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Q. After having puppies, my pug has not come into heat again. What do you think the problem is?
I have a female pug that is 2 years old. She has had 2 heat cycles. Her 1st in March 2008 and 2nd in September 2008. We bred her on the 2nd heat, she had puppies in November 2008. We were expecting her to come in again in March, but this hasn?t happened. We live on a farm and she loves to run with the other animals and she got kicked in the head by a cow a couple a weeks ago. We took her to the vet and he said she is fine, maybe a concussion. Also we have a female lab that is a little annoyed by the pug and has pinned her down before. Since this happened the pug wilts in the presence of the lab. Do any of the two situations above have anything to do with a skipped cycle or not. Would like to hear what you think the problem is...

A. What you are seeing are pack dynamics, and it may or may not have anything to do with hormones. Also, I would not say your dog has skipped a heat cycle. It’s totally normal after they have a litter to have a delayed heat. I wouldn’t be surprised if she came in heat in May or June.

I think you need to have more control of your dogs, to prevent injury and to prevent fights. I am guessing that as the pug gets older the lab may become pushier and pushier. This can easily escalate into a fight (which the pug will likely lose). I would absolutely NOT allow the lab to have access to the pug. It’s your job to protect her and make it clear to the lab that you won’t tolerate any aggressive or dominant behavior.

I’d start with our Groundwork program and the video that picks up where the article leaves off. Pack Structure for the Family Pet.

If you spend some time reading this section, you’ll see that your problems are very common. I’ve received 6 or 7 emails just today from dog owners with very similar problems. If you don’t teach the dogs your rules, they can’t possibly behave how you want them to.

Cindy
  
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