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Hi Everyone!

As you may know Harley is my first male dog.  Well last night he tried humping my leg.  And I think, I am not too sure, he tried humping Ellie on Halloween.  I quickly pushed him off and told him a stern NO.  Was there something else I should of done?  Should we consider neutering him earlier than planned (10 months)?  He usually obeys me on command, listens to me to get off the bed, etc.  Does he no longer respect me if he is humping me?  Is this normal?

Help please!  We didn't have to go through this with little Ellie so I am walking in the dark here.

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Reesie did this...to us, his blanket, his bed...

I read in some places it was a show of dominance.  Then I read that he would maybe do this when he was excited.  Then I read about Romeo (rndobermans - am I spelling it right?) and his fettish with humping.  Don't know if he still does that.  But it sure was funny to read about!

Reesie doesn't hump anything much anymore - sometimes his blanket when he's going into the crate for the night and he still has some energy left over.  But rarely ever us.  He was neutered around 5 1/2 months.  That's a little early, but we had reasons.

Hope that was helpful!

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Our Dachshund female, Annie, did that. I think it may be a show of dominance, and I always responded the same way you do did. Shoved her off, sternly said "No". I didn't think it was a hormonal thing, but maybe males are different?

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Glad to know I am not alone.   I went to look at the story about Romeo and it cracked me up!  It sounds to me like he is just so excited learning something new! 

I have no idea if it is dominance or excitement or if his hormones are raging!  We are going through a bit of a transition at the moment.  Kevin has found a job and we are both now working full time.  I walk him in the morning before work and Kevin walks/plays with him in the evening after work.  But him being by himself now is probably throwing him off because I feel like he is acting up.  He barks and paws when he wants attention.  I am looking into hiring a dog walker to come in and walk him mid-day so then he will get three walks a day. 

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Ahhh, ok. Haha, wish I lived near you, that is just the kind of job I have been looking for ;) Best of luck!

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You'd be surprised how difficult it is to find a dog walker.  I've called two recommended dog-walkers and neither of them can do it.  One of them gave me a referral for a third but when I called them they said that there isn't going to be one regular person walking him.  That they would just send anyone who was available.  That doesn't sound right to me.  And since I own a doberman, I can't just have random people walking into the house.  We'll see... we are interviewing them on Monday. 

But back to the humping... pushing him off and telling him NO.  Thats all I should do?

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Harley Bear
Kaiser has been humping to for about a week.  He humps his bed and then will bunch a quilt to hump that.  He has jumped on me about 4x and gotten the stink eye and a definite NO!!!!!  He is 8 months I was going to wait until a year to neuter him.  Is that to long? I don't know he is my first dog.  He also started lifting his leg this week.  He gets a lot of exercise and he still wants to do humpty hump... uggg and look at him he has no shame!!  Biggest goofball ever.
 
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Ha!  Cute picture! 

My family had a spayed female mutt who humped.  She was an only dog, but she had a dominant personality.

Boomer has started to maybe hump us maybe 2 times since we got him in July.  I think when he's hyper from playing.  He'll stop with an "eh, eh no."  He's tried it a few times with other dogs but will stop if I say no and distract him with something.

Well Romeo will be 2 Nov 20th and he is still at it LOL. He is still intact do to showing. He doesn't hump anything else but he gets literally so excited when he is being worked and doesn't want to stop that is when he does it. So far it has been just me but then I'm the only one that does formal training with him. On advice from my trainer who suggested finding other ways to end our training so he doesn't go through this that is what I try and do. She told me not to come down on him to hard because of the nature of why he is doing it and not wanting to ruin the drive in the obedience. My biggest fear is to get in some competition and have it happen that would be the worst. He is getting better thankfully. I find that if I do short little sessions and have to stop abruptly or to soon then he usually pulls it. If I bring his drive back down slower and focus his attention on something else we are safe.

It's not that I allow him to do it either. if I cant end our training in a manner that prevents it then I get quite forceful with him either by grabbing the scruff of his neck or his collar using a loud voice I tell him no and give him a good shake if that makes sense. I've seen very forceful punishments for this behavior and I do think in some cases that is called for. There was another incident this last summer where I had to put Romeo to the ground when he tried it on a 4year old that was running through the house. I wanted him to know that in no way shape or form would that ever happen again. We will see how well he remembers that seeing I will have my grandson here visiting in Dec that is 3.5

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Aw Kaiser have you no shame lol !! :)   Cleo likes to sit like that too, she usually jumps up beside me but faces away from me then falls over in my direction till she is touching me, well last night she must have been further from the back of the sofa and when she rolled, she almost did a somersault, all four paws were in the air at the same time, it was so funny !

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Scotty, I can almost picture it! LOL! 

Kaiser, I think you and I are in the same boat! Lifting his leg started about two weeks ago and humping started just this week.  *Sigh*  I guess we'll both play it by ear with the neutering. Great pic BTW. 

I am also a little worried, there is an unspayed female boxer in our apartment complex.  Who knows when she is going to get into heat.  I am worried she will be in heat and Harley will pull me over when I take him out to the bathroom (potty spot and their home is very close) trying to get to her.  Although they are never left alone unsupervised, I am also worried he will hurt Ellie trying to mount her.  I am just going to have to keep the eagle on him.  Teenage boys!

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No kidding they are like teenagers can't leave them alone, no contributions to the genepool please!!!  Fortunately, I don't believe I have a close unspay female around.  Kaiser is definitely full of it lately.  We are doing the puppy walk for cancer tomorrow.  I have no idea how he will be stayed tuned.  He does go to obedience class but walking with a ton of other dogs.  Should be interesting.

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Gideon hasn't started doing that yet, but Stormy, our chihuahua used to hump his toys constantly. His favorite was a stuffed school bus which was as big as he. It is still his favorite toy, but that "spark" has long passed.