Neutering your male dog is helpful if you don’t wish him to become a parent. Apart from the health benefits of castration, it’s your duty as a responsible dog owner to have him neutered.
You may have had your dog neutered and are irritable because he is still mounting other dogs. Now what?
How do you stop a neutered male dog from mounting other dogs? You’ve neutered him to stop him from contributing to bringing unwanted puppies into the world.
But what do you do when you’ve had him neutered, and he is still mounting other dogs?
A Firm ‘No’ And Lock Him Up
What can you do to stop your neutered dog from mounting other dogs? Some veterinary behaviorists tell us that neutering will certainly diminish the amount of testosterone in a dog.
They say that some sex hormones can remain in a dog that has been neutered. A large male dog that engages in obsessive humping with a small dog can create safety concerns.
If your dog humps an unwilling dog, it could result in a fight. Always push your dog off and say a firm ‘no.’ You can even resort to locking him in an enclosed area.
Leave him there alone with no toys. After a few minutes, release him and behave toward him as though nothing has happened.
First Things First – A Trip To The Vet
So what do you do to stop dog your dog from humping? The first thing you should do is schedule an appointment for your pet to be examined by the vet.
You never can tell – he may well have some other medical condition causing this irritating behavior.
Once you have ruled out any medical conditions causing his mounting, it’s time to look at other possible causes.
The longer your dog has had his mounting behavior, the more complex and longer it will take to change his habits.
Crate Or Leash Him
If you take your dog into public areas, he will have to be crated or leashed. This way, you manage your pet’s environment and prevent him from having free rein.
He will be restrained from aggravating other dogs at the vet or in the park in a crate or on a leash.
From puppyhood, train your dog to walk on a leash. These days, most parks have leash laws in place. If you are going to be using a park for exercise for your pet, get him used to a leash.
If your dog is known for his humping ways, you won’t be able to let him off the leash. Only when he has been trained not to mount other dogs can you safely allow him to run free in the park.
Keep Your Dog Exercised
When your dog has too much energy, that excess energy is directed into unwanted behavior. Keeping your dog exercised goes beyond just being active.
It extends to your dog’s nutrition, environment, and body condition, which influence his health and behavior.
When your dog has too much energy, he directs that energy toward an unwanted behavior such as humping. Daily exercise will help to release his pent-up energy, aggression, and desire to hump.
Take your dog out each day for a strenuous walk and get him to get tired. The exercise can help to prevent your neutered, humping dog from using his energy on humping behavior.
Make Sure Your ‘No’ Is ‘No’
As the human in the house, you are the pack leader. You need to make your 4-legged canine friend understand this.
Get him used to the word ‘No.’ A firm ‘No’ must make your dog know that he is displaying the wrong behavior.
Training your dog to respond to the ‘no’ word is done in a non-threatening way, focusing on rewarding your pet when he changes his behavior.
Keep His Stress Levels Low
Humping can also be a stress response. As a responsible dog owner, you should avoid putting your dog in stressful situations that you know trigger humping.
It won’t help to stop the mounting behaviors by shouting at your dog and striking out at him.
Dog experts tell us that both canine aggression and other behavioral issues aren’t because of dominant behavior. It is also not because the dog owner doesn’t take the alpha role.
This kind of behavior is essential because of anxiety and stress.
We see it in both male and female dogs. Some dogs hump other dogs of the same sex, and even females hump males. It’s partly due to anxiety, automatic or learned behavior.
Keep Females In Heat Away
You can’t just suppress what is natural in a dog. They have an instinct to reproduce. A female dog in heat can still create the desire to hump, even in a neutered dog.
It’s cruel to keep a female dog in heat near any male dog.
Certainly, you will need to keep the male and female separated during this time unless you are planning a litter of puppies. If not, it is far better to have a female dog spayed to reduce humping from the males.
Redirect His Energy
It’s weird what dogs will get up to get your attention. Dogs will sometimes mount another dog to get some kind of a reaction from you.
A dog will mount another dog to attract your attention. You will either have to ignore him or push him away with a stern’ no’.
You’re showing him that his behavior won’t be tolerated. Once you have got your dog to stop his humping, you should try to redirect his energy into a rough and tumble game.
He will just love the attention you give him and readily exchange his humping for the playful interaction.
When you’re around your dogs, it is always good to have some toys on hand to detract your dog should he try to mount the other one.
You want to be ready to intervene as soon as you see the slightest sign of mounting behavior in your dog. The quicker you intervene in the mounting behavior, the more effective the intervention.
It’s important to remain calm and consistent with your humping modification program. With a young neutered dog, this consistency should pay off as he gets the idea of what isn’t acceptable behavior.
Mounting other dogs is what dogs do. It is normal for male and female dogs, neutered and unneutered dogs. Your concern isn’t about why dogs mount but how to stop your neutered male dog from mounting other dogs.
If the humping bothers you, there are several things you can do to end the behavior. Dog experts tell us that there are always certain behaviors that your dog does before mounting: pawing, panting, and licking.
When your dog does this, distract him with a game or the promise of a walk. If you have tried all these methods and are still battling with your dog’s humping, speak to your vet or a reputable animal behaviorist.
Purrfect n’ Pawesome is the brainchild of Amanda, who has been into researching and writing about pets to help other pet parents in nurturing their adorable pets. Currently, she runs Purrfect n’ Pawesome along with her team of experienced and dedicated pet experts. Along with being an awesome writer and entrepreneur, Amanda is a cat mom to two innocently spoiled cats, Balanca and Scruffy.
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