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brittanyb28 12-16-2013 08:31 AM

Stop Humping Everything!!
 
Hello,
My Blue just turned 1 an he literally humps everything! My leg, my husbands leg, other dogs, etc. I wish it was just a once in a while thing, but its literally every 30 min at home, and every 2 min at the dog park lol. I don't know if I wish to neuter him or not but I wanted to see if anyone had any good opinions. Also how do you teach such a big dog not to jump? Now that he's humping everything it seems like his focus has gone out the door and doesn't listen to commands like, come, no, etc.

MaggieRoseLee 12-16-2013 09:48 AM

Sounds like he's bored and humping is the best most fun thing to turn to that he can do all by himself.

So I'd become much more involved and engaged with his training and toys and play. Rather have him bring a ball to me and have us play, then he know I"m boring and no fun so he takes care of the fun all on his own!!!

DOG CLASSES!!! There are so many different and fun things that help us bond with our dogs in a good way. Herding, agility, clicker games, rally, obedience, scentwork..... ANYTHING is a good way to start focusing back to us as someone to interact rather then them just go to the easy default he's chosen.

EXERCISE!

BTW, he may be big but he's still very much a puppy at only a year --> http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...s-puppies.html

Good luck!

brittanyb28 12-16-2013 10:02 PM

Well I was advised by a local german shepherd trainer to buy a choke collar and have him wear that and the leash constantly so when he does something undesirable, pull on it and say no firmly. So far it's worked, with the humping, biting and jumping. Just feel bad that he can't really wonder unless we are in the backyard playing. Since his previous owner wrestled with him as a puppy, he thinks pushing him off is playing but that is unacceptable in our home with our kids.


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brittanyb28 12-16-2013 10:04 PM

Btw I think the real problem is he doesn't understand no. So when I say no and pull the collar the trainer said he will start to understand and later on that, that behavior is unacceptable.


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katieliz 12-16-2013 10:07 PM

choke collars are old school (imho) and can seriously damage a dogs trachea. i'm also not a big fan of punitive training, works better to redirect bad behavior and reward good behavior. that's been my (very long) experience, anyway.

Sri 12-17-2013 01:51 PM

I wonder if calming techniques will work?

It seems to me that your dog has too much energy. How about more training, exercise and reinforcing calm behaviour? Perhaps do not give him his food in a bowl anymore but make him earn it? You can also give him his food in kongs, interactive toys, etc when you are not training him.

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pets4life 12-20-2013 05:02 PM

maybe let him play with large female dogs only for a bit they will curb this obsession.

shepherdmom 12-20-2013 09:22 PM

Neuter him. Problem solved.

Saphire 12-20-2013 09:34 PM

Neutering is not a cure all for this behavior. Females also do this....redirect and give outlets for the energy.

shepherdmom 12-20-2013 10:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Saphire (Post 4704738)
Neutering is not a cure all for this behavior. Females also do this....redirect and give outlets for the energy.


It has cured every male dog I've ever owned. There is a difference between female domination humping and intact males just humping everything in sight.


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