My GSD Prince constantly tries to hump my rottie mix Max, causing fights. Now Prince has started humping my diabetic beagle Sammy. What causes a dog to do this?

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Max and Sammy were adopted about eight years ago, Max first and Sammy about two months later. Everything was fine. Prince was adopted about five years ago and at first, everyone got along. About a year later, Prince was sniffing Max’s genital region, licking his urine, and trying to hump him. Max was having no parts of that and the two dogs now have their fair share of daily fights. Just recently, Prince began the same thing with Sammy, who has back problems. How can I get Prince to refrain from these activities?

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Asked on December 20, 2015 4:09 pm
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This is a form of asserting dominance. I am assuming Prince is neutered, as are Max and Sammy. If they are not, that should be done immediately. Even neutered males may show secondary sexual characteristics, especially if they are the dominant Alpha male and the trait was established prior to neutering. Certainly, rebuking Prince for his behavior will help, but typically only while the dogs are in your presence. When you are not around, it would probably be best to separate Prince from the other two. Otherwise you will eventually come home to some serious wounds.

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Posted by Dr. Gaylord Brown
Answered on December 23, 2015 12:12 pm
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