Gwynn’s milkshake brings all the boys to the yard. He get-get-get’s them love-drunk off his hump. But they don’t buy him things, or treat him very nicely.
Gwynn wasn’t very old when he met Sadie. She was (and is) the older woman in his life, a whopping 2 years older than him. He was smitten from their first meeting. After a few preliminary dates involving lots of running around and sniffing things, he felt that lovin’ feelin’. As casual as the stretch-and-drape-arm-around-girl, he leaned his head on her shoulder. As awkward as the nose-bump of a first kiss, he went for the gold. He wasn’t sure why he wanted to do it, but he knew he did.
Sadie shot him down so fast, he didn’t stand a chance. She cut him down to size, and made it clear, in no uncertain terms, that if he wanted to run with her, he’d better keep his paws to himself and his Elvis-impersonator-hips out of the equation altogether. It was a very impressive and lasting lesson in doggy etiquette. Once in a while, Gwynn tries again on another dog. If the other dog doesn’t shoot him down as efficiently as Sadie did, and if he doesn’t get over the urge quickly and move on, I put my own end to his lover-boy routine.
It’s a dog thing, I get it. It’s called ‘doggy style’ for a reason. It means they’re trying to dominate, or play or be aggressive, or… whatever the reasoning of the week is. A lot of dogs aren’t a big fan of having it done to them, but not all of them are good at disengaging from the situation. So, if Gwynn seems determined to harass one particular dog (regardless of if he’s bringing his hump, his hump his hump his hump! into the situation, or simply worrying at their heels and trying to force play), I disengage him from it. If he has joined other dogs in ganging up on one particular dog, I disengage him from it. He gets a break, sitting next to me, or a full departure from the park if the obsession continues after the break. His actions are my responsibility.
Dogs play ROUGH! But if one of them lets out a yelp, both of them stop. They go from 100% movement, gung-ho to keep at it… to stopped and watching each other for a few moments. This, to me, reads as a “Time out!” called by one of the participants.
Some of Gwynn’s admirers really don’t get it, though. They get it in their heads that this must happen. They hear “Time Out”, or “Stop!”, and choose to keep going. It ruins play-time, since Gwynn can’t go off and play with another dog without being hounded by his fanatical fan. He wants to disengage, he’s giving the ‘time out’ signs, he’s saying “bugger off!”… the other dog isn’t allowing it. I blame the owners. They stand there laughing about it (if they’re even paying attention to what their amorous pooch is getting up to), as Casanodog gets completely obsessed with the game of forced-humping-time.
I’m not saying that people ought to immediately haul their dog away if it starts trying to ‘get on top’… but if they’re being obnoxious, it’s time to take charge, and teach their dog a bit of etiquette. The issue at hand isn’t one dog’s action – it’s the other dog’s reaction.
What’s your take on this?