Stop the Mounting

Your dog/puppy is mounting for one of two reasons:

• He or she is vying for dominance in your relationship or family.

• He or she feels small and out of control.

Many times, mounting is focused on inanimate objects; it often occurs during times when the energy level in your household is escalating. If your dog mounts a pillow, either ignore it as a stage that will pass or calmly separate the two and give him a stationary command, such as SIT or DOWN and STAY.

If your dog is mounting humans, begin a training regime immediately, and involve family members and friends. Have him SIT for attention, make him WAIT at doors and for food, and teach him HEEL when you're outside and with company. If the mounting escalates to aggression, call your veterinarian for a professional referral.

Recognize that mounting is a symptom of another issue: control and dominance. You (and your family) must emphasize that you possess both: you are in control of every situation and are fully capable of being the dominant leader of your dog's family.

My 5-month-old collie mounts our older dog constantly-a 5-year-old male collie! Is this sexual? What's he trying to communicate?

It has nothing to do with either dog's sexuality. Your puppy is restless and energetic and smart. He's also bossy. It is a passing phase, which should be ignored or gently interrupted. Assertive interruption may cause tension between the two dogs.

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When you see the mounting behavior beginning to emerge, take the leash immediately, tug it as you say NO, and redirect your dog to DOWN and STAY. If your dog can't calm down, put him on a leash and bring him to your side. If you catch your dog in the act of mounting a person, calmly approach him, or grasp the leash if he's mounting you, and tug down firmly.

Next, calmly lead him to a quiet area and leave him alone for fifteen minutes.

If tugging the leash escalates the interaction, try the spray-away correction: discreetly spray down toward his feet without eyeing or shouting at him.

If a particular time or prop (a dangling leg, kids on the floor) sets the mounting in motion, be prepared. Leave a leash on your dog's training collar and correct him immediately. Corrections should be swift and firm.

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