How to Help a Male Dog Mate With a Female Dog

Mating dogs can be an interesting and rewarding hobby or profession. However, it is not easy, and you should consider whether or not you have the time and energy to put into the process before you take up this task. Many people think that you can just put two dogs in a backyard together and come up with a litter of healthy puppies. Although nature does most of the work, you will have to monitor the mating of the dogs during the entire process and help where necessary.

Step 1

Have your male dog checked out by your veterinarian. He should be completely healthy before any mating is done. You should also have your dog screened for serious hereditary diseases to avoid breeding sick puppies.

Step 2

Find a suitable female dog. She should be healthy and tested for serious hereditary disorders too.

Step 3

Wait for the female dog to go into heat. She will begin to leave a bloody discharge and her vulva will swell when she starts to go into heat. About 10 to 12 days after the appearance of the bloody discharge, the female dog will be ready to allow a male to mount her.

Step 4

Do not feed either dog the day of the mating. Muzzle the female dog to prevent her from biting or attacking the male dog as he tries to mount her.

Step 5

Isolate the male dog and the female dog in one area but monitor their progress. There will be lots of sniffing and interaction as the dogs get to know each other. The female dog will offer herself to the male dog by standing still and lifting her tail. If the female dog does not stand still for the male dog, you can try to help them along.

To do this, put her head in the crook of your arm, using your hands to hold her in a standing position. You may also need a friend to hold her tail out of the way.

Step 6

The male dog will mount the female dog and be "tied" to her for anywhere from five minutes to two hours. Repeat the mating process about two days later for a better chance of successful mating.