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Old 05-19-2018, 08:26 PM
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Male dog humping other male dog ?

Hi guys, I was just wondering if anyone could help me ?

I have a German shepherd and my parents have a Yorkie x shihitzu, I live with my parents, so we obviously have both dogs living together.

My GSD has only just turned one and we were waiting for him to turn one before we got him fixed (most likely will be this summer)
The yorkie is four and has not been fixed (although I have tried to convince my parents but they’ve never gotten their dogs fixed..)

Three days ago, they were playing together nicely and somehow max (the yorkie) ended up on my GSD’s head, he started humping his head !!
He hasn’t left Astro alone for the last three days ! And keeps trying to hump his head!!!

Yes, it is quite comical at times but it’s frustrating because he just won’t stop it !
I’m scared that Astro will get frustrated at one point and bite him too hard or even bite his todger!!! XD 😕

We’ve tried separating them but max just wines at the gate and will follow him more when they’re put back together.

We’ve tried moving max when he starts humping but he just goes right back.

I do animal care and at first I thought it was to show dominance but he seems to be getting pleasure out of it honestly -_-

The only other thing I can think of is that our next door neighbors dogs are in heat ??

I don’t know what to do at this point, if anyone has any tips / ideas it would be much appreciated!!!
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No matter what the cause (could very well be a female in heat is detected in the area) you should not tolerate this behavior.

However, there need not be any rough action on your part, simply correct him and explain that this is not permitted, and you are very displeased that he would behave this way. You have to MEAN it in your voice.

I had a similar situation, almost identical, actually, with giant breeds, and I leashed the intact male to ME who was pestering the older neutered male. He wasn't able to do anything I didn't want him to do, but he wasn't punished, or banished, or anything like that. This is a trick I use with small puppies to keep them out of trouble -leash them to my waist. They have to follow me around the house and do what I do, and they can't get into trouble. I can also tell the second they are getting antsy and get them outside during potty training. The intact male in question was 3 at the time, and 180 pounds (I'm 110) so it can work no matter what the dog. It snapped him out of the behavior and we didn't have to do it but for about 2 days, then only intermittently when he'd forget for the rest of the week. Then the neuter! Yay!

This way you can spot the dog getting ready to focus in on the other dog and immediately distract him or alert him that you are not in favor of that action, and move in another direction. Two benefits: The dog can't get into trouble or do what you don't want, and the dog also learns to take all cues from you, and will learn to trust and listen to you much more reliably in the long run.

Good luck!
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At my daycare we see this constantly, and it’s nothing to worry too much about. It’s awkward and annoying but it’s totally natural, it sounds to me like it’s coming from a place of overstimulation and excitement from the little dog! I doubt it has much to do with him being unfixed (it might have prevented the behavior had he been fixed early on but I see it in both fixed and unfixed dogs) or any dogs nearby in heat. I really see it all the time, especially during play. He’s just excited. It’s also sometimes an awkward way dogs attempt to engage in play.

Try calling the little dog off or removing him from the situation. Give him a break to calm himself down. He’ll get the message eventually!
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