Uh, Oh...9 mo old going into first heat right before big trip!!!
Last Post 14 Nov 2009 02:21 PM by Hillbilly. 3 Replies.
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cacklencrowUser is Offline Pheasant Egg Pheasant Egg Send Private Message Posts:23 cacklencrow
09 Nov 2009 03:27 PM

    Well guys,

    I was afraid this was going to happen and it did.  My now 9 mo old female GSP (pickles) is showing signs of early heat.  We were headed to KS for the opener this weekend and I'm not about to leave her at home but I'm worried that this may cause some problems.  I have another GSP but she is older and spayed so I don't think she will be affected much but my cousin is bringing his 1-1/2 year old male (will be his first trip too).  I would hate for his performance to be adversly affected by an instinct that may be stronger than his instinct to hunt birds.  I guess I could always tie her up at the camp if she is causing too much trouble but I really want to hunt her.  She is bird crazy and I just can't wait to see her on wild birds.  I will more than likely spay her later but I wanted her to at lest have one heat before I decided.

    Do you think pup will do more harm than good or can you give me any tips on how to keep her condition from ruining the hunt?




    BobUser is Offline Master Hunter Master Hunter Send Private Message Posts:550 Bob
    09 Nov 2009 05:22 PM

    There is a product called "Chaperon". It is suppose to mask the smell so other dogs cannot smell her.....Bob

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    grouchyolddudeUser is Offline Happy Puppy Happy Puppy Send Private Message Posts:173 grouchyolddude
    14 Nov 2009 07:19 AM
    I'm pretty sure this isn't the answer you're hoping to hear, so I hope it doesn't offend you.
    BUT, I would be more than a little pissed,.. if any of my hunting partners "knowingly" brought a bitch in heat on a hunt with me. The male will not have ANY interest in hunting anything but THAT. And you stand a very good chance of ending the hunt with a bred bitch, regardless of how closely you watch. Unless she is kenneled or totally segregated the entire time.
    As bad as it hurts, "IMO" best left at home this trip. There will be other trips, and you won't risk ruining the hunt/trip for everyone.
    I know nothing of the above mentioned product and it's effectiveness.
    HillbillyUser is Offline Master Hunter Master Hunter Send Private Message Posts:706 Hillbilly
    14 Nov 2009 02:21 PM
    I hate to say it to but G.O.D. is right I've seen guys run females in heat in trials without telling anyone it's not good. I hunt females in heat but not with other dogs. My older stud dogs don't get to wound up in the kennel but I still don't even risk it and it only takes a second for her to get bred. Sorry just my opinion to.
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