by Ged Whopples
My 9 month old Jess has come into season for the first time, I have never kept a bitch before, how long can I expect things to last.
She has been spotting now for 12 days, it’s been a nightmare…help
Yes, this is the second main disadvantage of keeping an intact female.. the first being an accidental mating and unexpected puppies!
Usually a dog’s season lasts between 2 and 3 weeks, but the first one can be unpredictable. It could be shorter, or longer, or she could have two very close together.
To minimize the mess you can buy doggie diapers for her to wear around the house. Some dogs won’t tolerate them at all, but many will. Or keep her confined to your kitchen, laundry room or sun room, somewhere with an easy-to-clean floor is best.
Also, make sure you keep an eye on her whenever she’s outside in your yard, male dogs will get her scent very easily and come from near and far!
Unless she is intact for a good reason, you may want to think about spaying her as it will eliminate this problem. Hope this helps, best of luck.
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