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There are three stages to the heat cycle. During the first part, male dogs will be coming around and the female usually won't allow males to breed. Some males will still try but others will wait The second part of the heat cycle is when she will accept a male and breed. Usually a female will lift her tail out of the way as you are seeing.. This can last from 4 to 21 days though the average is 7 days. Many expert say the 9-10th day of heat is the optimum day for breeding. It is during this period of time that you will want to allow mating. Most breeders allow the dogs to mate every other day during this period.
Then during the last stage of heat she will be less willing to breed as she is going out of heat. This stage can again last from 4 to 21 days as well but averages 7 days. She may still flag during this period. Now a proven male will know when the best time to mate with the female is. They may still hang around and as you have seen lick the female but if they have already mated with her several times during the most fertile time, he may not mount any more especially if she is starting into the last stage of heat.
Each dog is different so some evaluation by the owner is necessary. The whole heat period should be approximately 21 days but as stated can be longer or shorter depending on the dog.
Here is an excellent website with pictures to illustrate a female in different stages of heat.
I've been breeding for about 19 years now and with young males, I will see them try to mate the whole heat cycle, but my proven males tend to just hang around my females in heat and only mount them during the most fertile period. As long as you have witnessed a few ties, your female should be pregnant.
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