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Humping behavior help

I have been away from the Forum for quite a while, but was hoping some of you could help me with a new issue. Oreo is now 3 1/2 years old. He was neutered at 6 months and has never really been much of a humper. Occasionally he would try to hump one of the female Goldendoodles across the street, and we would all just laugh since they were 5 times his size, and if our toddler grandson was crawling on the floor, he would try to hump him. In both instances, he redirected very quickly and it wasn't an issue. He has never humped pillows or toys or anything else.
This past weekend, we took him to our usual pet sitters, and they were also going to have a female Havanese (spayed) for a few hours. They had told me about the other Havanese they had started keeping, and had been looking forward to getting them together. Well, poor Oreo was very attracted to her, to put it mildly. He stayed in a state of high anxiety the whole time she was there (7 hours). When she rebuffed his advances, he humped a pillow, his toys, the husband's leg, anything and everything. As soon as the female was gone, he went right back to normal. I use this couple to keep Oreo fairly frequently, and until now, he was the only dog they kept. Now that this other owner has found them, I expect that she will be using them a lot too. They don't mind having both dogs at the same time, but can't go through what they went through last weekend again. They were stressed, and knew it wasn't good for Oreo to be that "excited" for so long. I am not sure if some jealousy played into this, because he is used to having their undivided attention, whether the little girl dog was just too sexy for him to handle, or whether it was about dominance. She is a little smaller than him, and is more docile. He is a very playful, high energy guy.
Since this is not a regular occurance, I don't know how to address this issue, especially when I am not present to deal with it. I really would like for them to be able to keep both dogs at the same time.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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I think I'd ask if they can just keep the two of them separated until they get used to each other. I think that the less fuss made of it, the better. Perhaps bring an expen with him, and ask that they simply gently and kindly, but firmly, put him in the expen with a chew or a kong if that behavior starts, until he realizes that he is getting NOTHING out of it. If they are there together a few times and he can't get "a rise" out of anyone, human or dog, they will probably start to see the behavior wane.


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Thanks Karen! I did send his pen with him, but the husband is such a softie, that I am sure he didn't put Oreo in it. I will send a "special" chew treat with him next time, and ask them to follow your recommendations. They do want to try them together again, but at a time when both owners are in town in case it gets to be too much. I was not surprised that he got excited when the he first met the little lady, but was very surprised that he didn't ever settle down.

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Thanks Karen! I did send his pen with him, but the husband is such a softie, that I am sure he didn't put Oreo in it. I will send a "special" chew treat with him next time, and ask them to follow your recommendations. They do want to try them together again, but at a time when both owners are in town in case it gets to be too much. I was not surprised that he got excited when the he first met the little lady, but was very surprised that he didn't ever settle down.

Thanks again,
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Remind them that being firm and INSISTING that he settle is really in his best interest, and the sooner he learns to settle down, the happier he will be in her company. I'm SURE he didn't enjoy that behavior, and neither did she! (or they, for that matter!)


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Thanks again Karen. Will do! No, I don't think it was fun for anyone involved- canine or human!
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