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Hello, this is my very first post. I haven't been a dog owner in a few years since I became a Mommy. Now that my daughter is 2 and a half, I decided it was time to get her a puppy. I went to the local shelter and couldn't decide on a dog, so I brought home two. I got a male and a female and they were both "fixed" before we got to bring them home. They were also given the last of their shots and de-wormed.
Upon arrival at their new home, the male dog started "making love" to everything, including the female puppy. I know that she was just spayed and should not be bothered so I separated them. I thought that neutering a dog would stop that behavior.
They are both also coughing. Not all the time but it is almost like they have a piece of food stuck in their throats and cannot get it out. The male dogs nose is also dry and warm, but he is very active and eating and drinking well.

any ideas?
 

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Wow, a toddler AND TWO new puppies. Congratulations? LOL

The puppies coughing needs to be addressed ASAP. It sounds like kennel cough, which isn't unlikely since you adopted these pups from the pound. Please get them to the vet tomorrow for a check up and medication, if at all possible.

That said, humping does not stop with neutering and it isn't exclusively a male behavior. In this case, I'll bet the male pup is humping out of excitement, stress and anxiety about his new home. Humping can also be a playful, sexual or dominant in nature. Whatever the reason for your pup's behavior, you can discourage humping by interrupting the dog and showing him what you want him TO DO instead (think: chew on a stuffed Kong, etc.).

After your pups are healthy you are going to want to enroll them BOTH into separate basic obedience classes, then spend time with each of them individually on training between classes. I suggest you check out the following websites and the Training Forum here for more information on that:

http://www.clickertraining.com
http://www.dogstardaily.com
http://www.apdt.com
 

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Congrats on the pups! I hope you'll post pictures.

I agree with the previous poster--it sounds like kennel cough. A trip to the vet and some medicine are in order. Since you just got the pups, the pound vet might take care of it, but you'll need to look into that.

Good luck!
 
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