Excessive Humping at six months

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Jackie P
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Excessive Humping at six months

Post by Jackie P » 30 Jul 2007, 20:02

I would really like some advice. Archie is 6 months old but his desire to hump other dogs is excessive. Indoors he is lovely: easy to train, eager to please and very obedient.

He cannot play with other dogs however as his desire to mount them is so strong, it over-rides everything else. We have taken him to puppy socialisation classes on a regular basis and he has spent time with other dogs but all he wants to do is hump them. Even when the other dogs turn on him, he does not stop and just continues to try and mount them. I have read that it is often a dominance problem but with Archie I feel as though it is possibly more a sexual thing as he is so submissive in most other ways.

This has become a major problem for us as we cannot walk him around other dogs and he can't play with other dogs as literally all all he does is try to mount them. We have left him playing with another labradoodle for over an hour and even after this length of time he is still driven by this urge even when the other dog is totally exhausted and laying on the ground!

I know he is reaching the teenage stage but indoors he responds really well to us and is very well behaved. But taking him for a walk is now very stressful as he jumps on the back (or front) of any dog he can.

What can we do? Our dog trainer has advised early castration. I have read much about this and whilst I know there is no guarantee and there are reasons for and against this, I wondered if anyone else has been in the same situation?

Thank you

Jackie

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Post by archiethedog » 30 Jul 2007, 20:47

My Archie who is a lab was the same>My vet advised castration at six months and he was fine afterwards

My friend has a hungarian viszla and he is the same but his vet recommended an injection which can be given three times a year and if that works then the vet said castration will work

I am sure there will be others who can give you advice

good luck

jackie
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Post by archie bailey » 30 Jul 2007, 23:01

must be the name -- my archie is also 6 mths and tries to hump other dogs all the time - his not fussy if they are male or female either !!! read somewhere that you should tell tham off when they do it so they know it is unacceptable behaviour - he started off trying to hump his bedding at about 12 weeks - have also thought about castration as think he does have a dominance streak in him but was put off by a thread on here about the adverse effects of early castration

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Post by Keffie » 31 Jul 2007, 09:48

Hi Jackie
I had this problem with Pebs he not only humped other dogs regardless of sex but me if I bent over :oops: and friends and all this at about four months old :!:
I went for castration at six months (I wanted him castrated anyway at an appropriate time as he has unknown parentage) He sailed through the operation and in the last three months he has changed a lot. We met up with a choc lab who was ready in her season to 'make babies' and although he did mount her, as soon as he saw someone playing with a ball he forgot what he was doing and ran off to play (sound familier :!: :!: ) He has calmed right down indoors now which is lovely and he is just a happy all round friendly boy :D
Well after all this drawn out email I hope some this has been of some use :D
Good luck in whatever you decide
Jo and a much calmer Pebs
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Post by Jackie P » 31 Jul 2007, 14:09

Thank you for that Jo, it is a difficult decision but we have decided to talk with our vet about early castration. On his daily walks we avoid dogs but inevitably one will appear through the bushes or come round a corner and we cannot recall him once he has seen them.

We are worried that Archie might be seriously hurt by another dog, as he completetley ignores their warning signals and tries to hump them regardless of their body language.

So it is off to the vets with him and fingers crossed!

Thanks again
Jackie

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Post by Keffie » 31 Jul 2007, 15:27

Hi Jackie
It is such a shame if you have to avoid dogs when you take him for a walk cos there is nothing nicer than seeing a load of dogs (I wont say pack :!: ) playing and having fun together it is what a lot of dogs (including Pebs) lives for :lol: I have said this before but I dont think that Doodles are very good at reading other dogs postures or they just dont care cos Pebs will just run in and jump all over another dog to play :? He has had his nose striped by a collie and fur pulled out by a Jack Russell but most of the time (fingers crossed :shock: ) he gets away with it
I am sure that the vet will steer you in the right direction but as for me I have no regrets. :lol:
Take care
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