Blottie was 21 days since coming on heat on Friday and on Saturday was back in the pack. Although a bitch is off the estrus (will accept the male willingly and is capable of conceiving) part of her Estrous Cycle, for several days after her estrus she will emit hormonal smells still that attract males and some will act amorous towards her, even though she physically does not emit signals that she wishes to mate. Sometimes if a male is forceful and persistent enough he may still mate the bitch at this time, even though her time to conceive in her cycle has passed.
That is why after the time we see the bitch wanting to instigate sexual behaviour with a male has passed, they are kept away from the males until they have finished their Estrous cycle (are not emitting hormonal smell signals to males) which is around 21 days from the start to finish. Our males are pretty switched on though and have learnt that although a bitch might smell sexy, they don't necessarily want sex. They understand the bitches when they say, "No", even young Ernest, but the new man on the block Casper, although has been used probably more than my male dogs, is on a learning curve. I suspect he is not used to running with bitches unless they are presented to him to be mated, on estrus. A few good tellings off though from Blottie over the weekend and the penny soon dropped with him.
The photos below are of the hopefully expectant first time parents Ernest and Blottie cuddled up asleep together last night on one of our sofas. Just counting the days now
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me (Jane) with Puddin' and Teagol, waiting patiently to flush a patch of kale, December 2019
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