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Old 12-09-2006, 11:23 AM
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My old, neutered dog is humping

My 8 year old chihuahua, Poncho has been playing with our new chihuahua, Bonte. Earlier, I caught him humping. I thought it was my imagination, but I just caught him again and he definately was humping. Does anyone know why an older dog, who has been neutered when he was young and doesn't socialize with non-neutered dogs would behave this way?

He and Bonte are playing. One thing that you should know is Poncho's temperament. He is a very serious dog and in the past, he has been caught playing with our, recently deceased dog, twice in 8 years! He is a serious, follower dog that prefers humans and being alone. Now that we have a puppy, we have caught him many times playing with him, which is unusual for him. However, most of the time, he does not want to play. He was born a grouchy old man. lol Anyway, could this something a dog does naturally, even if he isn't producing the hormones?

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Old 01-12-2007, 04:13 AM
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When a dog "humps" another dog in that fashion it has nothing to do with anything sexual - it is a way of establishing dominance. He is letting the puppy know "back off... I'm top dog here"
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Old 01-12-2007, 05:14 AM
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Hmmm, Momszoo, that sounds reasonable. Any advice for a dog owner who has a 14 mos. old neutered male who humps his dog bed (and tries people when he can) WE have only had the dog a couple of months and the first time I saw it I thought I was imagining things. He is definitely neutered - we had the vet check to make sure.
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Old 01-12-2007, 05:39 AM
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In a younger dog could it just be Energy? I don't really know.
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Old 01-12-2007, 05:48 AM
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Ellen, you might be right. He is a high energy dog (part pyranese, part Australian shepard) We walk him several times a day and play with him inside. He goes through chewy toys like water. He is a cuddly dog but runs through the house like a maniac at times. He is young but I do hope he outgrows the humping thing - it is a bit embarrassing!
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I haven't thought about the dominance thing. He seems like he enjoys the puppy. The has started do this behavior to his bed, but in about 2 months he will be old enough to neuter, so I figure that is normal. I have just never seen a dog as old as Poncho do this behavior 7 years after he was neutered. Thanks.
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Old 01-12-2007, 07:00 AM
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Our male dog will sometimes hump our female dog (both have been fixed) and I feel it is a dominance thing. The male dog saying I'm in charge, etc. it happens a lot when she is getting yelled at for trying to jump up on someone or rushing the door when someone comes in.

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Old 01-12-2007, 07:08 AM
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DeBora its the dominance thing like others have said. Zippy who is 4 years old did the same thing to Frankenstein and still does. Zippy wants to show him that he is the dog in charge.
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Levi & Issace were both neutered as pups and they still do that to each other even! LOL The vet told me it has nothing to do with a sexual thing; top dog is the main reason they do it(no pun intended) LOL. I even have spayed cats that do it to pillows! Go figure!
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Old 01-12-2007, 10:03 AM
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Yep..."humping" is definately (did I butcher the spelling? LOL) a dominance thing.

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