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Dog Breeding and Mating

How does a dog have intercourse?

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January 08, 2010 2:43PM

Intercourse in dogs is in the control of the female. She signals the male she is ready to accept him by posing and flicking her tail in a sideways manner. An experienced female (this doesn't always happen with first timers) will allow the male to mount her, then she will clamp and hold on to him for anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes. This is called a "knot" and you must not try and separate the dogs... it will injure both. When she is finished with him, she will release him. Both will be swollen, do much licking, and then they are fine (and she is most likely pregnant)

Male humping is not always a sign of intercourse, but of dominance, because if the female does not allow him access, he is only on her back.