Post # 1
It’s been so lovely this weekend that I walked two miles to the dog park with our puppy (who is actually a year and half old, despite our insistence on calling him a puppy)… twice! He had so much fun yesterday that I brought him back today.
Unfortunately, he started MOUNTING this 7 month old puppy about six times, and all of the dogs who were there started freaking out (random coincidence – they were all females)! My innocent, neutered little boy! He would not leave her alone.
He’s never done this before… it’s weird to me! He was so persistent and the dog’s owner mentioned that you can get fined by the city of New York if your dog is “in heat” at the park. Whether or not that even applies to him, I took it as a hint that everyone wanted me and my normally sweet, loveable dog to leave.
He is always the most passive dog in the room, so I don’t think it was a dominance thing. Guess he’s growing up?
Post # 3
Lol. My female dog did this last week. I was mortified.
Would he just not stop doing it when you walked away from the female dogs? I’m no expert, but maybe the girl dog was in heat? Who knows. He’ll be ok. 🙂 My trainer said the best thing to do is distract them, but I don’t know of anything else that works.
Post # 4
But he’s not in heat. Neutered males don’t go into heat. Un-cut males don’t go into heat. Females go into heat. Dogs hump things. It happens. You won’t be fined. You’ll just have rude people try to make you feel bad for your dog acting like every other dog in the world. Just tell him no and don’t let him do it again. I’m sorry that happened to you.
Post # 5
@Amelia Bedelia – Haha, that would be hilarious if it was all the other’s dog’s fault. Temptress! He only did it to her – ignored all the others – so that would make sense. We’ll see if he starts doing it again. I tried distracting him with a ball, but those two dogs were like magnets with each other, lol.
Post # 6
strange! if he’s neutered, you shouldn’t get fined by the city. it also seems weird that everyone was freaking out–i go to a nyc dog run and see that often, no one ever makes a fuss about it as long as the dogs are neutered/spayed (eta: and the owners step in to break it up). it’s a way of expressing dominance and playing. our “pup” (read=almost 3 year old dog) very rarely will hump other dogs or, more commonly, humans, although he doesn’t really know how to and just sort of holds on with his front legs and air humps–it always makes us laugh, whihc is bad because really we should stop it! we’ve noticed he does it when we have multiple people over if he’s really tired and overwhelmed by the company (he’s wary of people besides dh and i and a few people he sees often).
Post # 7
@finnaroo: Yeah, I think it must have just been the dog’s owner who was rude/overly sensitive about it. Since this has never happened before, I wasn’t sure what was normal or not! The owner wouldn’t drop the subject of the fine though, so it seemed time to go. It is weird though, all the other dogs totally started barking and piling on to the two of them, and the humpee (girl dog possibly in heat) was getting snappy and mean. My pup just looked like a deer caught in the headlights!
Post # 8
Dogs hump for a variety of reasons, sexual impulse is only one of those reasons. Dogs also hump to show dominance and just as play/entertainment. (My spayed female goes to town humping her dog-bed!)
As MissHoneyBun said, males do not go into heat, that’s a female thing (similar to a human woman getting her period). Sounds like you were just around a bunch of people that don’t understand dog behavior.
Post # 9
I wouldn’t frak out about it. It was a DOG. Aslo, I’m thinking of the dog and the duck in the movie Click.
Post # 10
Lol, our female does that. She has a stuffed zebra that we call her “boyfriend”. Neither one of us will even touch it, its her “special” friend.
Post # 11
@tksjewelry: So cute/a little gross! Ha. I have to admit, this behavior just endeared the puppy to me more.
Post # 12
At her age, it’s entirely possibly the female is coming into heat but isn’t receptive yet. One of our foster dogs was unspayed when we first got her, and about a week later, started going in to heat. My neutered male dog was very um…interested. She didn’t want anything to do with him and was, as you described, quite snappy towards him. A day or two later and she had changed her tune and wanted everything to do with him, despite the fact that (obviously) nothing could come of it and he really had no idea what he was doing, (and we didn’t give him enough time doing it to figure it out).
Or, it could just have been something he was overly stimulated by the play and took things to an inappropriate level like Abbyful suggested.
Post # 13
It’s probably a dominance thing.
My dog is male and often gets humped haha. This is almost a daily occurance at our dog park that some dog is mounting another.
That owner needs to lighten up. As long as your dog is neutured it’s fine. Note to other people though – make sure your females are spayed!