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    Question Dog park etiquette question?

    We take Hooch every couple of weeks to an enclosed fully fenced dog park.
    He is loving it, he runs around and plays so nicely with all the dogs. We enjoy just watching him beaming.
    Today we took him to the park and there was another dog looking very much like Hooch, same build, same size. I asked the owner and they said their dog was an American Staffy. Very cute dog.
    Anyway 5 minutes into the play the dog started humping Hooch. (the dog was NOT fixed).
    He was humping Hooch non stop for 30 mins-45 mins. He wouldnt let Hooch drink water, he wouldnt let Hooch play. He was just humping him on the back, front side.. wherever. Hooch was trying to get away and was running away or trying to play with the dog but the dog was chasing Hooch singling him out of all the dogs and humping him.
    Hooch did not snap once (I was about to snap!). He was so cute and good tempered about it. But to us it was quite annoying because Hooch did not get to play and couldnt even get to drink!
    The owners of the other dog were standing there laughing and saying "oh Chevvy" but did nothing about it. At the end of the 45 mins they went home saying "we will let your dog play now".

    Is this ok? is this something that just happens at dog parks and is normal, something that we have to put up with?
    Next time I am thinking if their dog does it, we will take Hooch away and say to them I dont think it's a good idea. Wait outside the park for them to go and then come back (the park is 30 mins drive from our house so we can't just go home and come back).
    It did show us how good natured Hooch is, so laid back and happy. I love my dog.

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    I wouldnt be happy about it either, so i dont feel your complaint is unreasonable.
    It has to be a fun/happy experience for everyone (not just the horny dog...)

    Im such a softie, I find it hard to to be assertive in person. But if your comfortable, I would most certainly be speaking up. For your dog Perhaps when it happens grab your pooch, and say " no no no thats enough of that" and walk your dog away.
    But ensure that the other dogs owners are watching what you say and you dont have to say it rudely, but i wouldnt say it with a giggle either. can anyone say passive aggressive ?

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    Oh BG, I am ashamed to admit that Oskar is a humper, but he has a preference for labradors, he isn't fixed either, though this will be changing real soon!!! It is a sign of dominance and also it is just a behaviour that some dogs (like Oskar) do. It is embarrassing, had that been Oskar, he would have been put on leash and moved...I don't like the fact that he does it...The owner of the Amstaff should have removed his dog earlier.

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    Sorry, Oskars mum, I didnt mean to sound like I was blaming the dog.

    I think its the permissive owner that I would have the irk with.

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    See I had no idea how to take it because it never happened before. The owners were just laughing it off for so long, I bet everyone at the park thanked god it wasnt their dog being singled out. I didn't want to sound like an over protective mum, especially when Hooch was not snapping at the dog and was just taking it with a tail wag and a happy sprit.
    I wanted to know what to do in case next time those people are there again so I figured I'd ask the wise and experienced lol
    Thank you for answering.
    Oh and OM - it might stop after Oskar is fixed. Hooch did abit (in the one week we had him before he was fixed) but as soon as he was fixed - he never humped again. I love it.

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    Oh Shelby, it's ok, I didn't take offence lol, so you don't have to apologise....and yes I think Osky has a bit too much canine testosterone running around in that bod of his....can't wait to kirb the problem humping lol....it really is embarrassing...and BG it would be terrible for you especially because Hooch takes it..Oskar doesn't and most dogs he goes to hump don't like it either, and usually that puts him in his place...but it is an embarrassing behaviour.

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    Besides it being annoying for the owner and/or dog, it does happen and is a normal dog thing...but the upsetting bit would be that they laughed it off and did nothing. Anyone who has a dog that does it and at least makes an attempt to stop it is OK with me..if the dog did it to the wrong dog it might not end so friendly..... good for Hooch for being such a happy chap...the other thing is that one day it could be done to a dog with HD or cruciate problems and it might do (more) damage..dogs need to be trained that this is not OK. This is just quite difficult sometimes, but at least the owner needs to be seen to attempt it
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    I would ask next time that they manage there dog something along the lines of 'can you please stop your dog from doing that' or perhaps going to the other end of the park away from the other dog and maybe grab their dog off hooch every time it happens and hope the owners get the message.

    It's a hard one cause there's no rule against humping in the dog park LOL. There's not much you can do but maybe speak to them, or not go in at all till they're gone

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    Poor Hooch! Molly is always the victim of over-horny dogs! It's definitely rude for the owners of the annoying dog to not try and get them to stop, if you run into these people again then I would be saying something.. one day their dog might do it to another dog who isn't as laid-back as Hooch and things could end badly.

    At Million Paws Walk this year we were lined up waiting to have a go at lure coursing, and I looked down at Meika and she was madly humping the dog that was laying down next to us.. it didn't care, the owners hadn't noticed, I hadn't noticed and she was just going for gold! The owners and I both realised about the same time, I was so embarrassed but lucky they just laughed it off.

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    I would tolerate it for the first few minutes as normal dog behaviour, but subject my dog to it for 35 minutes? No way. I would actually take exception if they said " we will let your dog play now" and tell them what I thought of them.

    When I was younger I probably would have just removed my dog but I tend not to take that type of crap these days and will say something.

    My male dog was a humper as a teenager and I simply did not allow it. He soon learnt that it was not acceptable behaviour and it soon dissapeared as a behaviour. I just leashed him immediately, humping = no play.

    As someone said one day it might not end well if a dog takes exception.
    Last edited by Kalacreek; 07-14-2012 at 07:28 PM.

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