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Heat and the other dog?

Penny just started her first the other day. Some noticeable changes with her, she seems off in general and has been a bit more forceful than usual with her "little brother". He hasn't been overly humpy, a little bit but not much more than normal but he has some noticeable personality changes as well. He seems to be starting more arguments, has a shorter fuse too. Have had a couple of small snarling arguments the past couple days. (They both stop and look at me when I holler at them to knock it off so not serious fights).
So question is, is it normal for a neutered male to go a bit whacky during a females heat cycle? It's not to bad but enough where I'm a bit worried about leaving the 2 alone and locked in the house the next couple of weeks. I've got to be gone for about 6 hours twice this week so I'm planning on taking the little guy with me. I can't bring Penny cause her manners aren't to the point where I can take her with yet.
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"It's not to bad but enough where I'm a bit worried about leaving the 2 alone and locked in the house the next couple of weeks. "


It is not safe to leave them alone together during her heat. They can still mate even though the outcome wouldn't be puppies and each of them can be seriously injured in the process.


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Thanks for the confirmation. I feel bad leaving Penny alone but then I also just broke up a full on dog fight over a piece of candy a kid dropped. Better to be safe with a pissy dog then come home and find out something tragic happened.
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We had an intact female golden retriever and a neutered male toy poodle for many years, and were able to manage them with no problems. The poodle always showed more interest in her when she was in season, but I don't remember any significant changes of behaviour from either of them. We never left them alone and unsupervised, though.

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I'm not terribly worried when Im home to keep an eye on things. Both of them just seem a bit more reactive towards each other. When they aren't worked up over something it's been business as usual. The 2 have been sharing the same dog bed at night the past couple of days. Penny is 10 months and Teddy is about a year old. They are both young and still not 100% on impulse control. I'm sure in a couple weeks they will go back to their normal selves. Expected Penny to be a little off, didnt anticipate Teddy to act wierd at all. The two of them usually do very well together.
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They really shouldn't be left together at all if not supervised 100%. You might wake up to find them tied if they're sleeping together at night. Separate rooms would be safer.



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They really shouldn't be left together at all if not supervised 100%. You might wake up to find them tied if they're sleeping together at night. Separate rooms would be safer.
This can also happen if you're home and supervising if you're simply distracted. One minute they're playing and running around the house in circles and the next minute you lose track of them only to discover it's been quiet too long and there's been some funny business and they're tied up in the dining room.


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Good to know. I'll be making sure to keep very close tabs on everyone this week and next. Probably some quality crate time when Im out for short periods. Brought Teddy with me today and will do so if I have to be gone for any length. Hopefully time flies. I've never done this before and kinda glad I'll only be doing it once.
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Just out of curiosity, if they did end up doing something what do I do about it? Hopefully I won't have that issue but better to know right? No puppies to worry about at least
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I don't have any personal experience, since I've never bred a litter but from what I've read, you'd basically just have to make sure they don't try to run while tied and get hurt. They literally get stuck together and if one or both panics and tries to run, they would be taking the other dog along with them. Only time can separate them. They'd also likely be facing in different directions. You can google how mating dogs works for a full explanation.



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