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    I will actually interfere and shoo a dog like that away myself in such situation.

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    If a dog ever humps Luke (I think its only been attempted once) I just pull the dog off the back. If a dog was attacking yours you have every right to protect it, and if that means handling the other dog then I'll do it.

    Obviously, you have to be careful to ensure the dog is not aggressive but it should be done if it is continuous (like 30mins for Hooch).

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    I would've laughed first, then would also be embarrassed and make my dog stop if it was doing that.. Thats just weird.. lol. I can see why you were annoyed though, who lets there dog do that for 45 minutes? Hello where is the dog correction?! gosh.
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    There is a rule against humping but it's called harrassing not humping.

    The owner should stop their dog from harrassing your dog - espeically if you ask. Humping is fun, self reinforcing, if nobody stops it, it just gets worse. So I don't let my dog do it, she does try it on occasionally but if she tries it on after I've stopped her, she goes on lead around that dog. And yes, she's a desexed female. I think she still finds it fun. But usually the object of her affection is my ugg boot.

    I'd say call the ranger - but in this state - they only work council business hours and there's usually only one who is kept busy with the more dangerous dogs.

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    How about walking up to the owner and just start humping thier leg ???
    I think they'd get the idea it's not appropriate.

    Sure it happens but for 30-45 mins ??
    I'd be embarressed for my dog, then just plain pissed off. Like Beloz, i'd be telling that dog to bugger off and if the owners thought that was not cool they'd be the next to be told to bugger off.


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    Thank you!! I am alot more confident now that I read your answers. I wasn't sure if I was over reacting but I really did not mind it for the first 5 minutes. After that it just prevented Hooch from having fun and made us uncomfortable and it just went on and on. I was annoyed that the owners were doing nothing and just laughing. I looked at them a few times and I did say oh poor Hooch but they did not seem to care.
    Next time I will be standing up for my doggie. So first 5 minutes are on the house but after that, I will be telling them enough is enough and Hooch is there to have fun.
    I don't think I can push away the other dog and separate them, have had a bad experience getting in between 2 dogs in the past. Don't want to do it again. I will definitely take Hooch out if those people don't control their dog. But it will be sad for Hooch.
    That park is really small but it is fully fenced and safe to unleash the dogs and it is the only time Hooch gets to run around and socialise properly.

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    It is definitely not appropriate. Humping doesn't have to be sexual (dogs that are fixed do it, female dogs do it etc) it is usually a sign of over arousal. It's bad doggy manners. I wouldn't tolerate a dog humping mine, I would say something like 'can you call your dog off please' if they did nothing I would leave. My dog hates dogs humping her, if they even attempt to mount her she will have a go at them. And so she should, it's rude behaviour.

    I wouldn't even let it go on for five minutes. You are there to protect your dog, you have every right to say something. Your dog doesn't like it and shouldn't have to tolerate it for any length of time.

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    I wouldn't actually touch the dog either, but often it's enough to walk up to them threateningly to make them move away a bit. If that wouldn't deter them after a few goes you would hope at least it would prompt the owners from interfering, if only because they won't like having their dog harassed by a human!

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    I wouldn't let it go 5 minutes either. I'd be stopping it as fast as I can.

    Would you let a dog eat roast chicken (yum) for five minutes and expect it to learn to stop sooner next time? That's what I mean by self reinforcing ie fun. If you let them get a second of it uninterrupted... Anyway the faster you stop it the better.

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    Any dog that tries to hump Jack i physically remove(was gonna say pull off but the context and all haha) as i know Jack won't tolerate it and if allowed to continue long enough will escalate into a scrap or worse. Likewise i remove Jack as soon as possible if he starts humping another dog(or tell the owners they're welcome to do so if they're closer, especially if i already know them.

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