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20th February 2010, 07:30 PM
Four weeks ago we got Dotty who is a rescue from a Puppy Farm. Dotty has settled in really
well with the other two. However, Molly sort of mounts her ! :eek: Does anyone know what it
is she is doing :confused:

Cathy Moon
20th February 2010, 07:33 PM
What is happening when Molly mounts her? What situations?

20th February 2010, 07:38 PM
Are they all neutered? It sounds like a dominance gesture to me - my lady, who is the boss of the house, does it to the rest of my dogs when they are getting out of line.

20th February 2010, 09:07 PM
Nothing much is happening, they are all just standing around and Molly kind of mounts her like she (Molly) is a boy :yikes

Cathy Moon
20th February 2010, 09:29 PM
I'm not sure why your Molly is doing this. I thought maybe she was trying to get between Dotty and you, maybe to get all your attention to herself. If it is something like this, I would discourage the behavior with a quick 'time out'. But since that doesn't seem to be the situation, you might want to ask a professional. Have Molly and Dotty worked out their relationship? Do they seem otherwise at ease with each other?

When we used to take our dogs to small dog park at a training facility, if any dog humped another (usually these were intact males doing the humping) the dog trainer would have the owner of the 'humper' dog pick him up and then put him back down after a few seconds. This was to discourage the humping behavior by giving the humper a message 'you cannot play if you do that'.

When I see mounting behavior in my pack of three, it is usually India mounting Geordie to put his bad behavior in check. Usually all it takes is for him to bark at someone who is perceived as a friend, like a neighbor or at our Chocolate, and India is right on him to make him behave. Because it so quickly and effectively works to stop his behavior, and India is otherwise a model canine good citizen, I don't discourage it. India has a lot of self confidence and is very friendly while Geordie is on the shy side. But Geordie actually seems to calm down when India puts him in check.

20th February 2010, 10:59 PM
Hi, thank you for your replies. Molly, Dougall and Dotty seem to be fine together, they are all calm and even sleep together in the evenings. (Dougall gets a bit worried if Dotty tries to steal his balls;)). There are not any issues over food or cuddles. When Molly does this I ask her gently "what are you doing" and she stops.

20th February 2010, 11:30 PM
Are they all neutered? It sounds like a dominance gesture to me - my lady, who is the boss of the house, does it to the rest of my dogs when they are getting out of line.

Sorry I missed this, Molly and Dougall were neutered when puppies, 2 yrs ago, Dotty was neutered around last Oct/Nov time. My guess is she probably had her last litter around this time.

21st February 2010, 08:50 AM
This happens when I look after my friends Cavaliers, that is my Rosieís sister and aunty and Ebonies brother. So they all have grown up together. Rosieís sister is the boss and even coming to my house she always mounts Harley who is the youngest. I stop her and after a while she is ok. I think itís a dominance thing.

21st February 2010, 10:01 AM
The same thing happend the other day. when Charlie came back from his over night stay at the specialist. Poppy throw her self on his back i think she was telling him of for being away and putting her sent on him. She is the boss right from babies she's alway's been the boss. I would think that's whay your little one's doing .