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    Default Dog Lying on Another Dog

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    Milo (10 months old kelpie) recently has been intentionally trying to squish/lay on top of my friends mini fox terrier X (8 months old) recently at least three times every time they meet. It normally occurs after some time has passed when playing together. I think when my friends dog is being all yappy, growling and biting on Milo's face and not letting go, is when he does this. But.. the mini foxie X being so small and agile, slips out every time Milo does it.

    At first I thought Milo was trying to tell the mini foxie X that he's had enough and my friends dog is being really annoying... but then I realised that Milo's a puppy himself, and not much changes in my friends puppy's behaviour after Milo tries to lay down on him.

    Any ideas what Milo's doing?

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    My guess is just mucking round.

    My big dog will sometimes lie on my little dog when he has had enough and she knows that its time to calm down, but they generally just lie all over each other when they are playign etc.

    I dont know that it necessarily has a "meaning"

    Someone else might be able to enlighten otherwise

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    It's sort of like going into a down/drop position... but aiming to lie on top of another dog lol. So not lying on the back/side... It has only started to occur for the last 3-4 times I've visited my friend. Before this though, Milo has never done this.

    My friend does pick up her dog often around dogs while her dog is growling and barking. I must say, compared to the first half of the times I've been to her house and now, her dog has gotten a little bit more... growly, bitey and getting away with things. Then get's picked up and patted by the owner. This is why I think I it was Milo's way of saying "I've had enough because you're annoying me and not stopping!"

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    Yea could well be

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    That's what I thought... but I also thought only adult dogs do that because they have more sense than a puppy... somewhat.

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    could be a dominance thing, when my dog was becoming a "teenager" he started to try and mount dogs, I growled a few times and he stopped, but instead of mounting he started trying to sit on dogs, in the same manner. He still does it occasionally, but it's alot more acceptable than mounting, plus other owners don't realise what it means

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    My newfies do this to passivly stop annoying/yappy small dogs or puppies........Most people at the kennel club find it quite amusing that especially katy does this to the very boisterous puppies when things get out of hand. Once they are calm, she moves away. But it is done quite gently by her. Our other newfies all seem to have done it at some time or other. But katy goes to Puppy classes and beginner classes as the large socialisation dog and demo dog, so she gets to deal with more rowdy yound dogs. No pups or other dogs were ever hurt and often play with her afterwards in a more toned down version.
    Katy is a great dog to learn dog behaviour from, she is very gentle, but can be very firm. Love having her along........She calms the classes down.
    Katy is not a dominating dog at all, but a passive teacher......All the dogs get on really well with her and seem to keep a relationship and recognize her even later on when they come back to classes after they have been absent for a long time.
    It is just amazing what you can learn from watching and observing.
    Each case is ofcourse different and to know as to wether it is aggressive or domineering you would have to be there and know the dog doing it
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    Buckley does this all the time, but he does it to evoke a reaction..

    for example, Abbie will be laying down on her bed. Buckley decides he wants to play and will go a sit on her head to stir her up. Sometimes he will lay his whole body on her and in my experience, it definitely seems to be a dominance thing because Abbie never does anything to stir Buckley up.

    It never really seems to be a problem, probably because they are the same size and equal strength but If i'm around i will usually tell him to get off her.

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    My dog uses her butt like a shield, including sitting or lying on top of another dog occasionally. It looks very funny to see two farm dogs running next to each other flat out both trying to grab each other's faces and both not quite being able to reach because they're running with their butts turned in - ie both using their shields to keep the other dog away.

    If another dog tries to lie on my dog, she rolls over and then uses her legs to sort of upside down swim out from underneath. Foils the would be humpers every time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    My dog uses her butt like a shield, including sitting or lying on top of another dog occasionally. It looks very funny to see two farm dogs running next to each other flat out both trying to grab each other's faces and both not quite being able to reach because they're running with their butts turned in - ie both using their shields to keep the other dog away.

    If another dog tries to lie on my dog, she rolls over and then uses her legs to sort of upside down swim out from underneath. Foils the would be humpers every time.

    LOL i was cracking up reading this coz I can soo picture it

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