And so it begins….the shame.

Well Gizmo is just over 4 months, and from what I understand it's usually around the 5-6 months they hit puberty. So I guess Gizmo might be early.

If this is the case I do not know, or if he as been learning from watching the other dogs…in any case he has become one little "pervert". And the shame, and embarrassment comes flowing in!

At the dog park he is experimenting, on how to "get it on"...with very little success.
He, for some reason, picks only the large dogs, and he sticks to their sides. So what I have to witness is my sweet Gizmo standing almost vertical attempting to do "hip thrusts"...since he is standing so stretched out this movement is close to imposable. So this comically results in him doing very small jumps up and down instead. :rolleyes:

Since he is a pup, most of the dogs allow this. But once Dennis (a King Poodle), whom Gizmo gets along great with, came to the park and Gizmo attempted his "new skills" on him! Dennis would have no such thing. And he barked and "snaps" at Gizmo. Which I smiled at, because I hoped Gizmo would learn that this kind of behavior was not welcome.
But alas. Gizmo, being full of teenage "hornyness", did not pick up the signals and keeps going for it.
Dennis did everything he could to stay away, and eventually had to continually run all over. The result was one VERY tired Gizmo at the end of the day. But now I fear Gizmo has stepped over a line with his friend. But we shall see...

On another day, there where no dogs. So Gizmo decided to have a go at the small grass "bumps" on the ground. So he jumps on one, and starts thrusting away! Ahaha, oh man, I am SO happy no one was there watching! But I still was embarrassed and yelled "NO!" at him, stopping him.

It's only getting worse day by day. Now....how should i put this....eh...the "red lipstick" comes out of the casing...if you catch my drift. And it can be anything from me picking him up and having him on my lap...woops there it is! From him just sitting there doing nothing...out it comes!

Now I know it's only natural, but lord is it ever embarrassing! Especially when you think of the saying that "the dog is a reflection of the owner", how they look alike, and act alike...
Man, what does that say about me? Some sick pervert that goes after anything that moves. Haha!!

Also he is hooked on smelling the other dogs privat areas! Not just once, or twice, but he will run after them with his nose up in their buisness! Even when they lift a leg to pee, or poop, he sticks his nose right up in there! Needless to say, he has gotten dirty several times....and in the shower he goes when we get home...sigh...

I can only laugh along with the other owners at the dog park as they all watch Gizmo failing and making a fool out of himself. But inside I am wishing I was dead.....oh the shame! :o

You have to say it Basenji's are Great at what ever they are doing or trying to do.

Rita Jean

I hate to burst your bubble. It's not entirely horniness that is causing him to hump and stick his nose in nether regions. He is trying to be dominant. His behavior is rude in dog language. He's lucky that poodle only snapped at him. Another dog may have done some damage.

Some folks will jump on me for this and yes, I understand it is rut season right now. However, if you don't try to curtail his behavior, he may bring injury to himself via a less patient dog.

@AJs:

I hate to burst your bubble. It's not entirely horniness that is causing him to hump and stick his nose in nether regions. He is trying to be dominant.

Actually, from a lot of what I've read, many times it isn't dominance…it is a stress reliever for many dogs. So it could be that he is actually stressed.

How embarassing for you :o Like Belinda says he is probably trying to exert his dominance, see how far he can go etc.
Benji was neutered but still humped occassionaly, mostly on cushions and pillows, i just made sure it was my husbands :D:D

@NerdyDogOwner:

It's only getting worse day by day. Now….how should i put this....eh...the "red lipstick" comes out of the casing...if you catch my drift. And it can be anything from me picking him up and having him on my lap...woops there it is! From him just sitting there doing nothing...out it comes!

This is also a stress signal…. As recommended many times before, watch "Language of Dogs". It's a great set of DVDs.

If you're not planning on breeding him, I suggest you get him neutered.

I'll probably get in trouble for that one too.

Gizmo will be losing his puppy license soon and entering a phase of his life where adult dogs will begin teaching him appropriate deference.
It is going to be hard to watch, but it is good for him.

Shelly I love your last eight words. Way to go.

Rita Jean

Maybe he's stressed from his alone time training. 😃 Whatever the reason, your story cracked me up!

And remember this is typical basenji breeding season… many of the males will "rut" especially young males....

@AJs:

If you're not planning on breeding him, I suggest you get him neutered.

I'll probably get in trouble for that one too.

If I do that, then I am getting HIM into more trouble. Neutered dogs give off a different smell, and since most dogs here are not neutered they will attack and be hostile towards him.

I talked to a dog owner at the park a while back and she regretted neutering her dog, he is never left alone and is often in conflicts.

Oh, and btw, me writing about "hornyness" was an attempt at adding a bit humor when writing my story…

@barklessk9:

Maybe he's stressed from his alone time training. 😃 Whatever the reason, your story cracked me up!

Thanks, glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

@renaultf1:

Actually, from a lot of what I've read, many times it isn't dominance…it is a stress reliever for many dogs. So it could be that he is actually stressed.

Actually I think it's also a way to get attention. There where a lot of dogs at the park that day, but try as he might he never got anyone to interact with him. That's when he started "jumping" on them.

I also witnessed this with another dog a previous day, when 3 dogs where playing, and he too was left out. Thats when the "jumping" started for that dog as well.

We are still in rut season and humping and penis crowning are very common during this time. The dogs are all sort of on edge this time of year, it doesn't seem to matter if they are neutered or not they all know there is something going on even if they aren't sure what.

@lvoss:

We are still in rut season and humping and penis crowning are very common during this time. The dogs are all sort of on edge this time of year, it doesn't seem to matter if they are neutered or not they all know there is something going on even if they aren't sure what.

That would explain why my B chose not to eat this morning. I have a feeling this will be a fun week. :o

When does the season usually end?

It depends on the dog but usually by Thanksgiving though it can last into December.

Houston

Just to put a spin on things…my daughter's Schnauzer/Yorkie mix, Luna, sometimes humps the boys, so in her case it is definitely dominance, she even lifts her leg when she pees on certain mailbox poles. Our newbie, Moses was humping or should I say tried pathetically to hump Otis this weeekend, Otis spoke up, loud and clear and Moses will not be doing that again, Otis is the boss..if Luna isn't in the room..LOL.
I think either dominance, or stress could bring that behaviour out, unless of course he is just an early boy.. making daddy proud, or embarrassed.:);):D

@NerdyDogOwner:

If I do that, then I am getting HIM into more trouble. Neutered dogs give off a different smell, and since most dogs here are not neutered they will attack and be hostile towards him.

I talked to a dog owner at the park a while back and she regretted neutering her dog, he is never left alone and is often in conflicts..

I have to say I have always… ALWAYS neutered and spayed my dogs and have NEVER seen this to be true. NEVER.

In fact, In my experience, the neutered dogs get along much better.

Really? Hm, I should do some reading on neutering. Listening to a random person at the dog park is not a reliable source. lol

@NerdyDogOwner:

Really? Hm, I should do some reading on neutering. Listening to a random person at the dog park is not a reliable source. lol

Indeed.

I was set for awhile to not neuter my B. There's a lot of great literature out there about the Pro's and Con's.

It eventually came down to managing his behavior while intact. He was more prone to be further anxious if left intact and that was something I did not want him to deal with, considering he's high-strung as it is.

I'm happy with my choice to neuter. Although I support those who choose not to even if they are not planning on breeding. 🙂

Been googling around, and so far there is very little negative sides to neutering, besides the inability to breed and the chance of gaining weight.

The desire to "roam" cuts down, dominance behavior falls dramatically, territorial behavior is close to gone, health benefits (testicular cancer). Cleaner and calmer dog.

I also read: Spaying and neutering before sexual maturity also offers a temperament benefit. Males neutered early in life tend to be less aggressive and less distracted.

Hmm, I really should make up my mind fast.

Of course being a male myself I am VERY reluctant in doing this to my buddy….lol

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