I had never went to a dog park before today. My sister goes to this park near my house and it was a nice day so I decided to check it out. I get there and there are about 7-10 dogs. Everything was fine for about half an hour. There was chasing, running, playing, etc.. Then this one dog "chevy" that came in and decided that he wanted to hump odie. Odie is also a male dog. Chevys owner kept yelling at him, but he wouldn't stop. Soon after that 2 other dogs decided that Odie would be a great dog to hump. So before I know it there are three dogs standing in line taking turns on my dog. A few times he was actually penetrated. It was discusting. The owner of chevy continued to yell at her dog and physically pull him off my dog, but the owners of the other two dogs seemed unconcerned and thought it was funny.
My dog didn't resist much, and didn't fight back, but he couldn't even move. He kept getting pinned down and humped by these three dogs. Every time Odie tried to get up he'd just get knocked down again a few seconds later and raped.
I thought this behavior might stop so I hung around for a little bit, but after 15 minutes of this crap I decided to leash my dog up and leave. I was pretty mad that these people thought this behavior was ok.
I don't think I'll be going back to that dog park.
Ugh. I know how that is. The dog park that's near me is awesome, but I always tend to run into idiot people and their dogs.
Abbey has gotten kind of attacked and pinned down to the ground by dogs there before and they just didn't play nice.
What you observed was not about sex but about dominance amongst the dogs. Humping commonly happens in dog group situations - most dogs will either submit (which usually makes the other dogs stop) or the humpee will not allow the humping and will defend.
Your title of this thread is quite inflammatory and will probably provoke some ire among some.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
What did you do?
I rarely go to dog parks (because of ignorant owners and I basically have my own right here, lol) but if someone elses dog humps mine, and mine doesn't correct it immediatly, I remove the other dog. Usually the other owner will get the hint. On the rare occasion that they don't, I remove the dog and walk it right over to it's owner...I've yet to have someone not understand that. There's no reason that someone can't teach their dog "leave it", IMO.
I agree with BigBrownDog.
My Puff is NOT a dominant dog -- far from it. And she sometimes gets humped --and sometimes VERY aggressively -- by FEMALE dogs.
It's a dominance thing.
Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]
Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
Ditto. The title is way beyond offensive.
Some dogs just seem to be targets of humping - particularly if they are very passive and won't tell the humper to back off. If you are planning to go back to the dog park, keep your dog moving - play fetch with her, encourage her in tag games etc. If a situation like you describe occurs again (non stop humping with no assistance from the other owner, and the dog does not appear aggressive, simply leash the offending dog and walk him back to the other owner. repeat as necessary
I assume your dog is spayed?
Last edited by Garth; 05-04-2009 at 12:49 AM.