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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.