Why do dogs get stuck together during mating? (10 Dog Penis Behaviour)

Why do dogs get stuck together during mating? (10 Dog Penis Behaviour)

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Last Updated on May 11, 2021 by Dogs Vets

Why do dogs get stuck together during the mating?


Why do dogs get stuck during the mating session? Dogs get stuck during mating because of an active “clutch bond” process.

Male dogs have an organ called the bulbus glandis, which is responsible for keeping them bonded to the female. The bulbul gland basically keeps the seminal fluid inside the female dog.

Living with dogs means ignoring their somewhat gross behaviors. Whether its dogs sniffing other dogs’ butts or eating trash, it’s all part of canine parenting.

A male dog, however, has some incredibly embarrassing behaviour, especially in polite company. It’s the occasional appearance of the dog’s penis, or what is politely referred to as a male dog’s “lipstick” or “red rocket.”

There’s nothing like having friends and family, and everyone stops talking mid-sentence because a dog’s penis has appeared. Believe me, I know. My forest of German Shepherd dogs is well known for this.

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So what happens with a male dog penis showing up?

Why does my dog’s penis always appear at inappropriate times? And why is your dog fascinated by other dogs’ private parts? Let’s start answering some of your questions about the dog penis.

Why do dogs get stuck during the mating session? Dogs get stuck during mating because of an active “clutch bond” process. Male dogs have an organ called the bulbus glandis, which is responsible for keeping them bonded to the female. The bulbul gland basically keeps the seminal fluid inside the female dog.

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How long are dogs stuck together during mating?

two to 30 minutes

A tie is a natural phenomenon for dog breeding where the bulbus glandis of the male’s penis swells inside the female’s vagina. The dogs are practically locked together for 15-20 minutes (two to 30 minutes is also normal), during which time ejaculation has taken place.

How do you separate two dogs that are stuck?

It’s usually a natural process, and it takes time. But if you notice that the dogs are tied up for too long and that it’s really too painful for them, stay calm and pat the female dog gently on the head. This can also help the dog to stay calm and will relax all the muscles so that the male dog can slowly separate from the female dog.

How many days does a female dog allow a male to mount her?

From what I have read online, successful dog breeders allow the male to mount the female over a 3 day period. This usually happens on days 9, 11, and 13 of the cycle. Breeders often separate the male and female once mounting has occurred to ensure a gap between matings.


Basic terminology: Why Dogs penis is also called red rocket?

Since we humans are uncomfortable pronouncing the “p” word, vulgar terms like “dog lipstick” or “red rocket” are popular replacements for the term dog penis. These terms describe a dog’s actual penis, which, for the most part, remains in the foreskin. (This is the hairy area you thought was a dog’s penis in more innocent times.)

“Red rocket” or “lipstick” is a reasonably appropriate term: a dog’s erection generally ranges from pink to red, and it also becomes rigid. Its shape is similar to the top of a rocket tip or lipstick, hence the nicknames for a dog’s penis.


Why does the dog penis come out?

You must probably or already know the answer to this, but the dog penis will usually come out if the dogs are aroused.

At least in a non-reproductive context. While veterinarian Dr. Eric Barchas explains in his article Why Do Dogs Keep Showing Us Their “Lipsticks,”? 

Arousal is a generic term for anything that excites a dog. Excitement can be something as simple as your dog getting excited about a training session, which happens with my dog, Forest.

Why does the dog penis come out

As awkward as it can be to have a dog lipstick when you’re with friends and family, it’s nothing to worry about, according to Susan Newell, owner and lead trainer at Animal Minds Behaviour and Training, Rancho Cordova, California. “The best thing you can always do at that point is to ignore it and move on,” she says.

Ignoring it is good because once the excitement wears off, a dog’s penis will slip back into the foreskin. By ignoring it at that time, you’re not accidentally rewarding or encouraging your dog’s reaction.


Other times you may see the lipstick of a male dog.

Whether neutered or not, a male dog may become erect if he mounts another dog, whether male or female, and begins humping non-stop at the other dog.

This humping behavior is usually seen as innocent in nature. “This is not for from their sexual desires. They’re not in any way trying to copulate or masturbate, ” says Dr. Atif Wardany, veterinarian and owner of Mobile Pet Hospital in Sacramento, Calif. “It usually plays behavior.”

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Typically, dogs begin humping if they are overly excited or stressed and have not learned how to they can properly channel those feelings. 

As mentioned, the behavior itself is naturally innocent, and if the other dog doesn’t like it, they will tell your dog. However, this type of behavior is embarrassing or offensive to many people, so if your dog is known for munching, train him not to munch other dogs.


Strange things the dog’s penis does

One of the other times a dog’s penis makes an appearance is if a female dog in heat allows the male dog to mount her. ( for many people, since we typically spay and neuter our dogs, we’ll never see it.) This is usually also the time when a dog’s penis will definitely do something spectacular.

“A dog’s penis has a bone, and in the center of the bone is a gland inside that swells when the male mates,” explains Dr. Wardany. “The main purpose of this bone that swells is to keep the penis inside the female.”

Once that happens, the dogs stay attached together for a short period of time until the swelling goes away. This behavior can often be referred to as a male dog “bonding” with a female.


What’s going on with dog penis discharge?

Occasionally, you may see a yellowish-greenish discharge or pus leaking from your dog’s foreskin. According to www.MyPetsDoctor.com, that discharge is a mix of cells and lubricant that protects your dog’s penis while it’s in the foreskin. You shouldn’t see this discharge that often and only in small amounts.

However, suppose you see a lot of discharge, and it’s accompanied by your dog licking his privates excessively. In that case, it could indicate a severe health problem like a urinary tract infection or canine cancer. And if blood is mixed with the dog’s penis discharge, it’s a sign to get your child to a veterinarian as soon as possible.


Can spayed dogs still remain erect?

The short answer? Yes. A neutered dog cannot impregnate a bitch, but since dog arousal is not always related to sexual situations, the infamous dog penis can and will make an unexpected appearance.


What’s up with a dog licking other dogs’ privates?

It’s bad enough that sometimes a male dog will expose his dog penis for all to see. If at all, you’re like me, and you have two dogs, with a spayed female dog, you’ll most likely have the added joy of your dog deciding it’s a great time to start licking the other dog’s privates. My sister’s family has experienced this on several occasions and felt embarrassed.

So why do dogs do it? It’s actually quite normal for male and female dogs to sniff other dogs’ butts, which sometimes involves licking. “The science is not entirely clear on what dogs get out of smelling/licking each other in the private area,” Newell says. “However, the theory is that the dog can learn about [the other dog’s] sex and whether it’s sexually receptive that way.”

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Dogs sniffing and licking each other’s private areas is a regular dog-dog interaction; however, there are always one or two dogs who seemingly overdo it and don’t put their noses or tongues away. This can lead to uncomfortable situations among pet parents, some of who may not understand what is going on.

You’ll need to talk to the other owner to determine their comfort level with what’s happening.

“Some dog owners believe that they should always let their dogs sort it out on their own. One of the dogs will tell the other dog when he’s had enough of sniffing and playful licking,” Newell says. “Other times, it’s best if you can call your dog away if he’s spending too much time with the other dog.”


Paraphimosis: Help my dog’s penis won’t come back in

As dog owners, we’re used to all the questions about gross things associated with dogs and that includes seeing the dog’s penis peeking out from under the fur. Dog erection happens. Usually you can see it when your dog is excited, nervous or just rolling for a belly rub. While an erect dog penis that peeks out occasionally is normal, a history of excessive protrusion or prolonged erections can be a red flag for a more serious problem.

What is paraphimosis in dogs? Paraphimosis is the inability for a dog to retract an erect penis into the preputial sheath, which is the skin that covers the dog’s penis. When a dog’s penis fails to retract, it can quickly become an emergency, as contraction of the blood flow will lead to greater engorgement, necrosis (death of the tissue) and potential damage to the urethra.


What causes paraphimosis in dogs?

More common causes of parafimosis in dogs can include chronic licking, sexual tension and humping, or foreign bodies getting up under the skin. However, there are more serious causes, including neurological disease (such as a herniation of a disc in the spinal cord), penile fractures or muscular problems.

Parafimosis must also be distinguished from priapism, which is a condition of continuous erection, usually due to a neurological problem.

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A diagnosis of paraphimosis is generally based on simple observation of the penis extruded from the prepuce without any physiological reason. Paraphimosis accounts for about 7% of penile problems in dogs, and although it is not common, it is uncomfortable and can cause distress in pets (and their owners) and can have more serious consequences if left untreated or if it becomes a recurring problem.


How do you treat paraphimosis in dogs?

Treatment for paraphimosis is generally conservative in nature, and many of these interventions can first be tried at home. Here’s what you can do about this condition if it is indicated in your pet. This is not for the faint of heart!


1. First, clean the exposed penis thoroughly and inspect the dog’s erection for foreign material such as grooves or long fur “stroking” the penile tissues.

2. Mix together a “sugar paste” with plain white sugar and enough water to make a thick slurry. Apply this mixture to the erect dog’s penis. The sugar acts as a hyperosmotic agent that “draws out” fluid from the tissues to reduce swelling and shrink the penis.

3. Wrap a bag of frozen peas in a light towel and place it over the area for 5 minutes at a time, which also helps reduce swelling in the tissues. Packed peas work well because they are very malleable around the dog’s anatomy.

4. Lubricant, such as K-Y gel, should then be applied. Lubrication helps to help back the penis into the sheath.

If the swelling does not disappear within 30 minutes and if the dog’s penis does not remain retracted into the prepuce despite the above interventions, immediate veterinary help is required.

Unfortunately, I have seen several cases where the penile tissue had died due to lack of blood supply, and these poor pups required a partial penile amputation – this is a true emergency in our pets.




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Why does my dog have a boner?

Dogs, like men, don’t need to be paired to get excited. Even dogs that are neutered can get an erection. Nevertheless, there are certain medical conditions, such as spinal or neurological problems, prostate problems, or unusual anatomical problems, that may cause the penis to be unable to retract to the prepuce as it should.


Why is my dog licking his private area so much?

In the dog world, a typical degree of licking is part of their regular grooming behavior. For example, sometimes, a male or female dog may lick their genital area after urinating to clean the area.

Do male dogs get sexually frustrated?

Male dogs and cats will stop roaming to find a mate because the hormonal urge to do so has been removed. Neutered animals are not sexually frustrated! Intact animals become sexually frustrated when responsible pet owners do not allow them to mate and satisfy these hormonally driven demands.

When do canine hormones kick in?

Sexual maturity in puppies usually occurs between 6 and 9 months. However, some giant dog breeds may never reach sexual maturity until they are older. However, most dogs are at least 9 to 11 months old before their growth plates close.

Why is my male dog so upset?

In addition to the usual, restless behavior in your dog may indicate specific levels of pain, health problems, or anxiety. Most people can determine if the problem is behavioral or medical. Dogs sometimes develop overly close bonds with their people, and when you leave your dog, he may become restless.

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How do male dogs behave in heat?

Male dogs may stop eating, increase their marking, become increasingly aggressive, and obsess about tracking the female dog in heat throughout the cycle.

How many days is a male dog in heat?

18 days

While the number varies by breed and the individual dog, dogs typically go into heat about twice a year or every six months. Each estrus period will most likely last about 18 days. Male dogs will be attracted to a female dog for usually the full 18 days period, but the female dog will only be receptive to males for about half of that time.

Do male dogs know when to mate?

Healthy stud dogs can remain sexually active and fertile into old age. Adult males can mate at any time.

How do you know if a dog’s mating has been successful?

Allowing a male and female to have more than one mating session over a few days will ensure a greater chance of successful mating. A positive sign of a successful mating is when the male and female readily accept each other and become “bonded.”

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