Though we like to keep the issues at dogPACER light, this has been brought up enough to us in questions and forums that we thought we would take a quick moment to address if for those few dog owners who may not know. The solution is simple, but it requires you acting quickly when they pups are still young. The reality is, unless you are a breeder with breeding in mind, you should spay and neuter your pets as soon as you can.
Hold on, hold on. Please do not get mad. As mean as that may sound, what is meaner? taking care of that problem when they are young, or having them potentially have puppies that may not be cared for or given the proper treatment and attention they need and deserve? That is the question you need to ask yourself with asking yourself about this issue.
Outside of that, when your first bitch reaches her first bout with being in heat, it will not be a pleasant thing for you to have to deal with. At that point, you already have to deal with it, like it or not. This can mean your dog wearing diapers or potentially making a mess of the place. On top of that, do you know what will happen if there are male dogs in the neighborhood who get a whiff of her scent through an open window? These are not things dog owners and dog lovers think about until they have no choice but to deal with it. Remember, being in heat can (and usually does) last up to 21 days, so it is no one or two week stretch. It actually is almost an entire month in duration. The other thing is, keeping your dog inside for three weeks is not the nicest thing to do, but if your dog is in heat, that is just what you need to do.
Guess what? 21 days without exercise is no good. This is where we come in.