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I have a 2 year old schnoodle and a 15 week old schnoodle, both females. They both get along great, play together, eat together, sleep together, etc. However, within the past week my adult female has been trying to hump my puppy. From what I understand, this is a dominance thing, my older dog wants to show the puppy she is the alpha dog. Am I right? The adult is fixed and the puppy will be fixed when she is old enough.
I want to know when this will stop?
I don't mind my older dog showing her who's boss, but I don't want to see her humping the younger one forever.
I am taking the puppy to puppy training starting next week and now wonder if the adult needs to go as well. I know why she is humping, I just want to know if it will stop??????
 

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In my experience, it's not a behavior that an alpha dog displays. :) The lower members of a dog pack are the ones who hump the other, higher-ranking dogs. And it's mostly done in play. I have 2 females who hump and they do it when they're playing rowdy. It doesn't bother me as it's just a playful way of saying, "You're not the boss of me". :p

If I were you, I'd pick my battles, and this wouldn't be one of them. If it's just playing, it doesn't harm anyone and would be very hard to stop. If you want to stop it because you just find it so distasteful, then you might try noise aversion.

A can, 1/4 full of coins or marbles makes a good tool. Whenever it looks like she's going to hump, toss the can on the ground. That should redirect her and you can then praise her for NOT doing it.
 
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