I was at the dog park today when an intact male mated with a non-spayed female. It happened so fast we couldn't stop it and they were stuck together. The female yelped as if in pain. The owner of the female told us she was not in heat, that she had finished being in heat two weeks ago. We go to the dog park a lot and have seen lots of dogs humping each other but this is the first time we've seen the act completed. I thought they only actually mated when the female was truly in heat. Could the female get pregnant if the owner was correct that she finished her heat two weeks ago?
Well, I didn't know these folks, but when I noticed how much attention she was getting I asked if she was spayed or not and encouraged them to have it done. They poo-pooed the idea; that's when they said she had been out of heat for two weeks. The female was a rather funny-looking mongrel but the male is a champion Husky who is put out to stud for big bucks, so who knows, they may be cute puppies but of course there are way too many unplanned litters as it is. Doubt I'll see them again due to my work schedule and it was the first time I'd seen them at the dog park, but I'll look for them just in case and suggest the emergency spay. There is a program in our town for free or low-cost spay and neuter services; I'll look it up and try to have it handy next time I go to the dog park. Thanks to all for your information and suggestions.
How long is the dog gestation period anyway?
Thanks to all who replied. PremiumP, I'm curious as to your source, since it looks like it came out of a textbook but you didn't quote a source. It's helpful to understand the process in detail as you explained it.