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Dominant Issues??????

SarahLynn123
May 18th, 2005, 12:59 PM
I believe I read in another thread that humping is a dominant thing. WHat do I do to stop this nonsense? Wolf is humping the 2 other dogs, me, blankets, and anything else he can get his little paws around except my bf. He has never been socialized and Im pretty sure this is the first time he has interaction with other dogs. Belle and Shadow dont put up with a thing, they dont hurt him but htey put him in his place quite frequently. Will he ever get it that he is bottom dog? How can I help him realize this? He gets everything last, treats, food, let out when we come home, am I missing something???

Lizzie
May 18th, 2005, 01:11 PM
Is he neutered?

levimh
May 18th, 2005, 01:13 PM
That's what I was going to ask...is he neutered?

SarahLynn123
May 18th, 2005, 01:13 PM
Is he neutered?

Yep he is!

Copper'sMom
May 18th, 2005, 01:22 PM
How old is he? I don't think it really matters but if he's young it probably plays a factor!

All i can suggest is that when he wants to partake in this activity, distract him with a toy or some other activity to get his mind off of it!

Is he doing it ALL of the time or just occasionally? Is he getting enough exercise?? MAybe he has to relieve his frustrations!! lol

SarahLynn123
May 18th, 2005, 01:29 PM
How old is he? I don't think it really matters but if he's young it probably plays a factor!

All i can suggest is that when he wants to partake in this activity, distract him with a toy or some other activity to get his mind off of it!

Is he doing it ALL of the time or just occasionally? Is he getting enough exercise?? MAybe he has to relieve his frustrations!! lol

He is a 3 year old Pomeranian and is attempting to hump my 7 year old Cockerpaniel X and my 8 year old German Shephard X. They are not having any part of it!

It is quite often, anytime he has a chance or oppertunity really! I think he gets enough exercise, we go for a run offleash everyday and he does a pretty good job of keeping up to the girls!

I will try distracting him, Ive been telling him no lately and he'll stop about 80% of the time, I physically remove him the other 20%.
Thanks!

Prin
May 18th, 2005, 01:35 PM
I'm a bit rough with dominance-- I say fight dominance with dominance. At the dog park if a dog is humping another, frequently another till come and grabe the firts one by the neck fur on the back of the neck and pull him off. So I do it too. Just saying no tells them it's wrong to display the dominance in that way, but not that it's wrong to dominate. I feel if you go from over and discipline in a dominant way, it shows them that they are not allowed to dominate anybody in your pack.

Age is a factor, as they usually start testing dominance at 1.5-2 years and if you don't enforce then, they will be confused as to the order in the pack.

SarahLynn123
May 18th, 2005, 01:56 PM
I'm a bit rough with dominance-- I say fight dominance with dominance. At the dog park if a dog is humping another, frequently another till come and grabe the firts one by the neck fur on the back of the neck and pull him off. So I do it too. Just saying no tells them it's wrong to display the dominance in that way, but not that it's wrong to dominate. I feel if you go from over and discipline in a dominant way, it shows them that they are not allowed to dominate anybody in your pack.

Age is a factor, as they usually start testing dominance at 1.5-2 years and if you don't enforce then, they will be confused as to the order in the pack.


I could do that, should I just leave it up to the girsl to deal with him when he humps them and I deal when he humps me and other objects??/ or should I do all the teaching???
Thanks

GsdDiamond
May 18th, 2005, 02:13 PM
Diamond used to do the same type of things, but since we have no second dog, she used to hump her pillow...or stuffed toy! It was very funny to watch.. but can lead to unwanted traits.

Tell him no. You are the pack leader, so whatever you say goes. If you see him humping, you must enforce the rules. Basically you're backing up the other pack members...as a real pack leader would do. He doesn't hump your BF because he knows he's not allowed to do that to the leader. He's not seeing you as a leader....more of a subordinate of the leader...on the same level as himself. If he can hump you, he's higher in the pack than you are. Be stern, and tell him NO! when he starts to hump. Put him in a down-stay and then release him when you're ready, not when he wants to get up. Eventually he'll learn....Diamond did. She now doesn't hump anything. (thank goodness!!!)

SarahLynn123
May 18th, 2005, 03:11 PM
I will work on that! thanks. He is also trying to dominate them by putting his paw on their backs. Shadow is big enough that she just stands up and leans over him with her chest, he tries to go around to her side to try again and she just keeps circling so he cant, Belle goes straight to growling and if that doesn't work she bark and push/scare him back a bit. Neither have hurt him or even tried to but I can tell Shadow is getting frusterated with his lack of learning!

So in these cases should I step in or just leave them?
Thanks!
Sarah

GsdDiamond
May 18th, 2005, 05:02 PM
In my case, I stepped in. If you step in, all the dogs will know, with 100% certainty, that YOU are the boss. When you see him doing inappropriate behaviour, tell him No, and give him something else to do. When he's doing good, and what you want, praise him. It'll take time, but it'll work!

SarahLynn123
May 18th, 2005, 06:00 PM
In my case, I stepped in. If you step in, all the dogs will know, with 100% certainty, that YOU are the boss. When you see him doing inappropriate behaviour, tell him No, and give him something else to do. When he's doing good, and what you want, praise him. It'll take time, but it'll work!


OK I will take charge and set the little buggar straight!
Thanks!

Prin
May 19th, 2005, 01:02 AM
I could do that, should I just leave it up to the girsl to deal with him when he humps them and I deal when he humps me and other objects??/ or should I do all the teaching???
Thanks
YOU are supposed to be the alpha dog. Pulling him off all the time would be better (IMO) because it tells the doggy that you decide who does what. If you want him to be the bottom of the pack, you have to really show him that you won't tolerate any attempts he makes to move up.