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TheDuke 04-11-2014 02:38 AM

Incessant butt sniffing and dominant behavior
I have a 2 year old intact male rescue who apparently has some bad dog manners. My roommate brought his 11 year old lab home 6 days ago and Duke is obsessed with him. The second he goes outside he makes a beeline for his bum or crotch and won't stop until we intervene. He's also exhibiting some dominant behaviors towards him, putting his head on neck, and tried to mount him a couple times. Other than that his behavior with him is playful, loose wagging tail, play bows, nothing aggressive.

He's too big and plays too rough for the old guy though so we have to interrupt frequently before anything gets out of hand for the lab. Sometimes I can redirect Duke's attention before he goes into full butt sniffing mode, but if I call him over and have him sit, as soon as the lab moves he takes off to start sniffing, and really just being an overbearing rude invader of personal space.

How can I get this to stop? I know dogs sniff each others butts, but this is just ridiculous. I'm really at a loss right now, it's gotten to the point where we've just started body blocking Duke from getting to the lab, and they can't be in the house together at all, he just gets way to riled up.

NancyJ 04-11-2014 06:30 AM

I think his behavior is pretty normal, particularly for an intact male, and given the age of the lab, you need to do a lot of obedience with this dog to get him to ignore him and keep them separated so that he does not inadvertently hurt the older dog. I would never let them loose together unless he was under your direct control.

I think until he gets the idea he needs to be onlead in the house around the other dog until you have established what is and is not acceptable.

Blanketback 04-11-2014 11:03 AM

If you're preventing your dog from harassing the lab, then you're doing the right thing. If you're consistent with it, your dog will learn to leave the lab alone. I had to teach my pup not to harass our older dog, and also not to provoke a foster I had. I know it seems difficult when the dogs are young and rambunctious, and want to playplayplay and pesterpesterpester, but it can be done :) Nancy gave you great advice here.

TheDuke 04-11-2014 12:19 PM

Thanks for the advice guys. I've made sure that if the lab does want to play that we intervene every few seconds before Duke gets too wound up. We know the lab could get hurt and we're not gonna take that chance. They are also never together unsupervised or even in the house together, his behavior just won't allow it yet. I guess the distraction is too high for him right now for a sit stay. Sometimes I forget working with dogs is an incremental process, and they don't just get it right away.

NancyJ 04-11-2014 12:24 PM

That is true; it can take a long time and it is hardwired instinct for him to want to do that ..

Blanketback 04-11-2014 01:16 PM

I think down/stays are easier, when you position your dog right beside you. It seems that the sit position makes them want to spring to action, so using down might be a better choice for you?

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