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Tuesday, August 4, 2009


Male dogs and less commonly female dogs can get into a bad habit of mounting. The two most common reasons for this are dominance and misplaced sexual energy. Mounting can be used by males to demonstrate dominance over another dog. If this is the case then slowly introduce the dog on a leash to other dogs to restrict their ability to mount another dog.

If it is due to misplaced sexual energy, it is important to immediately stop the behavior and put them into a quiet area or on a leash for “time out”. Once your dog is calm and behaving, reward positively with hugs and treats.

Unfortunately, neutering has not been shown to reduce this bad behavior once instilled in the dog. However, early neutering has been shown to prevent this from becoming a bad behavior.

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