I adopted a 2-3yr old Lab/Hound (maybe a little pit) male fixed dog about 4 weeks ago. He's name is Toby. He came from a troubled background where he was abandoned with several other dogs in a field. He has scars from apparent fights, but he's not aggressive towards my other dogs. If anything, he is super submissive to them. Very loving and always looks for approval. He cowers if you yell at any of animals. Last weekend, we took Toby out along with our 6yr old Rhodesian Ridgeback to some local wineries. Both wineries had un-fixed male dogs that obviously became aroused by Toby. A large mastiff/mix tried to mount Toby twice from behind at the first. And at the second, an Australian Sheppard tried to mount Toby and was very aggressively trying to lick and sniff his privates! We had to physically push the Sheppard away but he was not giving up. He sat beside us the two hours we were there trying to sneak his way closer to Toby. The dog ended up following us to our car and chasing us down the road with our dogs back in the car at 30MPH+ still trying to get to Toby! We think that maybe Toby is giving off some sort of scent that is attractive to non-fixed males. Anyone ever heard of such a thing? Would love some feedback. If there is a scent that he's giving off, is there anything we can do about it?
I do not claim to be an expert on dog behavior, but I have have done some reading on dog behavior. From my understanding dogs usually mount another dog for two reasons and they are to mate or to show dominance over the other. Since your dog is not a female in heat, most likely he was mounted because the other dogs were trying to show him who's in charge. It sounds like you took your dog to these other dogs' territory and they wanted to establish a pecking order. To the best of my knowledge, neutered male dogs do not give off a scent that would attract other male dogs. It is normal for dogs to sniff each other in the private area. Sometimes, not always, un-neutered males came seem a little crazier than neutered males (at least in my experience).
If I have said something incorrectly, someone please correct me. Thanks!
purpledog answered the same way I would have. This is a dominance thing, not a sexual thing. We tend to place human reactions, etc onto our pets and they simply act the way they do for different reasons than we would.
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