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    Default Compulsive humping bitch

    So we moved in with friends who have a 6yo lab. The 2 dogs seem to get on very well. The first week the lab occasionally would hump Banjo. And now Banjo seems completely obsessed with humping her. We're just constantly telling her no and pulling her off. Sometimes she'll still be 'thrusting' after we pull her off!

    I understand that it's often a dominance thing, but why is she so obsessed that it almost seems to have become compulsive? And what can I do to stop it?

    They play a lot. Wild growly and chasey games. If anything, the lab seems to have the upper hand in these games.

    Help?

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    I've only ever had 1 dog at a time and I don't have any advice on how to stop it.
    But if neither dog is being hurt or intimidated by the humping, is it really a problem?

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    Reminds me of our local minister.

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    my male lab used to do this with my friends male ridgeback..it was like he was a differant dog around the ridgeback. totally obsessed and wouldnt stop humping him
    it was more than a dominance thing it was like infatuation.. sorry i never did figure it out.. but i know exactly what ur going through

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    Yes, it does look like an infatuation. She gets a dreamy look in her eyes and it's as if she just can't help herself.

    The lab is such a sweetie, I've never seen or heard her tell any dog off. Banjo has told her off when play gets too rough. But I reckon it must be very annoying for her, which is why I want it to stop.

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    Hi ‘Beloz’ – have a look at this link and it may offer some help for you and your problem:

    Dogs Life Articles, Dog Information - Dog Breeders - Dog Training,

    If this is recent behaviour :

    Do either of the dogs have UTI ?

    If not then maybe - it is just a case of change in environment or something new for the two of them – so redirecting behavior should work. I put my dibs on this one as a really good reason for this change in behaviour!

    This behaviour needs to be stopped ASAP – because there could be a serious disagreement/fight and that is the last thing you need. Female dogs are not called bi tch es for no reason and it is not far from the truth of their behaviour. Once they disagree/fight – they generally do not forgive and forget !

    Good Luck !

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    Thanks for that article, quite interesting.

    I can't really see any other signs that she might be anxious. And am not sure if the UTI thing would apply if they're the same sex?

    The lab doesn't really seem to be bothered by it. Banjo occasionally tells her off when they're playing and the lab seems to just back off, so I'm not overly concerned about fights either. They're alone all day a few days a week, so I can't always stop it.

    I'll just distract her with a toy when she does it when I'm there and see how we go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    Thanks for that article, quite interesting.

    I can't really see any other signs that she might be anxious.( All of your family are not living at 'home' now - so why would your dog not be under some sort of stress. Has she exhibited this sort of behaviour before ?)

    And am not sure if the UTI thing would apply if they're the same sex? ( Have you thought to have them tested ? UTI has a special smell that can send both male and female dogs to behave this way! Experience says it for me !)

    The lab doesn't really seem to be bothered by it. ( Lucky you !)

    Banjo occasionally tells her off when they're playing and the lab seems to just back off, so I'm not overly concerned about fights either. They're alone all day a few days a week, so I can't always stop it. (seems to back off - again lucky you ! You are a visitor/guest - I would have thought - with all your knowledge of dog training and such - as you have always advocated here on this forum - that you would know what to do here !)

    I'll just distract her with a toy when she does it when I'm there and see how we go.
    Good Luck - 'Beloz' !

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    It's been a really positive change for Banjo. A dog that she plays with all day long, more people to suck up to and someone home way more often than when it's just us. We have a pretty strict routine, a room of her own where she sleeps and a huge backyard. And we've been her for a month now, so not so much just guests anymore. The lab has her own routine and bed to sleep on and has never displayed any possessive or territorial behaviour of any kind.

    We seem to interpret that article differently. What I mostly took away from that is that it's often harmless behaviour that only needs to be intervened with if it is causing problems. But the only issue is that it's embarrassing and seems obsessive.

    If it is caused by anxiety because of the move, it should get better with time. We'll be here for a while...

    I know you didn't mean offense and it probably seems like I ask for advice and then won't take any. But to question my apparent claim of knowing so much about dog training - which I know is not as much as quite a few here - because I don't necessarily agree with your conclusions is a bit tough.

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    'Beloz' - I am sorry that you have become a tad defensive with what I had to say about your particular dilemma ! All I know from my experience with my own pups and other people's dogs - humping is not a behaviour I would allow to happen - under any circumstance !

    Yes - your dog may be - as you believe - be in 'doggy heaven' now - but what will happen when you move again ?

    If the present behaviour - as you say is embarrassing and obsessive - then things have gone too far ! Nip this in the bud - otherwise both of these dogs will have problems in the future. (Again from experience !)

    All I can offer at this stage is Good Luck Wishes - and I really hope that someone else on this forum, whom you trust will give you the information that you require !

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