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We've noticed that as Tucker is maturing (he is 7 months now), he is now becoming a horney teenager, with hormones raging. Or as I like to say basically a walking b_n_r! He has been a Mississippi leg hound with all of us at one time or another and we tell to knock it off. We are working with him to re-direct this behavior, asking to go thru his repertoire - sit, down, shake, stay, etc. and this does help and he moves on to something else.

For those of you with males, how long did you make it until you got him snipped? Our breeder would like us to wait until 15 to 18 months, and we would too, as we love the big heads, and beautiful manes that develop when you wait. But right now, we are really beginning to wonder if we will be able to make it that far. Is this just a stage, or just the tip of the iceberg? Just trying to figure out what we can expect coming up.

Tonight he was so high strung at his obedience class, and had a hard time focusing. He seems to get fixated on scents now, and when he saw one of the other dogs demonstrating a come command to the instructor, he just lunged for the dog, because he wanted to play and kind of growled (not in a menacing way) when I restrained him. It was like he was so worked up and frustrated that he could not go run and play that he had to let it out some way, it just came out as a growl. The dogs did not get a chance to mingle before class, as we had the week before, I think he needs to get that out of his system before class. There was time to do that the week before, and he was much more relaxed during class last week.

Don't get the wrong idea, most of the time he is wonderful, it is just that we are now starting to see some of his "hormonal" behavior coming out, and are wondering how bad it may get.
 

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It can be annoying at times but I don't think neutering will make that big of a difference. I think it has more to do with age than balls. Caue and Oak take turns mounting each other still. Caue is 16 months and was neutered a couple of months ago and Oakly is three years and was neutered at 6 months. If I were you I would stick it out as long as you can before you neuter but just keep an eye out for any marking behavior which would be a no no in my book. The humping is just part of being a juvenile dog.
 

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He is marking, but he only does it when we go on walks. And it depends on where we walk. If it is around our neighborhood, he lifts his leg a couple of times. But if we go somewhere new, like a walking trail, he lifts his leg a dozen times, sometimes I joke that only air comes out, and he is going to be dehydrated by the time we get home. He does not mark in the house, nor at my parents house. Just walks.
 

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Marking outside the house is very normal for all male dogs, neutered or unneutered. I was talking about marking inside the house which is common in unneutered males. That was the line I was talking about. I really haven't seen a lot of difference in my two being neutered at different ages. Caue did develop a much wider head from being neutered later in life. He is still my "wildman" but so was Oak at that age.
 

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Harley is 14 months now and as an intact male has not shown any desire to mount anything or anyone except his Rottweiler stuffed dog from the Harley Davidson store. If you didn't look you would never know he was intact. Very little marking behavior, great with all dogs intact or not. He has never marked inside the houe either. I'm hoping he is one of the exceptions to the rule and I can wait until he is fully developed to neuter, if at all!
 

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Beau is almost 8 months and I have not had him neutered yet. I too wanted to wait as long as possible for him. I have found that a lot of exercise 2-3 long walks a day prevent him from mounting things. Redirecting behavior like you mentioned is also helpful. If he continued to be as good as he is now I would consider not having him neutered. However he has an undecended testicle, so he has to be neutered by the time he is 2.
 

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Fergus went through a rough period around 8 months where he marked the couch on his way to breakfast, marked strangers at the dog park :doh: ,and was humping a fair bit (love the Mississippi leg hound reference - I remember that from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation!), but it's leveled off. He's now 12 months and I've just settled into a month to month testicular status. Some days I think he can keep 'em for another year, other days I'm ready to remove them myself (not really, but you understand the frustration of a large, young, assertive, male puppy). Each month, I'll reassess and decide how much longer we can wait.

It may be that I'm expecting some drastic change in his behavior, but it sounds like that scenario is too good to be true!
 

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We've noticed that as Tucker is maturing (he is 7 months now), he is now becoming a horney teenager, with hormones raging. Or as I like to say basically a walking b_n_r! He has been a Mississippi leg hound with all of us at one time or another and we tell to knock it off. We are working with him to re-direct this behavior, asking to go thru his repertoire - sit, down, shake, stay, etc. and this does help and he moves on to something else.

For those of you with males, how long did you make it until you got him snipped? Our breeder would like us to wait until 15 to 18 months, and we would too, as we love the big heads, and beautiful manes that develop when you wait. But right now, we are really beginning to wonder if we will be able to make it that far. Is this just a stage, or just the tip of the iceberg? Just trying to figure out what we can expect coming up.

Tonight he was so high strung at his obedience class, and had a hard time focusing. He seems to get fixated on scents now, and when he saw one of the other dogs demonstrating a come command to the instructor, he just lunged for the dog, because he wanted to play and kind of growled (not in a menacing way) when I restrained him. It was like he was so worked up and frustrated that he could not go run and play that he had to let it out some way, it just came out as a growl. The dogs did not get a chance to mingle before class, as we had the week before, I think he needs to get that out of his system before class. There was time to do that the week before, and he was much more relaxed during class last week.

Don't get the wrong idea, most of the time he is wonderful, it is just that we are now starting to see some of his "hormonal" behavior coming out, and are wondering how bad it may get.
The situation you have described has absolutely zip to do with hormones. These are plain and simple training issues that have yet to be worked through. Humping is a mock display of dominance and it has nada to do with sex. (Both male and female dogs will hump subordinate pack members.)
 

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Thanks Swampcollie- we can work through training issues. Our trainer had noted that he was "hormonal" and suggested he be neutered early so he would be easier to handle. She told us he would need to be on a "short leash" because he is very interested in the other dogs in class.
 

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Jake was never neutered and we didn't have a problem with him aside from my brother's friend who he thought was irresistable. :doh: Of course we would immediately stop him, tell him NO and that was that.

Griff will be 2 next week and aside from attempting once or twice with my youngest son, has never tried to mount people. He knows we will not tolerate it. He does have his bed that lately he's been "loving" a bit at night :doh: and when he was that age he had his "manky blankie".
When I take him on walks I keep him on the street or on the path and tell him "no mark" and he does pretty well as long as I keep moving.

Although it's pretty funny when they do it, try not to laugh at these natural clowns :jester: who will consider it a jolly thing to do if you give them a joyful response.

Just like a child, they need to learn to mind their manners.
 

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Trace is 7 months old...has just started becoming scent aware - Golly, the girls cant finish peeing before he is sniffing...I saw Lexi flash him 'the look' and he backed away...
So far he has not lifted his leg indoors or out...and Ive never seen him hump anything, he is definately low-man around here....
 

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Hello all

First post. Been lurking around for a bit.

Cooper is 7 months now and although he has been humping since he was a pup, lately I've noticed he's been doing it a lot more. My wife is 20 weeks pregnant and some days I have to actually pull him off her (he is 72lbs and she is a little over a 100). It’s usually the worst in the mornings. I don’t know if she is putting out some sort of scent because of the pregnancy, but she’s not out of the bed 2 seconds before we hear the familiar jingle of his collar charms “queue 70’s porno music please” :jamming:

My Vet was pretty good about giving me an unbiased view of the pro’s and con’s of the procedure. From a health perspective it seems better for the dog to remove them (better for the Vet’s wallet it would seems also). I have been told waiting too long to get them removed can result in the humping becoming habitual as opposed to just a good o’l time!!!

I was unaware of it affecting the skull size and coat.
Would anybody care to elaborate on that?

Thanks
 

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Hello all

First post. Been lurking around for a bit.

Cooper is 7 months now and although he has been humping since he was a pup, lately I've noticed he's been doing it a lot more. My wife is 20 weeks pregnant and some days I have to actually pull him off her (he is 72lbs and she is a little over a 100). It’s usually the worst in the mornings. I don’t know if she is putting out some sort of scent because of the pregnancy, but she’s not out of the bed 2 seconds before we hear the familiar jingle of his collar charms “queue 70’s porno music please” :jamming:

My Vet was pretty good about giving me an unbiased view of the pro’s and con’s of the procedure. From a health perspective it seems better for the dog to remove them (better for the Vet’s wallet it would seems also). I have been told waiting too long to get them removed can result in the humping becoming habitual as opposed to just a good o’l time!!!

I was unaware of it affecting the skull size and coat.
Would anybody care to elaborate on that?

Thanks
As Swampcollie indicated, humping is a training issue. Not a sexual one. My intact males neither hump nor mark in the house.
As for early neutering, when the testicles are removed before the dog reached physical maturity (approx 18-24 months) thus eliminating the production of testosterone, he will not achieve the male characteristics such as the broad head and deep chest. Instead, he will be "weedy", with a narrow head and chest, and long legs. There are health issues involved in this such as long bone problems, which if neutered when mature can be avoided. Neutering once mature is recommended if you do not intend to show the dog, or breed him, and will decrease the incidence of cancers and prostate problems.
 

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Jack is 3 years old and I have not had him neutered yet. He does not mark or have any bad behaviour, I think that's why I have not done it yet. Don't even think about it until it get's brought up...LOL
I probably should get him done, Rusty was somewhere around 6 month when he got neutered and he is a wild child at age 1 years old. Still humping or at least trying.
 

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the only time I see any sexual behavior with Boston is when a bitch is "prime" up until that point he is a very civilized sweet fellow ...I know someone is bang on today --4 in season - one on day 12 & one on day 14 ! both his daughters!!!! LOL and he is whining and barking ...his beloved is on day 8 ...so he has a couple days to go ....lol
 
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