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Hi,

Occassionally my 11 month male basset mounts my leg or back (depends if i am lying on settee or sitting/standing etc) and i am unsure of the best way to deal with it. He hasnt been castrated yet although i hope to have that done in the new year. If i tell him "no" then he seems to get aggitated and starts to nip. I have just been reading how best to teach him biting and mouting etiquette so that may improve things.

Any suggestions or ideas please as i dont think castration alone is the only answer but then he is my first dog and so my thoughts are not based on too much experience.

Many thanks

Nat

Edited- When i yelp to show the biting is bad it seems to then spur him on as oppossed to stopping/halting him. It may also be the case that he doesnt stop when he does 'accidentally' encourage my hand into his mouth when he is on his back and i am rubbing his belly too but i dont think he gets 'worse' like he does when his amourous advances are refused. I shall certainly be doing the exercises though as going to be a positive aide nonetheless.
 

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Hi,

I guess i am too new to dogs, i thought castration would improve the situation, but i didnt expect it to eliminate it totally. This behaviour is annoying as when it starts (not every night), it just becomes a nuisance and spoils the good bits for the time that its happening.

What is the best way to react to it for now? i say down or off, he starts nipping or occassionaly gets off, paces and retrys, and then there is the 'situation' to resolve. ie, he gets more excited by the refusal, starts nipping more and situation seems to become reactive.

I want to deal with the situation as best his hormones will allow until i can afford the castration trip but certainly seems i best get saving!

Nat
 

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This is more of a behavior issue than a hormonal one. The humping, combined with the nipping, demonstrate lack of respect for you.

I would suggest immediately enroling him in obedience classes, and starting him on Nothing In Life Is Free

Simply do not allow the behavior. If he starts mounting, make him get off. If he starts mouthing, give him a time out. Let him know that the behavior is unacceptable.
 

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The dalmation I had growing up used to hump everything in sight, even the air. It calmed down after he got neutered, but the behavior occasionally would occur. Unfortunately my best friend was almost always the target.

~Heather
 

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Hi,

The NILIF is a great read, i have read those kind of ideas before now but never so simply put and all in one place, makes it a lot easier to remember in practice when its so succint.

Many thanks for that. We have had a nice evening so far, early days of course but its good to have the positives.

Nat
 
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