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Dog constantly nipping and humping DD

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Ohheavens Sun 21-Dec-14 21:22:30

Our 8 month old golden retriever has started doing lots of biting ankles and humping movements with DC, quite recently.
Would anyone know best way to handle this/stop it?

I have been saying a stern no and putting him outside for 5 or so mins, but as soon as he comes back in it starts again,

Thank you in advance

lemisscared Sun 21-Dec-14 21:23:57

get him castrated

LoathsomeDrab Sun 21-Dec-14 22:20:36

Castrating will only help if the behaviour is sexual in nature, which it may not be.

A lot of the time young dogs will hump when they get excited. All my three young dogs hump when they get giddy and only one of them (the youngest) isn't castrated.

Does he hump anything else, like inanimate objects? My youngest is just over a year old and he's humping less and less now. One of the things that really helped was removing the blankets from the dog beds which he was fond of balling up and humping after his tea. The fewer opportunities he had to practise humping, the less he did it overall.

I'd try stepping in and either calming him down (if he's excited when he does it) or distracting him before he gets going.

ProcrastinaRemNunc Mon 22-Dec-14 02:38:47

My youngest first did this at around 3 or 4 months. Are you sure yours has never done it before? I found with mine, nipping it in the bud has prevented it from escalating. Distraction immediately as she was about to, so that she never got into the habit, worked with her. As LoathsomeDrab says, it's not always sexual!

If he has only just started, then at 8 months I would assume it is hormonal. Castration may or may not help - once it's become habitual, it can be a difficult habit to break regardless.

Obviously, for your DDs sake, it is unnaceptable. As soon as he looks like he's about to hump, call him to you, have treats to hand and proceed with a few basic training moves for treats. This way, he won't associate humping with treats but rather, the giving to you of his attention.

Also work on teaching him the 'leave' command, for an immediate treat. Soon, you should be able to have him 'leave' your DD alone.

Either way, you will have to consistently catch him just prior to humping but soon, he should understand that more desirable behaviours attract more desirable results (treats!).

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