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Post by Nifty staffy on Sat Mar 24 2018, 16:27

I took Nifty to canine club this afternoon but as it’s dry and sunny, arrived earlier.
There were a group of dogs loose in one of the rings and I was invited to join with Nifty.
This is great for her as being an only dog at home, it gives her an opportunity to socialize with her own species, so to speak.

Nifty is not at all dominant, very much the opposite, and she won’t easily tell others off either.
On entering the ring, she got humped by another female (apparently it’s that dog’s domination thing)
Then whilst running about, a couple of males were taking a big interest in Nifty’s “bits”, hence a comment that she was probably coming into season and would be a pain to work with (please read between the lines : don’t bring your bitch in season here !)

BUT, Nifty had her first season start the 1st January (yeah, one helluva NY greeting) so she isn’t supposed to be in season any time soon, right ?
Please reassure me that even the second season is supposed to come about 6 months after the first ?

Whilst Nifty was crouched down, a young male was sniffing her bits and then promptly cocked his leg to pee on her !
Not sure what that was all about either confused


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Post by gillybrent on Sat Mar 24 2018, 20:27

Although it's unlikely she's coming into season, it isn't impossible. Some bitches have two or three irregularly spaced seasons before they settle into a 'routine'.

However, it is more likely that the other pup owners in the group know nothing about doggie manners.

Nobody should just allow their dog to hump or pee on other dogs!

This is why i hate (with a passion) puppy socialisation 'classes'. They don't learn manners, just which dogs are more likely to let them get away with bad behaviour without their owners stepping in!

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Post by Nifty staffy on Sat Mar 24 2018, 21:30

Well this wasn’t puppy socializing but mostly adult dogs (obedience or agility) that had just arrived early so had a run about together.

The humping dog got called off straight away and the peeing male is a 7 month husky and is in beginners obedience (only 2nd time he attends). Leg was cocked but no actual pee.
But I don’t understand what he was trying to do - mark Nifty like a tree or lamp post ???


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Post by gillybrent on Sun Mar 25 2018, 11:10

Yes, probably. But for both those things to happen, the owners weren't in full control, and when you have so many dogs together, you (not you personally) should be on the ball & watching your dog.

Has she shown any other symptoms of a season?

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Post by Nifty staffy on Sun Mar 25 2018, 11:42

Well no bleeding, no swelling, not sleepier than the usual.
I just assumed that the others were more interested in her as it’s the first time that she met most of the dogs.

But the up side was that it was great to see her running after the others, she seemed to enjoy that bit. In that situation, she also comes straight back to me when I call her thumbs up


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Post by gillybrent on Sun Mar 25 2018, 15:43

Nifty staffy wrote:Well no bleeding, no swelling, not sleepier than the usual.
I just assumed that the others were more interested in her as it’s the first time that she met most of the dogs.


Doesn't really sound like she is, does it? Some dogs sniff after bitches whether they're in season or not!

Nifty staffy wrote: But the up side was that it was great to see her running after the others, she seemed to enjoy that bit. In that situation, she also comes straight back to me when I call her thumbs up

What a good girl! Love Struck

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