If this is not your first time on this blog, then you might already know that I’m a proud owner of two Siberian huskies. And they are a handful. If you are thinking about adopting or buying a husky, then you should read what you need to know before getting a husky.
As I said before, I have one mischievous male husky and a loving husky lady, or the properly used term a husky bitch. A female dog of reproductive age that has not been spayed is called a bitch. When the bitch is in heat, every day is a challenge. Especially when you have a male and a female dog living in the same household. During the heat cycle, the female produces a scent that attracts males. And my husky male is no different than others. If you own a bitch then you’ll see that she is irresistible to male dogs during heating. Also, she will start to be more outgoing and flirtatious because she enjoys having admirers.
You must keep the male and female separate during the heating cycle if you don’t want them to mate. Even doing so, this will not resolve the issue of scent which excites the male. The scent can lead to stress for both animals. If you have more than one male and a bitch in your household, during the heating cycle it’s advised to separate males too. They might be aggressive with each other.
Signs that your dog is in heat
The vulva will start to visibly swell. Don’t worry, this swelling is not painful. This happens a few days before any discharge or bleeding will occur.
You will notice a bloody discharge from your dog’s vulva. You can’t miss it, especially with a fluffy Siberian husky bitch. Some females don’t discharge so much, others do. It was pretty obvious with my lady because she has a white fluffy booty and I was prepared for her to have her first heating cycle.
Love is in the air, or to be more precise the pheromones and hormones in the urine are the signals sent to the males. She is letting them know that she is here and she is will be ready for mating soon. You will see that your bitch will urinate more often.
My Siberian husky bitch became more loving and she demands more attention and love. She didn’t retail at all and I still follow the same routine. Also, daily training sessions are still in order.
How to calm a husky bitch in heat season?
Give more attention to your bitch during the heat cycle
My husky bitch asks for more attention during the heat cycle. Your bitch may become clingier and more affectionate. If this is the case, then you could speak to her, cuddle her and stroke her more. By doing so, you will help her relieve most of her stress and anxiety. She experiences new things and it’s normal to be a little bit off.
Still, not every bitch acts the same. A bitch may also become grumpier and she will ask you to give her some space. Sudden changes in behavior can be expected during the heating season. Some bitches can totally change their behavior.
Play more with your bitch during the heat cycle
A bitch during the heating cycle needs more attention from her owner. Playing with her will make her happy and more relaxed during hormone changes. You can play with her thug of war, fetching and all the fun stuff you were already doing before the heating season. If she is in the mood for playing and she has extra energy to burn, then start playing. My husky lady is crazy energetic during the heat cycle, so I am playing a lot with her.
You can play more in your garden, especially if you’re afraid to go on walks with your bitch during the heat cycle. If you’re living in an area where are many loose dogs, then you might not be so comfortable during walks. Male dogs will smell her scent and they might come after her. Also, make sure that your husky bitch will not escape from your garden when she is unsupervised. Siberian huskies are escape artists and during heating, a bitch will really want to go on some romantic dates. Check your fences and make sure that your gate is closed. Expect to see some male dogs lurking around your gate also.
Training with your female dog during the heat cycle
The training sessions will keep your female’s dog mind occupied. Training is a bonding experience between you two. Challenge your dog’s mind while working on new tricks. There are so many fun tricks that she can learn even during her heat cycle.
Daily walking with a bitch during a heat cycle can be a challenge, as I said before. If it’s safe to go for a walk, then you should go. This will burn that extra energy. Dog parks are a no go. Keep your bitch in leash the whole time during walks.
Clean your female dog during heating
Cleaning your bitch will remove some odor. You can bathe her if this will not cause her too much stress or you can clean only the booty area, where the scent is more pregnant. You can also use some dry shampoo. During walks, you can put some natural lavender oil on her tail. Lavender oil is a flea and ticks repellent and it also covers some of the odor.
Stimulate your dog with toys
Stimulate your bitch with interactive toys. Toys that dispense food are a miracle during the heat cycle. Especially, if you’re bitch has a problem with appetite in this period. If she doesn’t want to eat too much of her regular food, then you can spoil her with some tasty treats. You can give her fruits or vegetable treats too. Make her work for them and place them into a toy. Keep your bitch mind busy.
Chamomile tea for your female dog during the heat cycle
Chamomile calms my dogs and it also has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. I put a few spoons of chamomile tea in their water bowls from time to time.
A bitch first-time heat cycle can be a bit overwhelming for you as owner and also for your female dog. The bitch hormone level changes and she may act differently. She will be stressed, clingier and moodier and she will also bleed all over the place if you don’t use a diaper. Be patient and give her the needed attention, because she deserves it. You are her owner and you need to care for her and help her to go through the first heating cycle.
My experience with a male husky and a bitch husky living in the same household is still an adventure. They have almost the same age, and here comes the challenge. Fortunately, my house allows me to keep them in separate rooms during the heat cycle, but they want to be together and they are not shy about that. Siberian huskies have a wide range of vocals and I’m hearing all of that.
Now I keep a daily routine with a lot of exercises and walking for both of them. I need to keep these active huskies as busy as I can if I want to have some quiet time.
I hope you enjoyed this article. Let me know how it was your experience during your bitch first heating cycle.