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Q. I want to breed my 2 year old male. The female is not yet in season. When we put them together she is not friendly. What can we do?
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I have a 2 year old Male Shepherd who I would like to breed to an older female. I believe she is 3. She will not come into heat until February. We have had both dogs checked out and all is ok. My problem came tonight. We brought the dogs together to "meet". Well at first she put her head down to the ground and my male was smelling her. Then she just started growling and barking at him. I put him back in his kennel and the owner of the female did the same. What can we do to get her used to him and the same for him so we can breed them when she comes into heat? This is the first time I have ever tried to breed a dog. Your advice is appreciated.

A. You have two choices here.

1-You can just wait until the bitch is in season and ready to breed. Many bitches can be nasty to all males before they are ready to breed, but then when they reach this point in their season (usually somewhere between 7 to 13 days after they start to bleed) they will accept a male.

2- If you want you can start to get the two used to each other by taking them for walks – on leash together. This is only to familiarize them and you should not expect them to play together. Do not allow the male to have bad manners here.
  
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