How to Calm a Male Dog when a Female Is in Heat
Dog in heat scent spray
A male dog is naturally attracted to a female dog in heat because the male is physiologically predisposed to react to the fragrance of the female. The presence of a male dog near a female dog in heat may be uncomfortable for both canines. If they dwell together, keeping the male aside from the female and establishing a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere for both puppies may help prevent them from becoming personal with each other. Furthermore, both dogs should be spayed or neutered to avoid undesired breeding, certain forms of cancer, and to improve their temperament as companions.
Separating the Male from the Female
1. Maintain a safe distance between the male and the female until she is no longer in heat. The only way to keep a male dog calm is to keep him away from a female dog in heat since he will be unable to control his responses to her. If a female dog in heat is going to be nearby outdoors, keep the male dog inside or in a kennel to prevent him from detecting her scent.
- Request that friends or relatives board and care for the male dog while the female is being cared for.
- Do not allow the male dog to go on walks or play with a female dog in heat.
2. Put the dogs in different rooms on opposing sides of the house. If the two dogs share a home, keep as much space as possible between the male and the female, since the male can smell and sense the female. Place both pets in different rooms as far apart as possible in your house. Keep the door closed and try not to allow each dog out at the same time so they don’t get in each other’s way. Make sure there are no toys or stuff from the female’s room in the male’s room, since they will carry the female’s aroma. When the male dog smells the thing, he may whine, groan, and scratch at the door until the female dog is finished with her heat.
3. If you have limited room in your house, keep the female inside and the male outside. If you don’t have many open rooms or are limited in space, confine the female dog in one room and the male dog outdoors until the female’s heat is finished. Make sure the outside area has a barrier to deter the male dog from leaving your yard.
- This is only an option if the weather is nice outdoors and there are no local regulations or policies in your region prohibiting you from leaving your dog outside.
- If you let the female dog outside when she is in heat, she may attempt to escape in order to locate a mate. Her aroma may also attract male dogs in the vicinity.
4. Keep the male in a kennel until the female’s heat cycle is passed. Even if you make every effort to keep the dogs apart at home, you may be unable to manage the male dog’s aggressive behavior against the female. If this is the case, it is advisable to board the male in a kennel away from the house. Keep the dog in the kennel for the duration of the female’s heat, which may last up to 3 weeks.
You may prepare the male dog for kennel boarding by allowing him to be in the kennel for limited periods of time to get acquainted to the atmosphere. You may then reserve a kennel for the male dog to remain in when the female is in heat.
Creating a Calm Home Environment
1. Spray methanol on the female dog’s tail to hide her odor. Vick’s vapor rub or another methanol spray are wonderful solutions since they may mask the smell of the female dog during heat. Apply the spray on the female multiple times each day to keep the male calm while he is in the same house or area as the female.
- While the spray is drying, occupy the female dog with a toy or a treat to keep her from licking it off.
- This might irritate your dog, so consult with your veterinarian before using it.
2. During the female’s heat, play with both dogs individually. Playing with both dogs individually will keep them interested and occupied. Put the female in a room with chew toys to keep her busy. After that, take the male dog outdoors to play. After playing with the male dog, play with the female while the male is outdoors in a fenced-in area.
To keep both dogs calm and comfortable, try to maintain a healthy mix of playing with them equally in distinct places.
3. Regularly walk the male dog. Maintain a consistent walking routine for the male dog, ensuring that he gets a long enough walk for his breed and size. Walking the male dog on a regular basis may help keep him away from the female and ensuring that his energy is expended by the time he arrives home. Avoid walking the female when she is in heat since she might be a distraction to male canines in the area. Take her outside in a fenced-in section of your yard and keep an eye on her so she doesn’t attempt to escape or chase any passing male canines.
Getting the Male Dog Neutered
1. Consult your veterinarian about having both animals repaired. If both animals are repaired, they will have a better result. Male dogs should be neutered at 6 months of age, according to most veterinarians, to reduce sex desire and testosterone levels. Neutering the dog may also lower his chances of contracting some illnesses and malignancies. Female dog spaying may also help to avoid some forms of cancer and mammary tumors. It’s ideal to have your dog spayed before her first heat, however you may still get the procedure done once she’s begun to go into heat.
Keep in mind that neutering the dog does not stop him from responding to females in heat; he will just be more muted. As a precaution, keep a neutered male dog away from female dogs in heat.
2. Do not feed the dog for at least 8 hours before the procedure. Pre-surgical instructions will be provided by the veterinary facility, and it is normally recommended that no food or drink be consumed for at least 8 hours before to operation. Because the anaesthetic might cause nausea in the dog, it is better if its stomach is empty before to the surgery. You may still provide it with water to keep it hydrated.
To ensure that your pet’s surgery and rehabilitation go as well as possible, follow all of your veterinarian’s suggestions.
3. Allow your veterinarian to do the surgery. The procedure is performed swiftly in the vet’s office and should be painless for the dog because it will be sedated. Your vet may request that you drop off the puppy in the morning and return in the afternoon to pick it up.
4. Assist the dog’s recovery following surgery. If necessary, the veterinarian may give pain medicine. It is typical for your dog to feel nauseated after surgery and have minimal appetite for the first 1-2 days. Make sure the dog sleeps and does not move or run too much for the first 1-3 days following surgery, since this might lead to complications.
- The male dog’s scrotum may seem bloated for a few days after the sutures are removed, but the swelling should subside.
- If the dog continues to lick the incision, you may need to obtain it an Elizabethan collar, which looks like a giant cone, to stop it.
- If fluid or discharge seems to be coming from the incision, or if the dog looks to be in a lot of discomfort, take it to the vet immediately once.
- After 7-10 days, you may need to take the dog back to the doctor to have the sutures removed from the wound. Some veterinarians, however, utilize dissolvable sutures.