times.
Use a strong, short lead - not a flexi or extendable lead.
Ensure her collar is not damaged and is tight enough so she is unable to back out of it.
Walk at anti-social hours; early morning, later in the evening.
Walk when and where you know other dog owners are less likely to be around.
Go for a drive! Take her somewhere more remote and out of the way.
Avoid parks and other busy doggie areas, head for quieter areas.
Avoid training classes and hiring dog walkers during this time.
Ensure your garden is secure and Houdini proof.
Playing games in the garden is another alternative to provide exercise.
You can cover her up if you wish using toddler's vests or the commercially produced underwear that's available for when they are in season.
Use a yellow ribbon or Yellow Dog UK product to alert anyone that you do come within walking distance of that your dog needs space.
Be a cool and sensible owner!

For pet advice from a professional, contact me.

Annaliese Morgan DipAVN (Surgical) RVN MBVNA

www.annaliesemorgan.com

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