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Male dog reaction to females in heat

What are the signs that a male dog is reacting to a female dog in heat?

Is it common for a neutered dog to react?

Dodger (who is neutered) has reacted very strongly to a couple of dogs on walks, where he sees them approaching from a distance and gets 100% focused on them and tries to lunge on his leash towards them, and makes a growly noise in his throat. The only other time he gets that intense focus is when he sees ducks up ahead on the path (which I assume is some kind of duck hunting instinct) - he's normally a big goofball. At first I thought maybe he was having issues with black dogs, because the two dogs I remember him reacting this way to were black dogs, but now I'm wondering if maybe they were females in heat. Does this seem possible? (He's been around lots of dogs lately, of all different colours, and hasn't reacted this way at all). We've seen one of the dogs he reacted to before since then, and he didn't react at all.
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I haven't exactly let my dog get to the point where he reacts to females in heat, but I don't think he would be growling....

The reaction as you describe... it sounds like my previous dog's reaction to black dogs. That other dog was a big angel-bear in class, as long as there weren't in black dogs on the floor with us. He would challenge them, either growling or barking or both.

It could be in the circumstances of that day (dusk, etc), the dogs looked funny to him? Sometimes dogs do have a problem reading the body language of other dogs.
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Uhh yeah -- not a reaction you'd get to a girl in heat.
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Ok...guess I'm way off base. I don't know that he was actually growling at the dogs though. He's very "talkative" and often makes loud whinning noises when he can't greet another dog or person that he sees. I thought maybe the noise was just a more "manly" version of this, or just due to frustration/anxiety of not being able to get to that dog. It was just such a strong/weird reaction. The dog he reacted to the most strongly was walking along next to its owner on a loose leash just sniffing at the ground not even noticing Dodger and he just went bonkers. Then we saw the same dog later in the walk as we were going into the park - it was about half a block away on the other side of the street and Dodger was fixated and wouldn't go into the park (which he loves) until it had passed by and out of sight.

I just don't know what it was about this dog and the one or two other dogs he has reacted to, that sets him off. I had thought maybe he was having trouble reading thier body language (I had read that dogs can have trouble reading the body language of black dogs), but he passes right by dogs who look unfriendly or who are outright growling, lunging, or barking at him without any issues at all. He just started a new agility class with two new black dogs and he didn't react that way to them, or to a black lab my friend was dog sitting, or to any dogs at the dog park. He does get freaked out sometimes by things that are out of place (large toy horse left at the curb, large plastic bin left by the path, etc) but then he is hesitant and lets me approach the "scary" thing first so its a very different reaction.
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