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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-13-2007, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
 
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Bell Ringing

Marvin is 15 weeks now and in my opinion, so smart! I have a bell hanging outside so when he comes up the steps he pokes the bell with his nose and rings it, then immediately turns around for me to open the door. BUT, the bell we have hanging inside, which is much more important, he LOVES to play with. I end up hanging it high so he can't ring it right after he comes back in. I usually put it down when I think it is time to go out. But I'm waiting for the transition to ringing it just to go potty, not just to interrupt mom when she's finally eating lunch! I have gone through periods of opening the door repeatedly, every time he gets it, so he gets the connection, but... I give up and hang the bell out of reach.

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Marvin is a humper!

Do any of you have puppies that love to hump other puppies? This happens to the little schnoodle down the street (I think there is actual love involved there), and to a little Shi-tzu-poo whatever in puppy class. A LOT! The puppy class teacher said that it is just an arousal thing and that Marvin is a little dominant but also fearful. He is getting neutered in 3 weeks but several people have told me that probably won't change this behavior. It's not the end of the world, just wondering..........

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Do any of you have puppies that love to hump other puppies? This happens to the little schnoodle down the street (I think there is actual love involved there), and to a little Shi-tzu-poo whatever in puppy class. A LOT! The puppy class teacher said that it is just an arousal thing and that Marvin is a little dominant but also fearful. He is getting neutered in 3 weeks but several people have told me that probably won't change this behavior. It's not the end of the world, just wondering..........

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I would scold this right away and nip it in the bud before it gets out of hand.What may seem like love or cute now,will be embarrasing and gross later

Oh--I forgot to tell you--there is a whole thread on bell ringing with alot of help----I believe it's called "Ring the Bell".You might want to search the forum for it!

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Thanks! No it doesn't seem cute even now. It is a little embarrassing!
Thanks for the tip on the bell ringing. I remember seeing posts before but I wasn't 'there' yet so I didn't read them!

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Do any of you have puppies that love to hump other puppies? This happens to the little schnoodle down the street (I think there is actual love involved there), and to a little Shi-tzu-poo whatever in puppy class. A LOT! The puppy class teacher said that it is just an arousal thing and that Marvin is a little dominant but also fearful. He is getting neutered in 3 weeks but several people have told me that probably won't change this behavior. It's not the end of the world, just wondering..........

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Hi Carol,

Yes, Rufus is also humping. Find my thread on Puppy Kindergarten. I just finished telling that Rufus was doing it too! The teacher said it's a normal reaction when males gets over stimulated and they need to be taught it's NOT OK! * I sure hope he won't be an obsessive humper, hopefully he'll just need some training.

Is the humping the reason you are neutering him soon?
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Yes, the Vet thought the humping was a sign that earlier rather than later neutering was a good idea. He'll be 4.5 months. We just came from puppy class (he graduated from puppy 1!!) and was all over that ****zu-poo(Ralphie) again. We just kept lifting him off. He was so distracted by him the whole class. I'm looking forward to puppy 2 when Ralphie won't be there - but maybe he'll be replaced by another favorite! I was noticing that Ralphie didn't very often get down and tumble around with Marvin, like some other puppy friends. I wonder if this is frustrating to Marvin, so the humping is a way to get dominance over him!

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I posted this pic on another thread but given the topic....
They all try & do this with one another(even my female) to show dominance. Its not an arousal thing at all.
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In a puppy this is not a sexual thing at all, it is natural play for dominance.
I agree you should stop it. Cesar had a program on this the other day, a golden that was neutered. . Marvin needs to be put with a good natured older dog that will put him in his place, but not hurt him. If he does it with family, put him to the ground as soon as it starts and hold for a few seconds to let him know this is unacceptable behavior.

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Oh! Sorry, I should clarify - the trainer meant arousal like getting excited, not like sexual.
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Shannon, I practically spit out my water every time I see that picture of Jax!!!!!!!! ROFLMBO Soooooooo dang cute ! lol

Carol, as to "Ralphie", what can I say? I'm married to a Ralph and they can be the cutest things!!! Very hard to resist!

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Did you find the threads about bell ringing? I can post links if you need help.




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