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PostPosted: 30 Dec 2016, 16:31 
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Hi!
Archie is much calmer now he is almost 10 months old... time has gone very quickly!!

He is absolutely amazing and we all love him to pieces however due to his size (around 25 inches in height and 26 inches in length from collar to bottom) we prefer to keep him on the lead when visitors come to our house as he has not quite mastered keeping all 4 paws on the ground yet when greeting people. We do not want him knocking anyone over, particularly elders.

When there are visitors who come round that are more capable of holding his weight, we take Archie off the lead as we realise it is important that he has this socialisation with new people in his house. However I have noticed that he has begun to mount people almost every time someone visits, particularly the youngsters who sit on the floor. An example of this is today when we had a visitor and as she bent down to do her shoes up, Archie mounted her. Because of his weight this can be heavy and his paws are very big which can be painful and can leave scratches. I have read up that this could be due to him wanting to show that he is dominant or that he is just overly excited but I find it very embarrassing when it happens.

Not only does he do it to visitors but he also sometimes does it to the people he lives with for example, me (and he knows I am dominant to him!)

Is there a reason for this, is it normal behaviour and will he grow out of it or are there ways we need to train him in order to prevent him from doing it.

Thanks.

Another quick query I have is the constant sniffing of peoples crotches when they visit, can I stop Archie from doing this and how ???


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 Post subject: Re: Mounting?
PostPosted: 30 Dec 2016, 22:22 
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:lol: :lol: :lol: It's embarassing isn't it! Beamish is a crotch sniffer too!

Don't pay any attention to the dominance theory - it has been disproved but still hangs on in some peoples memories. Mounting is almost always just excitement - the exception being when a male only targets bitches, and then the obvious explanation applies! :oops: :roll:

As with any training problem, it is always easier to tell the dog what you want him to do than to tell him to stop doing something you don't want, so I would decide how you want him to greet visitors - such as a sit - pick a behaviour he knows well and which you can reward.

In our house all soft toys are called "Teddy", so if Beamish decide to mount children, I tell him to go fetch Teddy which usually distracts everyone.

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 Post subject: Re: Mounting?
PostPosted: 31 Dec 2016, 17:27 
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Bid wrote:
:lol: :lol: :lol: It's embarassing isn't it! Beamish is a crotch sniffer too!

Don't pay any attention to the dominance theory - it has been disproved but still hangs on in some peoples memories. Mounting is almost always just excitement - the exception being when a male only targets bitches, and then the obvious explanation applies! :oops: :roll:

As with any training problem, it is always easier to tell the dog what you want him to do than to tell him to stop doing something you don't want, so I would decide how you want him to greet visitors - such as a sit - pick a behaviour he knows well and which you can reward.

In our house all soft toys are called "Teddy", so if Beamish decide to mount children, I tell him to go fetch Teddy which usually distracts everyone.



Hi, thank you for your advice! The idea to make him sit when people come to the door is good however Archie still enjoys sniffing peoples crotches when they are sat down or walking around the house, even when they have been here for a few hours! He will sometimes follow them with his nose practically glued to their crotch or bottom?! How do I stop this?


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 Post subject: Re: Mounting?
PostPosted: 31 Dec 2016, 17:43 
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Maybe this is wrong but I would use distraction, possibly treats?
Years ago we had a Cairn terrier who was an embarrassing "mounter" He always started on my friends legs when they sat down, but as soon as my Mum walked in the room he would stop! She was the boss! I was a teenager back then and I was mortified by Henrys Humping!!
Our Cocker Spaniel liked sniffing crotches and we always said "biscuit" to distract him.
Dude doesn't do this, but he does get v excited when people call in and we find giving him a toy to hold helps a lot. He does a sort of parade back and forth with a toy in his mouth in front of guests :roll: Anny


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