How long is 1 year for a dog?
If you own a dog, you've heard this rule: 1 year for Fido equals 7 years for you.
Turns out, the math isn't that simple.
Dogs mature more quickly than we do early on.
So the first year of your fuzzy friend's life is equal to about 15 human years.
Puppies under six months of age shouldn't stay in a crate for more than three or four hours at a time.
They can't control their bladders and bowels for that long.
The same goes for adult dogs being housetrained.
Physically, an older dog can hold it, but they don't know they're supposed to.
The estrus cycle has four stages.
The first stage is called proestrus.
This lasts approximately 10 days and it is during this stage that your dog will bleed from the vaginal area.
This is your dog's preparation for pregnancy phase, but she will not want to mate with a male during this time.
Heat usually lasts between 2-4 weeks.
Early in the cycle, a female dog may not be receptive to male dogs, although some are receptive through the entire cycle.
It can be shorter or longer and you'll know the cycle is over when all her vulva returns to its normal size and there's no more bleeding or discharge.