Why Do Male Dogs Bark At Female Dogs?

By Kim •  Updated: 08/01/22 •  3 min read
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Why Do Male Dogs Bark At Female Dogs?

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When a female dog is in heat, all the dogs nearby and even a few miles away will know it! It can be very challenging for a male dog when a female is in heat. The male canines go a little crazy during this time.

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But why do male dogs bark at female dogs in heat? There are several reasons that we’ll explore in this article. Let’s get started!

Female Dogs in Heat Drive Male Dogs Crazy

It’s not uncommon for a female dog to go into heat about four times a year. Each cycle may last between 2 to 3 weeks.

During the female dog’s heat cycle, her body creates and releases pheromones and hormones that attract male dogs. The scent of her pheromones and hormones can travel several miles away. When an intact male smells these scents, he will do everything possible to find the female dog. He has one thing on his mind—mating.

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Male Dog Behavior to Female Dogs in Heat

Intact male dogs go a little crazy when a female dog is in heat. They do anything and everything to get to see her. During this time, male dogs can be very difficult to manage. They will dig under fences, jump fences, cross busy streets, and more to see the female dog.

And if the female dog is nearby, the male dog may bark at her continuously. And we do mean constant barking. He may stay in the house or in the yard and bark.

How to Solve the Problem

The first thing to consider is having your male dog fixed. And if the female dog is also yours, having them, both fixed could solve these issues. So, you may want to consider making an appointment with the vet to have your male dog neutered and your female dog spayed. However, if the female dog isn’t yours, neutering your male dog may solve the problem you’re having with him.

It may also help to increase your dog’s exercise during this time. When you exercise your male dog, he will release much of his pent-up energy and frustration. This may help him become calmer and easier to manage. However, male dogs that are tired can still be pretty determined to see a lady dog!

Summing It Up

The best way to solve the problems with your male dog is to have him neutered. He won’t have to be so frustrated, bark constantly, and more. Instead, he’ll be a much calmer dog and one that’s easier to live with, too! And you won’t have to worry that he may jump the fence to see the female dog and get her pregnant!

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Kim

Kim is a talented author, who loves animals especially dogs. She engaged in writing books and articles relating to animals a decade ago. Kim resides in Chicago with her husband and son. The family is the proud owner of a dog and a parrot (Jack and Lily). Kim wanted more than these two pets, but her husband put his foot down... She often visits elementary schools to talk to the kids about what she learned about pets and how they could learn from them.
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