The heat is on…
QI have a 12-month-old Labrador bitch just coming into heat and she seems to have forgotten all her training and has become very clingy. Is this normal? I did go out for a bit of training tonight and she ran around like a headless chicken.
Graham says: When a bitch comes into season she is flooded with hormones and as a result you may see significant changes in her behaviour. I would advise that you do not do too much – if any – training with her during this period and (obviously!) make sure she keeps away from any male dogs.
It is not unusual to find that once she has finished her season she might well take on board your training exercises far quicker than before – some trainers use the phrase “the penny has dropped” and notice a change of maturity in the dog.