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When females are in heat, shortly before, during, and shortly after, are they prone to wander similiar to males?

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What?  A female in heat should never be allowed to 'wander'............period.  In fact, I dont believe that any dog should be in a position to just wander. 

Just my two cents worth of opinion.

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Of course, but I don't see anything wrong with letting my dog run around my yard. Sometime I like to play fetch with her or just her hang around when I'm outside. She has always stayed in the yard and came when I called 99% of her life; however, she took off running around the neighbor's houses for the first time for about 5 minutes before I could get her back - which is highly unnusual for her. I was wondering if her sudden behaviour was connected to her cycle.

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Probably. Are you prepared for an unexpected litter if she decides to run around the neighborhoood and a male dog happens to be waiting?  It happens quicker than you think it can.

I will say this, though...you are taking a huge risk allowing her to roam in an unfenced area.  What if another dog, or a cat, or a squirrel happens to get her attention and she decides to run across the street, just as a car or truck comes down the same street?  I live on a particularly quiet street, not much traffic at all, and still, my dogs are never out of my fenced yard unless they are on a leash.

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I plan on keeping her in the fenced in backyard during her cycle to be sure as I do not want an unexpected litter! I'm training her and like I said, 99% of the time she obeys, e.g. last week she chasd a cat from one side of the yard to the other and when she got to the end of our property (the street), she put the brakes on and refused to enter the street. I'm going to continue to train her, but keep a more watchful eye on her.

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Training boundaries is particularly important.  Good for you.  I do hope you take any and all precautions, however, not only while she is in her cycle, but always.  Accidents do happen, and all it takes is that 1% of the time when she finds something more interesting to do than stay in her own yard. 

Good luck.

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Yor advice is taken and will be heeded. Thanks for the conversation!

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Yes, some females will wander during heat cycles.  They are motivated by hormonal responses, not lifestyle choices.

If you don't want puppies, I would keep her with you or supervised on a leash at all times.  I work in a vet clinic, and have heard stories of dogs going over, under, through fences of all sizes and types and even had a story of a dog managing to climb inside a locked horse trailer to get to the female....where there is a will (or a scent) there is a way.  The scent travels much farther than you can imagine.

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I would love puppies; however, puppies from another red Dobe - Nothing else! I agree with you MommaL and as with DJ's Dad,  your advice is well-received. Thank you!

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When females are in heat, shortly before, during, and shortly after, are they prone to wander similiar to males?

Not even remotely similar to how males act...

 

Most everyone that responded to your question warned you your dog could get pregnant but none bothered to discuss WHEN you have to be most vigilant. (as in when they actually CAN get pregnant if they manage to hook up with a male) 

Personally - I have never noticed any difference in the boundary training with respect to any heat cycles. The dog is either boundary trained or it is not.  

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Most everyone that responded to your question warned you your dog could get pregnant but none bothered to discuss WHEN you have to be most vigilant. (as in when they actually CAN get pregnant if they manage to hook up with a male) 

 Would like to jump in on this if I can.

In my research I have found that a very popular view is to wait until puppies reach between 12 and 18 months before Spaying.

With that understanding, what are the cycles or stages of going through the Heat process? What should a responsible owner look for leading up to, how should the dog be supported during and after?

Where do you find the “Heat cycle for Dummies” instruction?  

when I have a bitch in heat, they do go into my fenced back yard, but I am out there watching them. Male dogs can scent a bitch in heat from a long ways away and will "wander" over to find her - I've known of male dogs that would go through windows (closed) to get to a bitch in heat. 

I do recommend keeping a bitch in heat close to home - no neighborhood walks, and on a leash if your yard is not securely fenced. 

It is difficult to know when a bitch is ready to be bred, but generally they will "flag" with their tail. Every bitch is different - so no reliable way beyond progerterone testing to know exactly when she can get pregnant. For this reason, it is best to be very careful until all signs of being in heat are gone - it is usually about 3 weeks, but can be longer for sure.

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Thanks for the input Fitzmar, I will keep that in mind.