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Jane Lefler
Jane Lefler, Breeder,Behaviorist, formerVet Asst
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Experience:  Former vol Vet Assistant.Breeder 18+ years Dog trainer / behaviorist
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My dog is 5 and never been breed, i've had her since she was

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Hi my dog is 5 and never been breed, i've had her since she was 10 months I've try to breed her a couple times withe the same male but she always been so against so I didn't push it, she's the sweetest animal on the planet wouldn't try to hurt anyone but when it comes time to let the male mount, she growls and snaps at him and than sits down now this is our last try what with her almost to old to breed so I was wondering if maybe theirs something I'm doing wrong?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.
Hi Sir or Madam,
My name is ***** ***** I’ve been involved professionally with dogs in the health and behavioral fields for over 18 years. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.
The first thing is that the female should be taken to the male, not the male to the female. This puts the male on his territory and the female more submissive to the male which is more conductive to mating. This is very important as he has to be confident enough to mount her.
The other thing you can look for is for her to flag which is putting her tail to the side to allow him to mate. You can check this by scratching right in front of her tail. If she flags the tail to the side, then she is likely to be in the right stage of heat.
Some dogs don't like to be watched, so putting them in an enclosed area and watching from inside a house or building can help the situation as well. Let them be together for hours at a time. Don't expect an immediate mating.
Pitbull breeders sometimes use breeding stands which you can see here.
http://www.carolinagamedogs.com/breedingstand.htm
These stands do keep females from sitting down and from attacking the male. Even with all of this, she may not want to breed. If you seriously want to breed her, you might consider artificial insemination. Talk to your vet and call around for a good price. It really is quite reasonable.
You can even perform AI yourself. Here is an excellent site on this.
http://www.vetmed.lsu.edu/eiltslotus/theriogenology-5361/dog--white_2.htm
http://www.vivo.colostate.edu/hbooks/pathphys/reprod/semeneval/dog.html
And purchase kits from here:
http://www.equitainer.com/Canine/AIKit.htm
http://www.pinnaclepetsupply.com/ai-kits.htm
http://www.camelotfarms.com/other_products.php
Here is a video on AI.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxXlniylh5g
I hope this information is helpful to you. If you need more information or clarification, please reply and I'll get back to you as soon as possible. If you are satisfied, please take the opportunity to rate.