This took place a few minutes ago and I captured the scene on my cell phone.
Ok, in the midst of all the atrocities done to animals being a huge part of the media topics of late, I wanted to show some of our four legged friends some love. There is nothing more loving than the show of a mating hump...hahahahaha(just joking)
I'm sure that at first glance, this is just some normal looking scene that you would find on any given street, at any given time...yet this story that goes a lil farther than normal behavior.
I'd like to put a spin on this just for a sec and address "Learned Behavior" patterns. It hit me like a ton of bricks how learned behavior patterns can confuse genetic code behavior. Why is that you may say? Well, I'm glad you asked. Here's why...the dog on the top is a female and the dog getting humped is a male. Now this scene takes place in my backyard and I must say that it is quite startling because I know the sexes of the dogs.
I got to thinking that since the bigger dog(Toshi) is only a little more than two years old and the smaller dog(Milo) is about 9 years old, the alpha male behavior taught to the female must have confused her. She has been humped on by the boy dog on more than a few occasions and so in a form of dominant aggression fashion she is trying to punk my boy, Milo. Each time I see her trying to break him off a piece of who knows what, I rush to pull her off of him. Did my inherited dogs watch old "superfriends" cartoons and decide to act out a scene between Superman and Bizarro?....orrrrrrrr...did Milo mistakenly teach Toshi that humping is a way to exert authority or dominance over her sibling. It is something to think about as a parent indeed.
To sum all of this up, I'd caution everyone to be very careful what they teach their children and other people around them. We have the ability to deprogram even the basic codes.
Remember that we are teaching something at all times. Either we are teaching how to do something right or wrong...but we are always teaching because someone is always watching whether we know it or not.
This is my public service announcement.