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Carla04's picture
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Hi everyone,
My 13 week old male dobey pup decided to air hump my friends 15 week old British bulldog bitch yesterday which really surprised me. This was the first time they had met.
Let me set the scene first as I am thinking this could be a dominate thing as well. We all went out to the woods together and both dogs were playing super. Came back to my house for lunch and drinks. Both dogs still playing well. After an hour or so my boy grips the bitches waist and from the rear thrusts away for a few seconds. He did this a few times over the space of an hour. Eachtime I separated them and told him 'No'. I have had males before but they have never expressed a sexual interest so young which makes me think it could be a alpha male stamp. Eventually we had to separate them so they could sleep as they are so young and were not resting. There were definitely no signs of aggression at all at any stage between them.
For the last 4 weeks I have been training him at obedience classes and he is doing so well. He has never done this before.
Has anyone else's male done this before?

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At 13 weeks old, he's not trying to dominate anything.  He's just a puppy who has hormones growing right along with him.  It's a natural instinct for some dogs to do, although it is socially unapproptiate.  Watch for this behavior (they usually will start to hump another dog after running, chasing each other or getting excited) and redirect him at the very moment you notice him starting to try to mount the other dog (they will do this to females or males, head or tail....they really have no idea why they are doing this when they're this young).  Get his attention immediately with a toy or just by playing a game with him yourself.  Praise him for his good behavior.  Now is the time to stop him from doing this before it becomes a habit and is harder to break. But seriously, he is just reacting to his hormones, nothing else right now.  You can break him of this, but you'll have to watch for it and stop it before he really gets into it.  Give him a short time out away from the other dog if necessary.

 

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Thank you DJ's Dad. I appreciate your advice. He hasn't done it since. It will be something I will definitely be keeping my eye on. I understand the natural urges and at this age he hasn't really got a clue why or what's happening.
Do you think he is young or is it normal development for a doberman?