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    Smile HUmping at the dog park, Help how can I stop this??

    Hey there everyone, first post for me, So please let me know what you all think to my dilemma.


    I have an 11 month old rotty/pitt mix who is very sociable with both people and other animals. We love to socialize Chooch both through playdates with other dogs, and trips to the dog park. More recently though we have noticed that after about 20 min of playing/getting along with everyone he finds it in him to start humping other dogs (we also notice white colored females are a pretty big target)

    Hes not aggressive in his humping at ll, but just overexcited, however the other particularly older dogs dont get down with it after a while, and Chooch doesn;t know when to get the hint until the other dog becomes aggressive, thus ending our time at the park.


    I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions as to how we can make our time at the dog park last longer without this behavior shunning out of there after only 20 min or so.

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    Re: HUmping at the dog park, Help how can I stop this??

    Perhaps you could sign him up for obedience classes for socialization instead of taking him to the dog park, and only take him back to the dog park when he's learned how to behave more politely with other dogs. If you intend to continue bringing him to the dog park, I'd recommend exercising him thoroughly before going to the dog park so that he's calmer and less likely to become over excited, and if he starts to hump another dog, leash him and leave the dog park immediately. Eventually he'll learn that humping ends his play time with other dogs, but you need to be consistent.


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    Re: HUmping at the dog park, Help how can I stop this??

    I don't have any advice, but I find it funny you should mention white females being the prime target. As the owner of a white female, it seems like she's a prime target for humpers. Any dog that is so inclined to hump, will try and hump her. I usally end up leaving places like that pretty quickly, because she won't ever correct them.

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    Re: HUmping at the dog park, Help how can I stop this??

    There's a whole lot a humping that goes on in my dog park, especially among the adolescent dogs. I have yet to notice anyone address it successfully. Many dogs just seem to grow out of it. Dogs that react assertively but not overly aggressive to being humped seem to provide the best training. Dogs that respond dangerously aggressively to being humped probobly don't want to be there and mostly aren't.

    About the only thing that seems to work is following your dog around closely and providing a sharp rebuke just as the back is staring to arch. Not always practical for high energy playful dogs bounding from one side of the park to the other.

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    Re: HUmping at the dog park, Help how can I stop this??

    Going to take a stab at the whole tiring him out kind of thing before he gets a chance to go to the dog park. We went on an off leash walk yesterday through the park like we always do, and u can see even in his most playful state he doesnt wander, or disobey even with little children around (which as we all know is a BIG distraction) We did have an encounter where an unleashed dog came running up to us from I don;t even know where and Chooch just let him sniff him until he wanted to assert some sort of dominance and tried to hump the older dog. Now that incident I totally watched, got, and understood, but my question is could it have been avoided entirely seeing that the other dog came charging in and aggressively started the gruffles too? I guess time will tell as his first birthday is next month, and hopefully this behavior can stop. I want to keep him as socialized as possible with not just people but other dogs too, if anyone has any more suggestions, please let me know thanks!

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    Re: HUmping at the dog park, Help how can I stop this??

    This is definitely something you'll want to work on. Eventually, your dog will encounter a dog who has absolutely no patience as a humpee.

    I own one of those.

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    Re: HUmping at the dog park, Help how can I stop this??

    I hate to admit it, but you really can't completely stop it if he doesn't just grow out of it.

    But there things you can do to HELP, and at least cut down on it!

    I own one of those "have to hump EVERYBODY!!!!!!" dogs. I dismissed it as playing and him just working it out with other dogs. Wrong. He started getting aggressive about it. He would snarl and get all dramatic if the dog refused to be humped.
    Here is what I did to stop it.

    I do not go to dog parks. IMO they are accidents waiting to happen, and aren't very natural for dogs.

    However, I do go to my local dog beach. I use the vast amount of space to my advantage. If you cannot get him to stop, try going places where there are less dogs.

    Here is what I do when I am there, or whenever else I am in a large area with him off lead with any other dogs:

    1. Build a very very solid recall with your dog!! Start with no destractions, and gradually work up so that not even other dogs deter your dog from coming back to you. The eventual goal here is to recall him before he gets frisky, lol.

    2. Introduce your dog to another dog who has no patience for getting humped. A lovely pit bull girl taught my GSD boy to think twice about just jumpin on everybody...he is wary of the b!tches now...haha

    3. Hopefully your dog will grow out of it. Socialize him with other dogs as much as possible (not at the dog park).
    You can either a) recall when he starts to hump another dog
    or the more effective b) correct him, either with the lead or with your voice/loud noise. Enough to distract him from his mission. Get him focused on you and praise. Let him go play, and repeat as needed.

    Just a suggestion, and what I have had success with. Good Luck, I understand that it is a frustrating problem...the social embarassment doesn't help much either.

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    Re: HUmping at the dog park, Help how can I stop this??

    Quote Originally Posted by TankGrrl66 View Post
    1. Build a very very solid recall with your dog!! Start with no destractions, and gradually work up so that not even other dogs deter your dog from coming back to you. The eventual goal here is to recall him before he gets frisky, lol.

    2. Introduce your dog to another dog who has no patience for getting humped. A lovely pit bull girl taught my GSD boy to think twice about just jumpin on everybody...he is wary of the b!tches now...haha

    3. Hopefully your dog will grow out of it. Socialize him with other dogs as much as possible (not at the dog park).
    You can either a) recall when he starts to hump another dog
    or the more effective b) correct him, either with the lead or with your voice/loud noise. Enough to distract him from his mission. Get him focused on you and praise. Let him go play, and repeat as needed.

    Just a suggestion, and what I have had success with. Good Luck, I understand that it is a frustrating problem...the social embarassment doesn't help much either.
    Thank you for your awesome reply I was coming back on to kind of update chooch's status and I have to say that we have been exercising him more one on one down at the park at the end of our block. sometimes when he is tired enough we'll go over to the area near our house designated for dogs..a registered dog park, but it seems as though he has the problems at that location and not another location we have been frequenting lately. I dunno maybe its just the dogs there who knows, but recently he has been running WITH some of the dogs his size not AT them and when its time for a time out he seems to respond well and settle for a little while and goes back to playing. SO needless to say that it looks like the light socializing and his first birthday have really started to help with this social taboo.... Thanks everyone for all the helpful advice!!

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