Becoming a breeder – The first time
This is a description of my first experience mating a dog. WARNING: some explicit language has been used.
Sunny was different from our previous dogs. I made sure that I cuddled her and handled her. She was encouraged to come onto the sofa and lie with us. I took her to training classes and paid her much more attention. The boys were already teenagers when she arrived but all visitors to the house were made to play with her. Made to by her, of course, not me. She explained the rules as soon as people arrived: “Here’s the ball. Throw it for me. Then I bring it back. Then you throw it again. And again. And again.” I watched many people being taught this game by her over the years, including grandparents, non -dog owning people and toddlers who couldn’t yet talk and weren’t very good at throwing! When we had a French family stay with us, the children learnt to say “Where’s the ball?” before anything else!
I had a vague plan to find a mate for Sunny and someone at a show introduced me to a friend with a nice black and white boy. They felt it would be a great pairing as both dogs were super-fast and agile. I knew that I had to get Sunny’s hips x-rayed and got that done. It involves a general anaesthetic but doesn’t take long and isn’t too hard for the dog as it’s not invasive. I then started to get cold feet about the dog because he wasn’t registered and hadn’t had his hips done.
Suddenly Sunny came into season. She was three years old so I knew I had to get going. I did a frantic search online for another stud dog and fortunately, found Julia. She was extremely experienced and knowledgeable. She checked Sunny’s pedigree and agreed I could put her stud dog to her. He was another red and white, a show champion no less and best of all, only lived down the road.
The first mating was quite traumatic for me. When we arrived at Julia’s house, there was Wizard, in all his glory. He was beautiful, but seemed so big, compared with my little girl. He was really keen to ‘get on with it’ but Julia made him wait for a while, until Sunny and I were a bit more settled and not quite so anxious. Then there was plenty of sniffing and licking and mounting. I was surprised with how much we needed to be with them. There was a chance that Sunny could have really attacked Wizard, but fortunately he was pretty determined. It was also a bit of a challenge as it was Sunny’s first time, so it was quite a ‘tight fit’. Once he has penetrated and ejaculated, the dogs remained ‘tied’ for around ten minutes. This is where the male stays inside the female, but they turn around so that they are tail to tail.
Sunny screamed the whole time he was inside her, yelping as though she was in agony. This was hard for me to take – my poor girl! But as soon as it was finished she was all bouncy and jaunty, almost as though she was ready to go again! Cheeky girl. Even better, when she got home she told Buzz all about it!
My next post in this blog will be about the arrival of the first litter.
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