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Q. My male dog jumps on my female but cannot seem to get her bred. What can I do?
I have a breeding question. I have 2 German shepherds that I have bred one litter already. They are beautiful dogs with great Sc. lines and good hips. My question is about the male. The bitch is in season and I have been putting them together. He hops on and goes to town, but he never gets it in. This has gone on for days. I have attempted to help him but he shuts down if I get involved. Is it normal? Do some dogs just not breed some times? Or is he just bad at it? I appreciate your time and comments!

Maureen B

A. It takes a male dog 5 or 6 females to be considered a stud dog - this in fact could be 10 to 15 actual ties (breedings).

Many dogs have problems, many dogs have problems when the owners are near. I personally think sex drive in a stud dog is as important as working drive. I DO NOT like a dog that is sensitive about the handler being near or the handler trying to assist.

If fact if my stud dogs were like this I would not breed them. They would fall into the category of dogs that I call “PETS.”

There are time (many times) where I have to help the male hit the mark. This means holding the females tail out of the way, actually tilting her vulva up (by using my fingers when I stick my hand back between her legs) or physically grabbing the males penis and guiding him into the female. A small amount of KY jelly (the size of a dime on the lips of the vulva will often make the difference between a male having success and not getting the tie.

Be sure that you wash your hands really well before you do any of the above.
  
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