Rottweiler dog heat cycle is a challenging period for your dog but for you as well. It’s crucial to know what to expect and how to handle your dog, providing the best care for her during her period.
The things you should do during your Rottweiler dog heat cycle
- Provide extra attention
- Keep a close eye on your dog all the time, never letting her alone outside, not even in your fenced yard
- Always walk her on the leash
- Avoid going to dog parks, dog shows, or any other group events
- Keep any male dog away from her
- Try to mask the scent of your dog
- Get GPS tracker or at least make sure ID tag and microchip information are up to date
- Provide extra enrichment ( toys and chews) to distract her
- Let her rest more, don’t insist on physical activity and exercises
- Feed your dog with more appealing food and make sure she drinks plenty of water
Provide Extra Attention for Your Rottweiler Dog In Heat
Do Rott dogs look for more attention when in heat? Your Rott girl will most probably become very clingy, seeking more of your time and attention.
This is completely normal and you should be more affectionate to her during her period.
Hormonal changes cause many physical and mental changes your Rott girl will undergo, that is why her behavior is slightly different than usual. Therefore you should provide a lot of attention and playtime to her during the heat cycle.
Never Let Your Rottweiler Dog Alone Outside During Heat Cycle
During her heat cycle (especially during the Estrus phase) your dog has only one thing on her mind – to find a male and mate.
During Estrus (the second phase of the heat cycle), your Rott girl becomes receptive to males and will try to find the way to get what she needs.
That means that she might want to go out more often than usual ( in order to find a male ).
Don’t let her outside without your supervision not even for a minute. Monitor her always if she is going out for a potty break. Not even if you have a nice yard with a good fence.
You won’t believe how males can be clever when it comes to females in heat and how to reach them. Remember that males can also be very aggressive when they smell female in heat so you need to be extra vigilant to avoid unpleasant situations
Can I Walk My Rottweiler Dog When In Heat?
This is something that confuses people a lot. Of course, you can and you should walk your Rott girl when she is in the heat but you have to take some precautions.
The most important thing is that you should never walk your dog off-leash. No matter how well she is trained and well behaved, how many obedience trainings she went through, natural instincts are pushing her to do the very natural thing, she won’t even hear your commands at that moment.
So to avoid any inconvenient situation keep your dog on leash all the time when you are outside.
Avoid Dog Parks, Dogs Shows and Other Group Events
This is very important. Even if you walk your Rott on the leash, don’t tempt her with going to the area where she may meet a lot of dogs.
It’s recommended to walk her in less sociable hours like very early in the morning or late in the evening and to use less crowded areas where chances for meeting other dogs are slim.
Keep any Male Dogs Away From Your Dog in Heat
This is something you know for sure. Don’t let her play with the male neighbor dog or ask your friend not to come with a male dog if your Rott girl is in heat.
If you have two or more dogs in your household and some of them are males, you need to separate them.
This might be rather hard to handle so you should consider asking your breeder to allow your dog to stay there during heat or some other local facility ( doggy care facility ) and even your vet.
For a certain fee, you will surely find a suitable place to accommodate your Rott girl far from potential threat for a couple of days or a week.
Try to Mask The Scent of Your Newfoundland While In Heat
This is also very important especially when you walk your dog. Female dogs in heat send a strong ‘scent message’ to any male in the vicinity so it might be challenging for you to cope with this and avoid all that males.
Note that males can detect female in heat even if they don’t see her (up to 3 miles of distance).
What you can do is to use Vicks VapoRub and apply some tiny amount on the tip of your dog’s tail. Dogs dislike menthol so the males won’t be interested In coming closer.
Use caution when using this product some ingredients like camphor and menthol are toxic to dogs so make sure your dog doesn’t lick the area where you applied the cream.
Another thing you can do to prevent males dog to track your Rott girl scent all the way to your home is to trick them.
Put her in the car and drive to the place where you want to go for a walk. On the way back you will also use the car to go home, so the males won’t be able to track the odor and annoy you and your dog at your home.
Get GPS Tracker
Your Newfie girl has a strong urge to run away and find a male to mate with. That’s why it is recommended to get her a GPS tracker so you can find her if she disappears.
If you don’t purchase a GPS tracker, at least make sure the ID tag and microchip information are up to date.
How To Distract Rottweiler Dog While In Heat?
Since your Rott girl has only one thought during her period and that is to go out and mate, you need to think out how to distract her.
Some dogs become more attached to one particular toy, playing with It all the time, hiding it. Actually, they behave like that toy is their baby. Ok, let your dog do that. But also make sure you offer some interesting toys for mental stimulation ( puzzle toys, hidden treats …). Chew toys also can help keep her mind occupied.
Allow your Rottweiler Dog to Rest While In Heat
Some dogs in heat feel a lack of energy and they tend to sleep more than usual. If this is the case, do provide some nice and calm place for your Rott girl so she can rest.
On the other hand, some Rott dogs have a lot of pent-up energy so extra physical activity would help them to feel better. You just need to observe your dog and figure out what’s best for her.
What To Do If My Rottweiler Dog Won’t Eat While in Heat?
It’s not uncommon that your Rott girl doesn’t show much interest in food during her heat, especially during the Estrus phase when she is most fertile.
Naturally, she has more important things to do and food is not high on her priority list.
If you have a dog that doesn’t want to eat during heat and eat less than usual, you should know that this phase doesn’t last long, maybe a couple of days and your Rott girl won’t be hurt if loses some weight.
On the other hand, you should put extra effort and make the food for your dog more appealing as many dogs in heat become fussy eaters.
For example, you can encourage her to eat by serving tastier cuts of meat, delicious fats like fish or coconut oil, tasty fruit like blueberry, banana, or strawberry.
If your dog is used to dry food, now you can soak the kibbles in delicious warm unsalted chicken broth to make different textures and get better flavor.
You can also mix kibble with wet food. Another idea is to add some treats to her regular food, this should motivate her to eat. If she has her favorite food, this is the right time to allow her to eat it more than usual.
How To Keep Clean My Rottweiler Dog While in Heat?
There is no reason why you shouldn’t bathe your Newfie when in heat. Some people are puzzled about this- bathing the dog while in heat.
What you can do extra is to wipe her intimate area once or twice a day during her first two phases of a heat cycle.
This will keep her even cleaner, although she will be licking herself intensively but also will reduce the odor that comes from a vaginal discharge.
Many Rott owners use either disposable or washable diapers for dogs in heat. This can prevent a mess but never consider these items as contraception for dogs ( as some owners do) as males will easily find the way even if a female wears diapers or heat pants.
You can also place disposable absorbent pads on the place where your pet sleeps. For the same purpose, you can also use washable pee pads.
In case you want to learn more about the Rottweiler heat cycle, symptoms, and frequency you can read our article