Spike Got Booted Out of Doggy Day Care - Twice - For Excessive Humping

20150511_190658-1Yes, it's true. I hang my head in shame because our two-year-old English Bulldog, Spike, has been asked to leave doggie day care not once, but twice. Seems he has this nasty habit of humping every dog in sight. I even learned that he air-humped the fence after he'd been removed from the pen with other dogs. Apparently, he just couldn't calm down.

Now I know what you're thinking. Get that dog some training. Yes, well that's easier said than done. My husband is so proud of his masculine canine. He thinks the humping is proof that Spike is a "real" dog and not some fluffy show dog. But I know there's more to Spike's problems than testosterone. He's been neutered, but that hasn't helped. Nothing changed after his surgery.

According to our vet, Dr. Michael Flagherty, of Elk Grove Veterinary Clinic, Spike is showing dominance. His humping is not sexual, but authoritative. The news gave me some relief that at least I didn't have a hyper-sexual beast on my hands. No, I simply have a very stubborn, very normal-for-his-breed, bulldog. The saying, "stubborn as a bulldog" doesn't come out of nowhere.

Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer of TV fame, once said that his biggest challenge wasn't training rottweilers, or pit bulls, or German shepherds. His biggest training challenge was the bulldog. If Cesar has concerns controlling the breed, what chance do I have of getting Spike to stop humping?

I'm not giving up. Spike loves interacting with other dogs. At day care, he was confined to pens where the other dogs couldn't get away from him. Spike does better at the dog park where he can chase other dogs. And yes, hump them, but at least they have room to run away from him. And besides, bulldogs get tired very fast.

It's that cute pushed-in face that we all love about the breed. But that same adorable face causes breathing problems, and Spike is no exception. He'll chase after other dogs in the park, but he rarely catches them. He tires quickly and then just sits and watches the other dogs play. He gets fresh air, stimulation, and I get to bring home a very pooped-out pooch who will spend the rest of the day snoring on the floor.

Doggie day care may be out, but Spike is still in need of activity. So I guess it's up to me and Tom to walk him, run him at the dog park, and just accept him for what he is. Our dog.

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