3 Ways to Calm a Dog When a Female is in Heat

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3 Ways to Calm a Dog When a Female is in Heat
3 Ways to Calm a Dog When a Female is in Heat

A dog is naturally attracted to a female dog in heat, as the male is biologically programmed to react to the female's scent. Having a dog near a female dog in heat can be stressful for both animals. Keeping him away from her and creating a relaxing and safe environment for the two dogs if they live together can prevent them from becoming physically involved. In addition, both must be neutered to minimize unwanted procreation, reduce some cancers, and improve animal behavior.


Method 1 of 3: Separating Male from Female

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Step 1. Keep the male away from the female until she is no longer in heat

The only way to keep a dog calm is to get him away from the bitch in heat, as he won't be able to control himself. Put the dog indoors or in a kennel if the female is going to be around outdoors, as this can prevent her from smelling her.

Don't go out for a walk with both of them at the same time and don't let them play together

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Step 2. Place the animals in separate locations on opposite sides of the house

If both dogs live in the same place, keep them as far apart as possible, as the male can smell the female. Lock them in separate rooms and away from each other. Keep the doors closed and try not to put them out at the same time so they don't get together in the same place.

Do not leave any toy or dog items in the dog's room as they will contain her scent. Just smelling the item can make the dog whimper, moan, and scratch at the door

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Step 3. Keep the dog indoors and the dog outdoors if space is limited

If you don't have many rooms available or if the location is a little cramped, keep the dog indoors in a room and let the dog outside until the heat is over. But do this only if you have a fence that will prevent the animal from escaping.

  • This option is only realistic if the weather outside is favorable and there is no law in your region that prohibits dogs from being free.
  • Do not leave the dog in heat outdoors, as she may try to run away to breed, and also attract other dogs with the scent.
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Step 4. Place the dog in a kennel until the end of heat

You can try as hard as you can to keep the dogs separate in the house, but you may not be able to control the dog's aggressive behavior toward the bitch. If so, put him in a kennel throughout the heat phase, which can last up to three weeks.

Prepare the dog to stay in the kennel by taking them for short periods to get used to. So you can make a reservation and leave it there while the bitch is in heat

Method 2 of 3: Creating a Calm Home Environment

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Step 1. Spray methanol on the dog's tail

Vick VapoRub or another methanol spray are great options as they can mask the dog's scent during heat. Spray the spray several times a day to keep the dog calm when in the same house or location as the female.

  • Prevent the dog from licking the spray by distracting her with a toy or a treat while the product is drying.
  • The spray can be irritating to your pet, so talk to your veterinarian before using it.
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Step 2. Play with the two separately during the dog's heat

Keep them entertained and distracted by playing with them separately. Put the dog in a room with toys to keep her busy. Then take the dog outside to play.

  • After playing with the dog, play with the female indoors while the male is outside in a fenced area.
  • Try to maintain a good balance by playing with both of you equally, in separate places, so that you are both calm and relaxed.
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Step 3. Take the male for a walk regularly

Have a regular walking routine with your dog, dedicating enough time to the breed and size. The walks keep him away from the female, and he'll have expended a lot of energy by the time he gets home.

Avoid taking the female dog for a walk during heat, as she can be a distraction for males in the neighborhood. Take her to a fenced area in your backyard and supervise her to prevent her from running away or chasing any males that pass by

Method 3 of 3: Castrating the Male

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Step 1. Talk to your veterinarian about neutering the two animals

Both will behave better if they are neutered. Most veterinarians recommend neutering a male for the first six months of age so he has fewer sex drives and testosterone levels. Castration also reduces the risk of getting certain diseases and cancers. Neutering the female also prevents certain types of cancer, such as breast tumors. The best option is to castrate her before the first heat, but you can still take her in for surgery after the first time.

It is important to remember that neutering the dog does not prevent him from reacting to bitches in heat: he will only be more in control. It is still necessary to keep a neutered dog away from a female in heat as a precaution

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Step 2. Do not feed the dog for eight hours before surgery

The veterinary clinic will give preoperative instructions and will generally ask the animal to go without food or drink for at least eight hours before surgery. Anesthesia can make the dog nauseous, so it is recommended that he have an empty stomach. You can even give it water to hydrate it.

Follow all your veterinarian's recommendations to ensure a smooth surgery and recovery

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Step 3. Allow the veterinarian to perform the procedure

The surgery is relatively quick and should be painless for the dog as he will receive anesthesia. The veterinarian will ask you to drop the animal off at the clinic in the morning and come back to pick it up in the afternoon.

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Step 4. Help him recover after surgery

The veterinarian can prescribe a pain medication if needed. The animal may feel nauseated after surgery and have a low appetite for the first few days, which is normal. Rest him and do not let him move or run too much for the first three days after the procedure to avoid complications.

  • The male's scrotum may be swollen for the first few days, but the swelling will reduce after the stitches are removed.
  • If he keeps licking the incision, he may need to get an Elizabethan necklace, which looks like a huge cone, to keep him from licking it.
  • If there are secretions on the incision or if the dog appears to be in a lot of pain, take him to the vet right away.
  • It is necessary to take him back to the clinic after seven to ten days to remove the stitches from the incision. But some veterinarians use dissolvable points.

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