The RetrieverTraining.Net Forums The Retriever Academy
Total Retriever Training with Mike Lardy
Hawkeye Media Gunners Up Tritronics Outdoor Media
Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 26

Thread: Trying to train female in heat - crazy?

  1. #1
    Senior Member Jennifer Henion's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Far Northern California
    Posts
    1,273

    Default Trying to train female in heat - crazy?

    She is in standing heat now and it's her first heat at 12 months. She has been a stellar dog to train - except for today!

    We did a "multiple guns in the field" marking drill, not anything more difficult than she is used to. Did great on first two marks. On third and last mark, she swooped up the bumper and then decided to take a scenic tour of the far side of the field before returning to me at the line. It was as if she went a little crazy.

    She has always been 100% fast going to mark and returning to line. My jaw dropped when she did this. Needless to say, we packed up our gear.

    Is this a common thing with girls in heat? Seems understandable to me, but wondered about other's experiences.

    Thanks,

  2. #2
    Senior Member huntinman's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Tennessee
    Posts
    6,897

    Default

    Sometimes like you saw today... Sometime they are actually sharper... It's like a box of chocolates...
    Bill Davis

  3. #3
    Senior Member Matthew J. Ries's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    TX, USA
    Posts
    177

    Default

    My uncle told me to just take a few days off when they come into heat, but my 10 month just cycled and we kept training. Similar situation as you, some days she had me wowwed in the best ways, but then others days it was like she had never heard the command or run the drill before. In those cases, like you, i just realized it and tried to find a glimmmer of positive before ending the session quickly. Enjoy a few light days, maybe just some basics?
    Matthew Ries, Pharm.D.

    Poole's Matador's Maggie May (04/14/2012 - Present)
    Lacakota Super Magnum (02/20/2002 - 07/2010)

  4. #4
    Senior Member shawninthesticks's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    north east mo
    Posts
    1,828

    Default

    I read the title and thought it was about marriage.
    Shawn White

    HR Big Creek Retrievers Independence Day JH QAA "Indy "

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Illinois
    Posts
    170

    Default

    My first female was an absolute knuckle head when she came into heat. Like a laser beam any other time.

  6. #6
    Senior Member Duckquilizer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Mid-TN
    Posts
    922

    Default

    I had to pack my girl away for the duration...it wasn't worth the insanity. Some it doesn't seem to phase and some turn into something like a my ex-wife... COLD....
    Kendall Layne

    HR(2xHRCH) Ashland's Big Black Ruby to Go SH
    Dorie's Lady of the Lake(1K bird club)

    Never play leap frog with a unicorn.

  7. #7
    Member Brian Welch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    Mansfield, TX
    Posts
    31

    Default

    My female does crazy things about 1 or 2 weeks before cycle. Once the cycle hits she's back to "normal". I use it as a cue as to when she's about to go in heat.
    HRCH "Kennedy" MH

  8. #8
    Senior Member mitty's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Salt Lake City
    Posts
    2,219

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer Henion View Post
    She is in standing heat now and it's her first heat at 12 months. She has been a stellar dog to train - except for today!

    We did a "multiple guns in the field" marking drill, not anything more difficult than she is used to. Did great on first two marks. On third and last mark, she swooped up the bumper and then decided to take a scenic tour of the far side of the field before returning to me at the line. It was as if she went a little crazy.

    She has always been 100% fast going to mark and returning to line. My jaw dropped when she did this. Needless to say, we packed up our gear.

    Is this a common thing with girls in heat? Seems understandable to me, but wondered about other's experiences.

    Thanks,
    If she is not returning when commanded to do so, I suspect you have an obedience issue. It seems to me that right now is the perfect time to work on it.

    It may be caused by her being in season, it may be coincidence. No matter the cause, dog is supposed to come when called.

    I'm not casting stones...just saying that the goal is to have dog return when commanded, no matter what.
    Renee P

  9. #9
    Senior Member Mary Lynn Metras's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Watford, ONT
    Posts
    3,366

    Default

    That is why I have males. Easier!
    HRCH Scaupgetters Tarnation QAA
    HR Blackie 2 CGN, WCI
    Metras's Hashtag Mickey


    "Knowing how important right timing is in accomplishing right actions"
    Uncle Ray

  10. #10
    Senior Member Matthew J. Ries's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    TX, USA
    Posts
    177

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Mary Lynn Metras View Post
    That is why I have males. Easier!
    This instance (because my last female was unaffected by her cycle) had me questioning my choice in a female, but then i think back to watching all the male dogs in our group run and how they mark every bush and tree and pickup tire in their pathes...1-2 wks of crazy per year seems like a gift compared to that
    Matthew Ries, Pharm.D.

    Poole's Matador's Maggie May (04/14/2012 - Present)
    Lacakota Super Magnum (02/20/2002 - 07/2010)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •