How to Keep Male Dogs Away From Females in Heat

How to Keep Male Dogs Away From Females in Heat

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Adrienne is a certified dog trainer, behavior consultant, former veterinarian assistant, and author of "Brain Training for Dogs."

When your female dog is in heat, all the intact neighborhood male dogs will likely be the first to know. In the canine world, there is no need to join a website like or read through romantic classified ads to find love. The news simply travels through the air for several miles, reaching the male dogs' noses and turning them from calm and relaxed to hyper dogs attempting to escape.

Owners of female dogs in heat may therefore wonder how to keep male dogs away from a female in heat, while owners of male dogs may wonder how they can calm a male dog when a female is in heat.

Owners of female dogs should expect admirers to show up on the front porch, waiting anxiously for the princess to come outside. Owners who happen to live in a remote part of the country where there are no farm dogs may even see some coyotes lurking nearby. And just to get facts straight, although female dogs may appear safe and well-contained in a yard, there have been instances of dogs being able to mate even through chain link fences!

Owners of male dogs may be concerned about their dog's strong desire to escape the yard, reluctance to eat, and inability to concentrate on anything other than the scent. Owners of male dogs are often put to blame for showing up in the yard trying to gain access to a female in heat. However, the male dogs would not be there if there was no female in heat.

Ways to Keep Male Dogs Away From Female Dog in Heat

The most obvious way to keep male dogs away from a female dog in heat is by keeping the female dog away from all male dogs, but this is easier said than done. Dogs have a strong sense of smell, and male dogs are willing to travel great distances and overcome many obstacles to find their soulmate.

Supervise the Female Dog

Of course, just as the males are eager to meet your dog, your dog will be eager to meet her admirers. She may whine, pace back and forth near the door, and even howl. Keep an eagle eye on her, as she will attempt to escape. And although your dog may have a flawless response to the recall command under normal circumstances, this is a time where she may decide to disobey.

When going out to do business, always keep her leashed and carry a spray bottle or a stick to threaten male dogs away if you don't have a fenced yard.

Keep Her Separated

If you own several dogs, you must keep the males separated from the female. This can be done by crating, keeping them in separate rooms, boarding the female or having a friend temporarily keep the male dogs. If you rely on barriers, a double barrier is the best option; in other words, two doors should be shut between them.

Not only must you keep the males separate from the female, but you should also keep males separated from one another, because a female dog's heat may provoke terrible fights.

Close All Windows

While there is not much that can be done when ''love is in the air,'' owners can minimize the flow of female dog perfume by closing the windows. It is believed that male dogs can smell a female in heat from as far as a mile away, but possibly even 5 miles away.

Use Chlorophyll

There are reports that chlorophyll may help mask the smell of heat. There are generally two forms: tablet or liquid. The liquid form may be found in health food stores in 100 mg. Generally, one tablespoon in the morning and one in the evening poured on the female dog's food may do the trick. To work best, it should be given on the first day of heat. Ask your vet about this and for exact dosing instructions.

This is not a complete solution! Chlorophyll will only mask the smell a bit, so male dogs may still want to mate. Also, expect odd green stools after administering chlorophyll.

Use "Lust Buster"

This is a special product that can be applied to the male dog's nose in an attempt to temporarily mask the smell of a female dog in heat. It is often used in the show ring, so that male dogs don't get too distracted from the tempting scent of girls.

Lust Buster contains a blend of essential oils, including peppermint that can help mask other smells.

Put Her in Britches

Britches are special panties for dogs that may help prevent unwanted pregnancies when worn properly. However, always keep dogs supervised, as they are not mistake-proof, and many female dogs have gotten pregnant despite wearing these. Britches can't prevent pregnancy, but they can make things a bit more challenging so that you have time to intervene quickly.

Get Acquainted With Her Heat Cycle

A female dog generally tends to go into heat twice a year. The estrus stage of the heat cycle is the one dog owners need to be most aware of. During the estrus stage, female dogs are receptive and tend to be fertile. The estrus stage in dogs tends to start after a week to 10 days after noticing bloody discharge and roughly lasts anywhere between 4 and 14 days. Recognizing the signs of the dog's estrus stage is important so you know how long you have to separate her from other dogs. Usually, once the female dog has lost interest in male dogs, she is coming out of heat.

What About Medications?

Male dogs can be kept calm by giving some Benadryl. However, this is not a quick fix, as the male dog will still want to mate, but he may be a bit sleepy. Veterinarian Dr. Gabby suggests giving 1 mg per pound of weight.

While there are hormone drugs that that can postpone a female dog's heat cycle, these can cause her heat to only come back at an unpredictable time: sometimes just a month later, sometimes even for a year or more.

The use of hormones should not be used more than once or twice in a female dog's lifetime. They require a perscripton from the vet.

Spay and Neuter

Of course, the most obvious and highly recommended solution is to spay and neuter dogs. This way, you will no longer have to endure the howling, clean up the messes, or deal with the unwanted pregnancies in an already overcrowded and overpopulated dog world.

On top of this, spaying female dogs offer the advantage of preventing false pregnancies and potentially dangerous uterine infections.

Questions & Answers

Question: My male dog is constantly crying and shouting the whole day because my female dog is in heat. What I can do?

Answer: If both dogs are housed together it's a difficult situation. When a female dog is in heat she releases a powerful scent under the form of pheromones, that becomes particularly distracting when she's ready for breeding. If you're not planning on breeding, it may help to have your male neutered or female spayed or both. For the time being, you may need to find a friend to watch one dog or the other, or you can board one of them until your female is out of heat. I know several breeders who plan on doing this when they skip breeding their females on certain cycles..

Question: How can I calm down a male dog during heat?

Answer: Male dogs respond strongly to female dogs in heat. You can try separating them either by a gate or placing them in separate rooms, however, your dog will still want to be out since he will still smell the female. Even better, have your male dog boarded at a kennel or vet's office during the duration of the heat cycle. If that's not possible, if you have a friend who can keep him, that's another option. In worst cases scenarios, you can ask your vet for something that can calm him down.

Question: What happens if my male dog mates with his female offspring?

Answer: This would be considered line breeding. Line breeding is allowed by most registries in the U.S. Line breeding is sometimes purposely allowed by breeders as a way to intensify certain traits.

Line breeding entails breeding father to daughter, mother to son, brother to sister or more distantly related dogs such as cousin to cousin.

While the purpose is to intensify desirable qualities, line breeding may also sometimes intensify negative traits which are genetically inherited such as hip dysplasia, heart murmurs, eye defects, etc.

There are certain risks and therefore should not be carried out by the average breeders and left to the experienced ones who health test their dogs and screen for hereditary defects.

Question: How can I mask pheromones' scent?

Answer: Dog noses are pretty powerful, so many things crafted in hopes of decreasing the drive to mate in male dogs may not work. Some dog owners report some success in giving their female dogs chlorophyll, but there are mixed reviews. The ideal option is to board the male dog with a friend or at a kennel, as detecting a female in heat and being unable to access her, can be pretty stressful.

Question: My female dog is spayed. I want to keep male dogs from trying to mate with her. What can I do?

Answer: If your female is spayed, the males should not be interested in mating with her. If they seem interested, you need to evaluate whether they are just humping as part of play, bullying or if they are really trying to mate. In any case, this form of interaction should be discouraged. If they are truly trying to mate, there are chances your female may be emitting some odor that resembles a dog in heat. This can happen at times if your female has a urinary tract infection, or if her glands under the tail are infected. Sometimes, although rare, even though a female dog is spayed, the vet doing the surgery may leave some ovarian tissue behind and this may cause her to still go in heat. The best way is to keep them separated until you can find out why they are so interested in her.

© 2009 Adrienne Farricelli

rochelle on September 07, 2020:

Is it normal for male dogs to become aggressive when a female is on heat and you try and separate them?

dog owner on August 16, 2020:

what if my dog is neutered but my female dog is not but he still tries to hump her?

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on August 13, 2020:

Rose Smith, if there was a birth control pill for dogs maybe we could do that, but until then, having dogs mate just to let them "live naturally" would be irresponsible considering that the Humane Society of the United States estimates that one un-spayed female dog and her offspring can produce 11,167 puppies per year.

Rose Smith on August 12, 2020:

Hello to everyone,Im just wondering why you don't let the dogs just live naturally and mate? It's not fair that we don't let em mate.

Jess on July 14, 2020:

My small breed female dog is spayed however my large breed male dog is not neutered. She doesn’t seem to show any interest in him however he has become very aggressive and tried to mount her. I’m starting to worry that he might try to put it in her butt because really there’s nowhere else he could, but if I does I’m afraid since he’s so big he could possibly kill her by messing up something inside of her. Is this possible? I have no intention of allowing it to happen so I have her with me at all times but it’s really worrying me.

Carol Andrews on July 10, 2020:

I have a year old Staffie and a 8 yr old male jack Russell, my staffie should have been spayed in April but due to the pandemic this has been put on hold, so she has now gone into season again, my male is uncontrollable!! she has been in season for 16 days how long till she will be safe, they sleep in crates at night but should I move one into another room

Charles McGovern on June 26, 2020:

Thank you so much we have a 5 month puppy and a 4 year old dog and the 4 year old dogs keeps trying to mate which can not be done so he keeps on hurting her I did not know what to do but you helped thanks.

CARLA on January 22, 2020:

How can I stop my two males from fighting over a female

Mike skinner on December 25, 2019:

Thank you for your help, we have a one year old Springer he is attrakted to our son's bitch & it is not been spayd, so we will have to keep tham apart, as our dog gets uncontrolabll

as a selushon

Alison on November 04, 2019:

Sibling huskies hes been done but still tries to mount his sister when on heat, can this cause problems ?

Polly Autry on November 03, 2019:

My yorkie Bella is so hard to train. When I take her outside she starts barking this loud schrill barking which is so annoying that I have to bring her in.When this happens (everyday) she doesnt do her business!! Why please tell me!!

Beaglessss on October 13, 2019:

My female dog is in heat and my male dog is so desperate but the problem is my male dog isnt eating. I need serious help. He hasbt ate in 2 days and we are really worried. Please help!

Cynthia on October 05, 2019:

History tells me my neighbors dog (four doors down) is in heat. Im only letting my dog out today on a leash but he refuses to pee or poop. I sure he'll go in the house somewhere during the night. Im worried I'll have to housebreak him all over again when things are back to normal. Any advice?

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on June 06, 2019:

Thilda, how about having her spayed so she won't attract any more male visitors?

Thilda on May 11, 2019:

My Maltese bitch was spayed about 8 years ago. I now have a new yorkey male visiters who just can't stop bothering my lady. I have no rest, even all through the night. What can I do?

Maria on April 19, 2019:

What happens if my dobber man dog mated 3x ( in her 9th 11th& 12th day) from the start of bleeding) to my chosen male dibber man dog and at his 15th day an aspin was able to mate with her? Will it affect the kinds of puppies she will deliver soon? Ty

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on February 04, 2019:

You may want to have your spayed female seen by a vet. There are chances she is giving off a smell that may be perceived by your male dog as being in heat. This can be caused at times by urinary tract infections. Another possibility, is that a neighbor has an intact female dog in heat and he is redirecting over your spayed female. And at times, female dogs when they are spayed have accidentally some ovarian tissue left behind, causing heat cycles.

sherrilk on February 04, 2019:

I have two huskies. One male, one female. The female is spayed. However, the male is intact. He is driving the entire household crazy with his chasing, mounting, panting tongue lolling out. I don't understand why this is happening since she is spayed. No one is sleeping. Finally, last night I gave him 3 mg of melatonin. Absolute quiet bliss all night long. He was zonked. However, he's up and at it again this morning. How long does this last???

Kevin on November 15, 2018:

My male was able to make contact with my heated female and they where gonna have an appointment days after but now I can I can’t seem to separate them two part ?

Sandra Stroud on October 21, 2018:

Last month we took in our Oakley’s litter mate, Sadie. We got Oakley when he was 8 weeks old and now they are both 18 months. The day we got her, I called to make her an appointment to be spayed but the first available appointment our vet had is January 17th. Today she has started showing signs of being in heat which is all new to me. Not sure how I’m going to keep them separated but any advice would be helpful. Also, how long will this last?

Autumn Paige on July 05, 2018:

My dog has had males on her how do I know if she’s pregnant or not

Nithya on July 03, 2018:

A female street dog is in my area... Around 15 male dogs are following her.. Its her first heat cycle... I can't stop other dogs too... Do yu have any solution for this?? I feel lil disturbed while watching this.. Every time Every dog had mate with her.. Does she really like this???

Frank Tolentino on May 24, 2018:

I have a 7 month mixed terrier who is currently experiencing her first heat cycle. She is already a couple days in her cycle however my intact male happen to get it on with her for a quick second before I forcefully unplugged them apart. Is there a possibility she could be pregnant and how will I know.

Abel on April 23, 2018:

I put an underwear on my femal dog keeps the male dog parts from making contact.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on February 17, 2018:

Amy, consult with a vet , only a vet can answer this for you. I would guess it depends on how healthy she is. I would think a vet would rather spay her now at this age then spay on an emergency basis if the dog happens to get pyometra.

Amy on February 05, 2018:

I just inherited a dog she’s a female she’s 9 or 10 years old is it safe to fix her being this old

Melissa Shilling on November 07, 2017:

This all good advice but i don't have any of this stuff and no matter what i have tried the spray bottle and telling the dogs to go home but they come right back,,,how long does this last?

Shannon on October 17, 2017:

anyone know where I can buy LUST BUSTER in Australia

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on August 06, 2017:

Kat, management is the best way. Do you have access to a good breeding mentor? I suggest that before going into breeding business.

Katherine on July 31, 2017:

Is there any pills or medications you can give your female so she won't get pregnant, even if a male mates with her?

Kat on July 22, 2017:

We would like to breed our dog, but what's the best way to make sure there isn't any accidental pregnancies?

L Hunter on July 02, 2017:

A dog's heat usually lasts about 21 days from the first sign of blood to being done. The middle week is the "danger zone" where she will be most like to "flag" (move her tail to the side for a suitor) and "stand" (for mounting and breeding). Keep an eye on her, especially days 9-15. She will be as enamored with the whole idea as any intact male dogs in the area!

Victoria Monteiro on April 25, 2017:

Whoa my puppy is 3 months old and my girl dog is 2 years old how will I trap my baby puppy in a cage?!!!! He'll keep howling and crying

Shari03 on December 28, 2016:

My dog literally has like 3 dogs outside my door I'm actually terrified

Trujoy on October 22, 2016:

I have 2 Champion Shih Tzu's that I am not going to breed at this time and wearing panties and belly band work along with mentholatum put on the bitches panties and back of her neck and on the males nose when they have to be together. The rest of the time they are crated. It takes time to let each one out separate and all the other stuff you have to do but it is worth it if you are not wanting a litter.

Stacey Ferguson on October 17, 2016:

I have two bitchs and a dog . I was wondering if anyone could tell me if vicks works as am at my witts end woth mess and crying.

Rhonda on September 29, 2016:

I'm gonna breed my dogs in the future but they're both too young. Right now I crate them and keep them separate but when I feel bad for them and let them out to stretch I put a condom and tape on my male. He still try's but so far so good. He gets frustrated and throws himself on the floor

christy on August 24, 2016:

Can a pregnant dog be mistaken for being in heat?

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on August 01, 2016:

A vet check up is the best thing to do when in in doubt. In the meanwhile as you wait for an appointment, you can try to have a friend or relative keep your female dog for a bit so to see if she is the trigger. You can also do the opposite, have somebody watch your male and observe him. Also carefully watch your male, does he yelp in a particular circumstance, such as when lying down or getting up? Spinal injuries, back pain, abdominal pain are notorious for causing yelping. Usually, male dogs would whine rather than yelp when female dogs are in heat, but sometimes dogs act in uncharacteristic ways when females are in heat, but as said, best to see vet when in doubt.

Maw Maw Ida on July 30, 2016:

My male Boston Terrier yelps like someone is hurting him and I'm wondering if it may be because my female pit bull is in heat? He usually shakes horribly and growls when he's petted, but now we're not sure if he's hurt himself, or if it's where my female is almost out of heat. She only has a few days left. It has us worried, but we cannot find anything on him that looks like he's injured. We take very good care of our pets and they both are spoiled rotten to the core. Our male dog was eating alot, but since she's almost out of heat, he hasn't been eating as much. We're hoping that his behavior is just because she's in heat, but if he's not better in the next few days, he's going to the vet. Being on a fixed income, we haven't had the money to get them fixed, but praying we can do it soon for both their sakes. Our male dog yells like he's in pain when he's just laying around and we're honestly worried sick. Has anyone had this experience? Thanks so much for reading.

Erma on May 26, 2016:

I know this is probably the dumbest question out there pertaining to dogs in heat but because we have rescued 2 dogs, one is a black male lab and the other a small female shitzu who is now n heat and are not fixed I'm afraid that the lab will get a hold of her and kill her cause she's small and still a virgin. So my question is where or how do we use the Vicks?

rajith on February 04, 2016:

Hi, I have a 7 month rottie. She had bleed today morning. Could you help me to figure this out how should I take care of her. And how to try the vicks trick.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 30, 2015:

Try to Google your town or city followed by these words "low cost spay and neuter" Hopefully near you you have a low cost spay and neuter clinic. in my neck of the woods they will spay a large dog for only $60. Best of luck!

kelli beaty on April 30, 2015:

I'm note being mean or have always loved dogs and cats and every kid needs one when their young,ok got an empty nest just got both cat and dog buried out in backyard and everyone is happy. My first grand-baby at 6 months old he was given a Yorkie for her birthday from my sister-in-law still mentally at Woodstock is all i can figure.Left my husband got to the next state turned around and went back and got him,my husband would of caged him when in fact he should have been caged for letting his sister give us such a big responsibility and did not even ask before doing it, long story short I have 4 Yorkie's 3 males and yea 1 female I have almost killed myself running and jumping and making battle grounds to keep them off her,I cannot get her to the vet quick enough or having enough money to get her fixed, I'm on fixed income and I have no clue were I can get vet care reasonably priced. Alone and lost Indiana any ideas??????

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on November 17, 2014:

Breeding during the first heat is very wrong for a multitude of reasons. Here are a few; 1) having pups at the first heat, is like a 12-year old having babies! Young dogs don't always make good mothers. 2) she hasn't had time to develop joints and she needs those nutrients for developing, not giving life to litters, 3) consider if she is truly breeding material by doing this test: Last but not least just because they do so in Europe doesn't mean it's right. I never heard of champion breeders breeding on a dog's first heat and would like to learn more about this. Real, ethical breeders wait at least until the 2nd, 3rd heat once the dog has fully developed and hips, elbows are graded and certified and the dog is considered free of any hereditary flaws. If they breed before this is totally irresponsible and I would question their 'reputation.' For the time being, perhaps you can have her boarded at a kennel or have a friend pet sit her in another home ?

christine on November 16, 2014:

My female dane pit boxer mix is in her 1st heat at 7 months old and i am desperately trying to keep her brother from mating with her! As of yesterday she has pretty much been asking for it from him and hes trying every time i turn my head! I am in an efficiency and cant exactly keep them apart but don't want to have her spayed for future breeding either! I am 8 and a half months pregnant myself and exhausted being up all night trying to keep him off her! I cant keep an eye on them every moment of the day and night and cant lock her up bec my neighbors complain about her or him howling! What happens if i go to the grocery store n he ends up mating with her? Will it kill her? Shes my baby! What can i do? Ive been told it some breeds like dalmatian great danes -her- that breeding during their 1st heat is what alot of champion breeders do and is actually better for them physically is this true? I heard they do this in europe to!? Someone please help im going crazy and need some much needed sleep esp when im in my own pain n already don't get very much! HELP!!!

Lea lea on May 29, 2014:

I have an 8 month old shitzu and my next door neighbour has a 5 uesr old shitzu Whitch is in season and I think May be pregnant ?? All of a sudden my dog has gone crazy barking and wining wanting to go outside all the time hardly eating but now I have read this site hopefully gunna try the vics thing fingers crossed thanks for the help x

cath slater on July 17, 2013:

hi i have two dogs both 8 months old the dog ive had from 8 weeks the bitch i have juyst got 2 weeks ago i wanted to get her settled in her new home before i had her spade but she has now come in season for the second time as the last owners said she was in season at 6 month i have done my best to keep them apart and had my dog castrated 2 days ago . iknow this does not work streight away. but i took my eyes of them for ten mins yesterday (her 7th day )and the male came in with his tail hanging out could this be a sighn that he had sex with her they was no other sighns that i could see .and what's the best thing to do i don't want pups

pet owner on July 01, 2013:

I have 2 females and my oldest is in heat. The issue is, I've had to start living with my mom again due to financial issues and she has 2 male dogs. One sleeps in her room, the other in the livingroom where I've been sleeping due to the heat. My girl in heat is 7 or 8 years old and I can't risk her getting pregnant. The male isn't going after her unless both of them are awake, but what can I do to make sure she's safe while I'm asleep?

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 23, 2013:

Thankfully, the loss of appetite is mostly short lived. He is basically too over threshold to be able to concentrate on eating right now. Is this female dog living in the home with you? In the neighborhood? Keep windows closed and don't let him frequent areas where this female may have peed. Try to get him distracted, toys, kongs stuffed with high-value treats, go for a car drive and walk him, go for a hike, etc .

Debbie Martinez on April 23, 2013:

My male has been around a female who is in heat now he won't eat what do I do?

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on December 03, 2012:

Have her checked out from a vet, sometimes female dogs get infections that cause a smell that resembles a dog in heat. Also, it could be there is some other female in heat in the neighborhood (male dogs can detect females in heat several feet away) and he may be aroused.

chanel on December 01, 2012:

not my case my female puppy is spray since she was 4 months but my other annoying dog which is the father had been crying n trying to get in my room to bother my dog what can i do ? btw he haven't been spray trying to get him spray monday

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on August 31, 2012:

It seems to work only for some, this is a breeder that has used it in the past with success

"Chris Walkowicz, who breeds bearded collies in Sherrard, Illinois, and is co-author of The Atlas of Dog Breeds of the World and Successful Dog Breeding."Put a little on the fur near the girl's tail," she suggests. "If you have a male, put some on his nose."

I did not recommend it in my article because it has mixed results. ..

trish on August 31, 2012:

I just tried the vicks my (male) dog licked it right off & doesn't seem to work! He's still barking as I type!!

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on August 25, 2012:

Seems like it works for some and for others doesn't ...

CHITO on August 24, 2012:

I used the vicks thing and it worked like a charm..

Danielle on June 30, 2012:

Heeltastic A solid stick for dry cracked feet... I applied to my heels one evening and all my nosy dogs came to inspect and each dog in their own turn puffed; sneezed, took another sniff and recoiled. I was laughing about it I had never seem my dogs dislike the smell of anything. Many moons later "Lady" was in heat and even the of the stick and rubbed it into lady's tail and other areas in the hind quarters... Instantly all four dogs sniffed, snorted and retreated to four separate areas, passed out and slept the night away... "Heeltastic" it works and

Danielle on June 30, 2012:

Heeltastic! I rubbed a quarter size chunk of it into "Lady's" tail and all four dogs retreated to separate areas of the house and all slept through the night! I received a stick solid heeltastic as a sticking stuffer one Christmas... Perhaps some of you may know what it is, it was introduced as an "AS SEEN ON T.V." item for dry cracked heels/toes/elbows... At any rate one night I decided to apply some to my heels because flips flops day in and day out for the summer caused them to crack slightly and that is painful!!! All my nosey


Drock on May 08, 2012:

Must be nice to be a dog, just imagine how different the world would be if we could meet our partner from 3 miles away;)

rhonda on February 25, 2012:

please what is this vicks that everybody is talking about? im going crazy please be quiet ooh my head :( vicks vapor rub?

Dog Owner (P.S) on February 19, 2012:

What I did I got some Vicks, spread an thing to medium coat along my fingers, got a bit of Cinnamon and spread it along the back end of my female dog. Be careful to not to get it on her certain area just around it and around her tail and butt area.

Dog Owner on February 19, 2012:

I too had a big problem with covering up the scent of my female dog in heat, especially since I have two dogs one male and one female, and I recently discovered how since dogs don't like the smell of Cinnamon that if I mixed both Vicks and Cinnamon (not to much just one or two shakes) that my male dog sniffs my female and walks away; and that's cause he has been trying to get her these past few days. It works on my dog and hopefully it can help with your dog.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on February 08, 2012:

If you are at your wits end, you can try Iams Savory Sauce poured on the kibble. That's what the kennel I bring my dogs does when some dogs refuse to eat cause they miss the owners. Here is a helpful hub:

IDOODOO on February 08, 2012:

Thank you for your advice on here, I also have a problem with my Lhasa pup, she is five months old and is really picky with her food. I've tried allsorts, from Eukanuba which she soon went off, then James Wellbeloved, both wet and dried. She will eat liver and obviously chicken, but very little else, she is gaining weight and is the correct weight for her age I feel. I take the bowl away when she has eaten and don't feed her tit-bits unless they are rewards whilst I am training her.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on February 07, 2012:

Technically, a puppy can go into heat at 5 months even though it would be unusual for a large breed dog. For this reason, your best bet is to keep them separated if you are unsure if this is actually sexual or just playing. Most likely, your dog is playing or just being a bully. After neutering him, remember it takes some time for the hormones to be totally out of the way. Here is a great read that may help differentiate play from real humping behaviors:

IDOODOO on February 07, 2012:

My male dog who is due to be neutured next week has been showing sexual advances to my new puppy who is five months.

It's always during play could this be because she is getting ready to come into heat?

Mishawn McKinley from Salt Lake City, Utah on January 23, 2012:

My female husky was fixed 12 years ago,yet still goes into heat and bleeds every time the weather changes. She is 14 now and other than some weight issues the last couple of years her check ups are always good. Now I have a year old Pom that I might strangle before her heat is over. Lost my job right after I got him so fixing him has not been in the budget. Hoping the Vicks helps tonight because I have not slept in a week. Thanks for the info here. Can't wait till I can see my husky without a Pom attached to her head or behind.

nomoreunwantedpets on January 23, 2012:

No offense, but what is the purpose of breeding a mixed breed? Sounds like you are a backyard breeder. With so many unwanted pets in the shelter do you really think there is a need to produce more puppies? Have you found homes for them? A responsible breeder has a list of people before even mating. Do you have the money and knowledge to breed? Can you afford a c-section should the need arise? I just cannot find a good reason to breed when the shelter I work for is killing dogs on a daily basis, sorry there is no excuse for breeding without a purpose...please visit your shelter and think it over

Sally S. on January 23, 2012:

It was really interesting reading everyone's comments. I have a female mixed lab/German shepherd that's a beautiful white color & the sweetest, most gentle dog ever! Recently we got a male lab in a beige color because we'd like to breed them since her kind is almost impossible to find. We live out in the country, so they have lots of room to run around & they're both outdoor dogs. It must be true that dogs can smell another dog in heat because our male dog's been barking nonstop the past few nights & we saw 3 stray dogs in our yard last night, one this morning. All different. I don't know where they've come from, but I'm kinda scared. One of them tried to attack me this morning when I walked my daughter to the bus. I can hardly wait for our dog to just get pregnant & then we can bring her to the vet...

dynamiteblonde on January 14, 2012:

I'm SO thankful for this hub - I've never had puppies or dogs before and they came as a packaged deal for my mother - one male, one female - 12 weeks old. Well, the female came in heat and the male dog, usually so well behaved, became a raving maniac - I tried some pull ups on the female --- the male dog would go to any lengths to get to her and the barking all night long was driving us all crazy - I would have gotten them fixed but it was over a weekend this happened and I had been tied up with care-taking of the extreme measure - my 90 yr old mother and three great nieces - 3, 8 and 14 - who all wanted my undivided attention. So, in absolute desperation I went to the web --- I tried the vicks thing and absolute quiet - I couldn't believe it - blissful quiet ---- thank you SO MUCH - I'll get them fixed on Monday!

whyyouwantmehname on January 11, 2012:

wonder what's going around in the male dogs head when a female is in heat...

jo77lab on December 27, 2011:

What I can't understand is why people have 2 dogs one male and one female don't have them spayed or neutered and then complain about the problems they are having when the bitch is in season.

This is a dogs natural reaction and if you don't ever intend to breed then why have 2 dogs one of either sex and not have them spayed or neutered?

if one is younger than the other then why have the other before having your 1st dog spayed/neutered?

Just common sense really isn't it.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on November 09, 2011:

Sounds like he is marking which is his way as claiming her as his property so other males know. Losing weight is also typical, you can try to entice him to eat using some of the strategies in this hub:

Jackie on November 09, 2011:

So my 8 month old shih tzu is in heat and I can't get my male away fom her. He won't sleep or eat anything he has started to pee all over the place ( this dog never went in the house ). Is the peeing part normal? I have started putting a doggie dipper on my female but doesn't do any good he jus chewys it right off of her. I called pet smart to see if they can suggest something they talked to me like I was crazy. At this point I'm willing to try anything. I'm going to try the Vicks trick. I sure hope it works. It's already been about a week is it too late to start? Or it doesn't matter? Oh n how cani get my male to eat something? His lost a lot of weight.

Suze on October 23, 2011:

Hmm Vicks worked for oooh ten minutes. Am knackered after 4 nights of no sleep. Darned dogs. How long does the female secrete this hormone for?? Thank goodness it'll never happen again!!

Melonhead on October 21, 2011:

I just used the vicks on my male dog and had instant results. He looked at me confused as his brain cleared and is now resting for the first time in 3 days. A million thanks.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on September 28, 2011:

Yes, those hormones linger for a while, I hope they vets told you enough to keep them separated, she should be in another room or crated to be safe. best wishes.

Teresa on September 27, 2011:

I have a female chow that had not been spayed, I was okay with that since she is a inside dog and my other dog was a female who had been spayed. The only reason I had not had her spayed is bc my brother had taken a dog to have spayed and it died after surgery from seizure. I was scared. I had already purchased certificate for the procedure. Well, I adopted a male dog from a rescue this summer.. He had been neutered. I thought I was good because even when she goes into season he can't get it up... WRONG, WRONG, WRONG! He can and they did... In my house.... Needless to say they can and will still mate, he will just be shooting blanks. I took her to be spayed yesterday and now she is back home. The surgery did not take care of the odor so here I am with the same problem but now she has had surgery, needs to behave herself and I am running after them both to make certain that nothing happens because I do not want that crap going on in my house... yuck!!!! I am going to go get the vicks vapor rub and try... Also, doggie diapers... maybe this will help too! Wish me luck......

helen on September 21, 2011:

i`ll try the vicks my dogs a wein and is driving me mad i`ve had no sleep for two days!!!!

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on September 20, 2011:

Russel, some dogs do get bloody stools when they are stressed but for the sake of safety, it would be best to have him seen by a vet.

Hannah, Chris Walkowicz, who breeds bearded collies in Sherrard, Illinois, and is co-author of The Atlas of Dog Breeds of the World and Successful Dog Breeding was the one to suggest Vicks in an article for petsmart. If you do not feel safe using it because you are afriad they may lick it do not use it. here is the article by petsmart:

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on September 20, 2011:

Rusell, it is hard to say, some dogs do get bloody stools when stressed, but I would suggest a vet visit to be safe.

Hannah, Chris Walkowicz, who breeds bearded collies in Sherrard, Illinois, and is co-author of The Atlas of Dog Breeds of the World and Successful Dog Breeding is the one that suggested Vicks in this article by petsmart,

If you do not feel comfortable using it due to your dogs licking it, then don't use it.

hannah on September 19, 2011:

my pit is in heat and the other pit is losing his mind. Also my border collie is going crazy. The biggest problem is that they think I'm in heat. They are constantly trying to get to me and it is a bog problem. i have to walk them and they use this as this as their chance. I keep all of the dogs in separate rooms, and just endure the annoying howling and whining. I tried to contact this place that will neuter for 15. pits, but no response. Called "speak for animals".that stuff is 60. to get rid of the odor, but cannot afford that. I will buy the vicks, but another thread said not to use it because it was bad for the dog.

Clauds on September 15, 2011:

Thanks for the info, seeing people commenting the same way I feel has relaxed me somewhat. I know its instinct and am not scorning my dog, but mentally I just cant handle how he's gone from relaxed and obedient to wild and jittery. It stresses me out!

Cant wait to have my animals spayed and nuetered. I don't think vics will work, their sense of smell is waaay too strong, but, i'll give it a go... in doubt

sam from chi on August 31, 2011:

Well I have two chihuahuas ,our female is in heat but our male won't mount her only sniff and stuff and go crazy when she is not around. But we do seem hump the blankets.So I don't understand what is wrong? Any idea anybody?

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on August 31, 2011:

Did you already try the Vick's trick outlined in the article? Some owners claim it works. But since they already know she is has been heat it may not work, but it may be worth a try.

ugh on August 31, 2011:

i had my female dog fixed yesterday she was in heat and her takin care of but the two male dogs i have are still whinning and shaking and all that shit and its driving me crazy....what can i do she is fixed but is she still giving off the scent being she was in heat when she got fixed

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on August 09, 2011:

I have a hard time accepting that male dogs cannot sense a dog in heat from a mile away. If you think that dogs are capable of tracking lost people, wild animals, bombs, for more than a mile you can see there is ample of proof of how strong a dog's sense of smell is.

When it comes to being interested in females, you must also consider a dog's rank, only the higher members of a pack get to mate , so the most submissive male dogs may not dare even try to mount a female in heat. So there are many considerations to keep in mind before making conclusions.

Paula on August 06, 2011:

I find this interesting because I know a woman, who lived in a typical suburban neighborhood, whose female dog was never spayed and came into regular heat cycles and was NEVER bothered by male dogs at all. Her dog went from house to fenced backyard and never did she have a problem. Never did she have any unwanted guests camped on her front lawn. I also know of a very well-known veterinarian/breeder/dog trainer/research scientist, author, Yale faculty member, etc., of yesteryear who did research into this matter and said that it is a MYTH that male dogs can smell female dogs in heat from a mile away. I also have a friend whose female show dog came into heat and the only dog that bothered her was her very own neutered male who lived in the same house with her! The male dogs that lived on either side of her house didn't have a clue. Go figure! Her dogs also never left the house or fenced backyard - never went for walks. Maybe that's the key. Neither of my friend's dogs left their homes or yards to deposit urine throughout the neighborhood that could be tracked back home.

Nette on June 23, 2011:

Ready to try the Vicks, Until I get my little boxer/beagle fixed. (in the very very near future) she has gone into her first heat at 7 months, and my male pitt, is driving me insane. I cannot wait to get her fixed. (hopefully within two weeks she will be fixed and life will be normal again). So for those who whine that I am not responsible, I was just hoping I had a little bit longer, but I found a facility with a reasonable price to have her spayed and I can calm down the male, who is full breed and unaltered with no plans of altering.

meeee on June 21, 2011:

i had jusst ried the vicks thing but my "bitch" has been in heat for 3 days so sad tthing is shees almost done the good thing is the vicks does work like jack(my male doggie) would go up to jill's (my girl doggie) butt then hell walk right back out hes now getting some sleep after like 5 minutes of doing it hes not whining.

Elize on March 17, 2011:

Im going to try the Vicks thing. My female is spaid but has a problem with her bladder after she was spaid. The Vet gave her a hormone injection to help controle the bladder, but now she has gone into heat. My male boerboel has been barking, panting, sniffing and licking for a week now. No sleep for us and one stupid looking male dog - with his nose where it does not belong.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on March 16, 2011:

In order to work, it must be put on the female and on the male, this was passed on to me by attendants of dog shows..must have worked for some!

carol on March 14, 2011:

vicks rub does NOT work,sorry

Jenna on January 22, 2011:

The Vicks works miricals my male would whine and he would go balistic but thanks to this website they can and my family can sleep in peace...well everyone else can but i can't i can always hear her snearing at her! It's like rape but there dogs because she wants to sleep and wants HER! He had to sleep in the kennel in the garage he would bark and he would loose his voice and he would rub the top of his muzle raw against the kennel door it was horrible and our female would sleep under my desk on an old puppy blanket from when she had littlers but now all is well!

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on January 20, 2011:

My females were always spayed so cannot attest to its effectiveness, but I have heard of people using at dab of it at dog shows.

according to Petsmart:


Chris Walkowicz, who breeds bearded collies in Sherrard, Illinois, and is co-author of The Atlas of Dog Breeds of the World and Successful Dog Breeding.

"Put a little on the fur near the girl's tail," she suggests. "If you have a male, put some on his nose."

Selina> on January 18, 2011:

I have two dogs, a male and a female....great right? >:/

I was wondering if the Vicks thing actually works....well does it???

Serious Dog Lover! on January 10, 2011:

My bitch is having her first season, other dogs are a nightmare, and I have taken 'precautions' in making my property more secure, and tried masking her scent, to no avail, all I can say is....

Would someone please bottle this and sell it as perfume!!!!

It boils down to, I wanted her, I love her, I'll put up with it until I get her spayed!


Rawspoon on November 06, 2010:

Any reports on the Vicks working? My 14-month old Westie has gotten his first sniff of "love" in the air. Kills me to hear him whine like his paw has been stepped on. While I am a responsible pet owner, thank you, right now $$ in our household is a major and unexpected issue and as soon as finances become available, we will have him neutered. And speaking of responsible pet owners, in my personal opinion, I feel that owners of female dogs in heat should take responsible and safe measures to hide the scent of their dogs in heat, if they are not in the business of breeding the bitch, with commercially available products on the market, so that their neighborhood male dogs do not go crazy trying (and sometimes unsafely) to get to their dog in heat. That's what I would do if the situation was reversed.

onegoodwoman from A small southern town on October 02, 2010:

Let's be responsible pet owners. Unless you are a registered breeder.........have your pets spayed or neutered.

I did this to my dog, and as a result, he does not need to be caged. Nor does the neighborhood hear him "cry" and whine throughout the day and night.

When trying to mask the smell of your dog's heat, you have a variety of products to consider. Menthol, camphor, eucalyptus and wintergreen are popular choices. Dab a little on the coat around the base of the tail.

You can give your female dog chlorophyll tablets or liquid chlorophyll daily to help reduce the smell. It will not get rid of the smell completely, but it can help, especially if you are living with an unnuetered male or have one in a neighboring yard. You want to consult your vet to get the exact dosage before giving it to your dog.

How to Calm a Male Dog when a Female Is in Heat

1. Keep the male away from the female until she is no longer in heat. The only way to keep a male dog calm is to keep him far away from a female dog in heat, as he will not be able to control his reactions to her. Put the male dog indoors or in a kennel if a female dog in heat is going to be close by outdoors, as this can help to prevent him from smelling her scent.

2.Put the dogs in separate rooms on opposite sides of your home. If the two dogs live in the same household, place as much distance as you can between the male and the female, as the male can smell and sense the female. Shut both dogs in separate rooms as far from each other as you can manage in your home. Keep the door shut and try not to let either dog out at the same time so they are not around each other.

3.Keep the female indoors and the male outdoors if space is limited in your home. If you do not have many available rooms or are tight on space, you can keep the female dog indoors in one room and have the male dog live outside until the female’s heat is over. Make sure the outdoor area has a fence that will keep the male dog from venturing out of your yard.

4. Board the male in a kennel until the female’s heat is over. Though you can try your best to keep the dogs separate at home, you may not be able to control the male dog’s aggressive behaviour towards the female. If this is the case, its best to board the male at an offsite location like a kennel. Keep the dog in the kennel for the female’s entire heat, which can last around 3 weeks.

How To Care For A Female Dog In Heat

Vets call it estrus but we ordinary pet parents and pet lovers call it “heat”. This is a period in a pet’s life when it is more receptive and readier to mate. There are behavioral changes in your dog that you may not have anticipated. There may also be bleeding from the dog’s intimate body part. For most newbie pet parents, the estrus in a dog’s life can bring a lot of anxiety. But it doesn’t have to be all you need is to arm yourself with the right knowledge so you can care for a female dog that is in heat a lot better.

How Do I Calm a Male Dog When a Female Is in Heat?

The only way to calm a male dog when he is in close proximity to an unaltered female in heat is to separate the animals so they cannot hear, see or smell one another. Many pet owners send the female to a veterinary hospital or boarding facility for the duration of her heat cycle.

When a male dog senses a female dog in heat, he might cry, bark, scratch or attempt to reach her in some way. This makes life difficult for the animals' owners, so it is best to separate them.

Pen the dogs in separate areas of the house

This strategy sometimes works in large houses. Close the male in one room of the house, then put the female on the opposite side of the house. Another option is to keep the female inside while the male lives outside. Never leave the female outside, as she may try to escape in her attempt to find a mate.

Mask the odor

It is sometimes possible to calm male dogs by eliminating the scent the female emanates during heat. Veterinarians often recommend a menthol spray for the tip of the female's tail.

Board the female

The distance created by penning dogs on opposite sides of a house is often not sufficient to calm the male dog. If this is the case, call a local veterinarian or boarding facility to inquire about boarding the female until her heat cycle ends. Many facilities offer this specific service for owners of unaltered pets.

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