What Do You Do When Dogs Get Stuck During Mating?

By Simon Green

Did you know that dogs will naturally get stuck together during mating? If you're unfamiliar with this concept, you might be surprised or even alarmed the first time this happens — but don't worry, this process is natural and part of the process. Whether you're interested in becoming a dog breeder or just wanting to look out for your pets in their mating season, as long as you keep an eye on your dogs, you can make sure that the mating process is a healthy one.

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Are your dogs ready for mating season? Here's what you need to know.
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Two beagles stuck together while mating
Stuck together? Don't try to force them apart!
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If you are breeding dogs, or simply have a dog that has not been spayed, you should know the basics of the mating process. According to the American Kennel Club, male dogs between the ages are in their prime for mating, although sperm is produced from about 4 months of age. During these ages, and up to about age 10, it is vital to keep an eye on your dogs if they approach females in heat. Female dogs can go into heat as young as six months of age, but the American Kennel Club advises letting them mature until their second season.

Whether you're looking to breed your dogs or just happened upon your dog in a rendezvous, you should know what to do when they get stuck, or tied together.

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If you keep a careful eye on your dogs during the mating process, you can make sure they are healthy and comfortable.
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Dog Mating Process

The initial process for canines mating involves the male mounting the female from behind. After a short time, the male will move his hind legs over the female's back so they are now bottom to bottom facing away from each other. According to the Dog Breed Info Center, this normal mating behavior. Don't worry, even if it looks usual to you, it's completely natural for the dogs!

Getting Stuck

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One of the ways dogs will mate is this bottom to bottom position where they are facing away from each other.
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Initially, the male dog's penis is not erect when entering the female and instead swellsinside her, after releasing sperm. The American Kennel Club and other breeding professionals call this process a "tie," when the bulbus glandis, a section of the penis, swells after the pelvic thrusts. when This process can last anywhere from two minutes to thirty minutes, resulting in the two dogs getting "stuck" together.

What To Do

The most important thing to do is to keep the female calm, especially if she has never breed before. This process can be painful for the female and so she will squirm around and throw the male dog about, which is painful for the male. This needs to be avoided at all costs as both dogs can get injured, so it is best to stay them and comfort the female.

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You can comfort your dog by making calming noises or by petting her
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Separation

Under no circumstances should you try and separate the dogs. This is a perfectly natural process and needs to be allowed to continue in the normal way. The most important thing is not to panic. You can comfort the female by petting her or speaking to her in a calm, reassuring voice. They will separate by themselves and the more experience the female has in breeding, the less distressed she will be. The American Kennel Club recommends that the responsible breeding practice is to wait for them to separate naturally.