Why do dogs try to mate with your leg?

Many have experienced the embarrassing moment when their host male dog suddenly grabs the front legs around his leg and begins to push hard on the pelvis.

Why do these dogs start such an unpromising activity?

The answer is that when puppies are puppies they go through a period of special socialization and during that time they establish their identity. This critical period lasts from four to twelve weeks of age, and any species that shares this time closely and friendly with them becomes their species. For all pet dogs, there are always two species at this critical stage – dogs and humans. As a result, they become ‘mental hybrids’ that are strongly linked to both species. Throughout their lives they are relaxed in dog and human society. Their human family members adequately serve as adopted ‘packs’. People share their food, share their den, patrol the land together, play together, do small social work, do the necessary greetings, and generally act shamelessly in the role of dog companions.

The dog club and the human club fit in well. The relationship breaks down only where there is sex.

Fortunately, dogs have some powerful innate responses to sexual attraction, which usually serve to keep dogs pointing in the right direction. Because humans do not have the dog’s specific sexual odor, they do not normally provoke the sexual responses of male dogs who share their homes. When it comes to dogs, people are simply ‘members of their community who never have sex’.

All should be well, but sadly, for most male dogs, encountering bitches at extra high temperatures is an unusually rare occurrence in their domestic life. Even family cats develop a level of sexual frustration that begins to look attractive. At this point Randy the dog tries to fix almost anything that stays for a long time, including cats, other male dogs, cushions and human feet.

Human feet are attractive because they are easy to tie. Choosing a leg rather than the most appropriate part of anthropology is simply because of the strange, incongruous shape of humans. They are very large and tall, making the final solution the only zone that is easily accessible for sexual development.

The correct answer to a dog holding a leg is sympathy rather than anger. In fact, it was we who condemned such dogs to an unusually celibate existence. What is needed is a polite rejection of their progress, not a punishment for the anger sometimes given.

Commenting on the dog’s interest in the family cat did not mean to take a face. Some sexually frustrated dogs try to mate with cats, but this only happens when the animals in question grow up together as puppies and kittens. Close contact with young cats during the critical stages of puppy development adds cats to the ‘my species’ category of the dog’s mind.

A puppy that played with:
(A) the other puppies in its litter;
(B) Family kitten, and
(C) At the stage of socialization from four to twelve weeks, its human owners have a lifelong tripartite obligation.

There is another side to the coin to this attachment process. The absence of a species during the social period of the puppy’s development means that it is then something that should automatically be avoided. This applies even to the real species of puppy. If a small puppy is taken away from its mother before its eyes and ears are opened – say, when it is a week old – and raised in solitary confinement, it is highly attached to humans but will always be shy with other dogs. In later life. So it would be a big mistake to quickly remove a puppy from his family. In the event of a catastrophe, the mother dies and only one puppy survives, for example, it is important to try to keep other puppies or dogs around him as the puppy is being raised by hand. A company of its own kind during its critical growth period.

Even if a puppy is kept in its own dog family and kept completely away from humans until it is more than twelve weeks old, it will never become tame and friendly with humans in later life. Puppies raised on a research farm that had no close contact with humans until they were fourteen weeks old were like productive animals.

The idea that the domestic dog is in some way a ‘genetically tamed’ animal is therefore not true. The suggestion that wolves are more ‘barbaric’ and untamed than dogs is also wrong. A wolf cub taken at a young age of development becomes a remarkably friendly companion, and when many people see it being taken for a walk on collars and lead, they will think it is just another big dog. In fact, at one point a tame adult wolf was taken from England to Queen Elizabeth and registered as an Alsatian without comment. It was given a walk around the deck every day and was happily petted by passengers and crew who would have been terrified if they had known its true identity.

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