[help] male puppy and male dog humping each other

My new puppy keeps humping my dog and my dog also humps the puppy- they take turns. They are both male so there’s no risk for pregnancy but still, I don’t want to encourage this habit. How do I get them to stop? The puppy doesn’t understand and my dog just doesn’t listen.

Also, what’s the best way to get your pup to stop whining? Mine is very vocal, and whines without good reason (such as he is safe, fed and doesn’t need to potty). The breeder even warned me. It makes my dog whine and of course that’s just a recipe for disaster😂

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[Help] My puppy’s breath smells like poop

I just picked up my puppy today from a reputable breeder but his mouth stinks so badly like poop that we can’t even take it.

At first we thought it was his fur, so we bathed him. Turns out it’s his mouth. My only theory is that he somehow ate some poop before we got him while around all his litter mates. We have a toothbrush with doggy toothpaste that we are going to try in the morning....

Are there any other explanations for this? Do you think this smell will go away? The last puppy I raised didn’t have a breath issue. I’m hoping this isn’t something that will last and even more so hoping there isn’t something wrong with him.

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[help] need advice on whether I should get this dog

Puppy mills = no. I hate them.

I thought to get a dog you’d pay like 500$ at a dog shop for a cute dog and that’s it. It’s not. There are a few different ways of getting a dog.

Buying from a good breeder, Adoption , Classfields, Pet shops

Now. Adoption is the best option. But not for us. We tried fostering one. We couldn’t because of allergies. All the dogs at the foster were breed mixes. Searched for 2 months, 3 shelters, no hypoallergenic breed mix. Where we live you don’t find purebred dogs at shelters. You never will. We can’t do adoption. That’s really sad.

Then there is buying a dog from a breeder. But where we live, not city, or region, but the entire country, there are no reputable breeders. Literally. You can get a breeder to import, but a good breeder would never import to a random stranger. We’d have to go see the dog. What are we gonna do? Travel to a different country to see a dog? I highly doubt that. If we are allergic and the dog was imported to us how do we give it back?

Classfields. No. Just no.

And then, pet shops. Almost all pet shops dog come from puppy mills. I say almost because my mom had a Yorkshire terrier, who was from a pet shop and not puppy mill. He lived until 18. Happy and healthy.

Basically, pet shops are the only way for us to get a dog.

Now, there is this Havanese, 2.5 months, home bred, they say it’s healthy, with passport, microchip and vaccinations done. Most pet shops would want to make money and give a way a dog as soon as possible. But this pet shop let us try for 3 days to see if we had allergies. No other pet shops did that. The prices of a dog where I live are ridiculously high. Like for example, a mini poodle usually costs 1200-1500, which is apparently “expensive”. But where I live (it’s a different currency so this is translated) it’s about 4500$. You won’t find anything under 2500. But, this puppy was fair priced.

My parents said that getting a dog that may come from a puppy mill isn’t gonna be more sick, or more unhealthy than getting a dog at an adoption. They make a fair point. Unfortunately, everyone who gets a dog here where I live must’ve gotten it like this.

So? Should I do it? Should I try?

Thanks for reading. GBYA.

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[Discussion] Why do dogs stand over smaller animals and put their head in their mouth?

Its something I've notice my friends adult border collie do when my puppy was small. It seemed to be a positive thing, during playing etc. I think it seems like trust building, like the bigger dog is saying I am big, I can put your whole head in my mouth but I'm not going to hurt you. My boyfriend thinks it's a dominance thing. The border collie was very good at jumping and prancing over my pup without ever standing on him.

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Does my puppy know tomorrow is Monday?

My 8 month old Labradoodle is just a happy dog almost all of the time. Today we have hung out, went for an awesome morning walk, and then this evening I took her out and she was just off. Acting weird, didn’t want to interact with any dogs, wasn’t really interested in anything other than chasing her ball. When we got home, she had her dinner, and I started on meal prep for the week. She sat there watching me and then just started whining. Her whole demeanour changed and for the last 4 hours she has been so incredibly needy, wanting to cuddle and fall asleep with her chin resting in my hand rather than over in her crate like she normally does. Even when I told her it was bedtime she slumped her way down the stairs as if she was really upset about something.

The only possible thing I can think of is that she worked it out at the park that this was her ‘Sunday evening tire-out’ run and that it meant Monday is her alone day in the house, and the start of the working week where I’m out.

Anyone found something similar?

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[Help] How do I stop my American Bulldog from barking at me while playing?

Greetings r/dogs!

First time owner of an American Bulldog (Martha), and dogs in general.

Martha's currently 4 months old, and about 8kg. If there's a way I can describe her, she's a very quiet, non-aggressive dog, as far as her time inside the house has been.

My only problem with her is that whenever I decide that we're done playing (about 10 to 20 minutes) she starts barking at my feet. This scares me since we have children in the house, and they might react wrongly, causing Martha to do something unexpected of her.

Regarding play time, we usually keep her out for most of the day, except when she sleeps, or when we have no one to watch over her.

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I wore a short sleeve shirt today was told it looks like I’m self harming.

My 15 week GSD puppy has been driving me absolutely insane for the last week with her biting. In nearly every way she has been such a fantastic dog since I got her, settles at night, toilet training was a breeze and she has learnt commands easily, but I'm getting seriously frustrated and a bit depressed with her biting.

I read so much about bite inhibition before I got her and at first worked on "ow" and redirecting with toys or chew toys and she was going super well, I'd get the occasional bite which was usually towards the end of playtime and I'd put her down for a nap. The "ow" slowly stopped working so I began ignoring her and leaving the room when she'd bite and say "no bite". This has varying levels of success, it takes a few times before she stops biting.

She has now taken to attacking my legs or arms and being very vocal whenever she wants to initiate play and if I try to walk away she will get a pretty good grip on my leg or foot, making it pretty difficult to get away without picking her up, which obviously won't be an option soon. Also sometimes as she walks past me she will just randomly bite me and keep walking.

I just don't know what to do, she's seriously regressed on this and it's just absolute hell. I was fully prepared to own a GSD and I give her heaps of mental stimulation, take her on daily adventures and have lots of different chew toys for her but I think I underestimated the teething phase.

I know it gets better, I just don't know how I'm going to deal with this for another four months, especially if it stays at the level it's at now.

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