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Old 09-01-2014, 06:23 PM
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Hi new and in need of advice !

Hi everyone.
Desperate for some pointers on this problem with my jackchi, Barry.
He's actually bigger than a JRT and a real terrier in temperent and behaviour.
He's also quite nervous, not like his brother ,Ed who is tiny but chilled.
Barry needs to have a good bomb about off lead but l have to be on high alert because he seems to be smitten by large muscular male dogs. He mounts them and ignores all the warnings. This has resulted in dogs turning on him. Tonight home with a bitten ear.
I've been told this is about dominance but I really think he is aroused foremost. He mounts poor Ed each evening after food and he is visibly aroused. There is no aggression or threat. Really appreciate as don't want to have to keep him constantly on lead but it's getting to stage now where I'm tempted.
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Welcome!
You're right in that humping is generally just more about arrousal/excitement. Humping is actually a fixed action pattern (hard wired behavior animals are born just knowing and triggered by something in the environment).

Have you considered a long line? It's a nice compromise, giving your dog plenty of freedom yet you still have control. If another dog appears all you would have to do is start reeling him in.
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Old 09-03-2014, 01:43 PM
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Thanks Kmes . Yes, think it will have to be extension lead.
By the way l'm from UK and thought l was posting on UK site.
Anyway pleased I came across this forum.
We don't have dog parks .
Do they work ?
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Old 09-03-2014, 02:06 PM
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I'm glad you like the forum!
We do have a lot of members from all over, UK included.

I'm personally not a fan of dog parks...
Too many people not having a clue and dogs that aren't appropriate for a dog park...
Until just a few months ago we didn't even have a dog park in our area. I was at the opening of ours because I was asked to demo with one of my dogs. I honestly wasn't a fan of what I saw... I personally won't be visiting anytime soon. Only time I might use it is if I happen to be there hiking (the dog park is inside a larger park with camping, trails, a lake, etc.) and the dog park is deserted. It's out in the open and not very big so I could see someone coming and easily get my dog and leave.
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I think you should start training this at home, if only for poor Ed's sake. Put him on a lead* right before this happens, since you know when it will happen. Then, every time he tries to hump Ed, call him to you, pull him with the lead if necessary, and give him a great treat when he gets to you. Work on his recall all the time, making it very, very rewarding each time. Your goal is to get his recall so good, it interrupts the humping, and to interrupt the humping so many times that he gets out of the habit of doing it.

You'll then want to move all this training outside. You will likely have to start from scratch outside, because outside is so much more distracting than inside, but it will be easier the second time.

ETA: Since you are aware that a certain level of arousal triggers humping, interrupt him before he gets to that level of arousal. Call him to you, pull on the lead if necessary, keep him near you for a little petting until he calms down a bit, then let him go. Repeat as necessary.

*Do not keep a leash on a dog except when you are watching him. Unattended dogs on leashes can hang themselves.
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Old 09-05-2014, 04:15 PM
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As I imagined , condensed free range dogs , if anything like Barry, a nightmare.
Could take Ed in at it would be fine.
Will try amaryllis and let you know how it goes. Your dog looks a sweetie.
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