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Can using an E Ring cause your dog to become "interested" in you?

By Expert HERWriter April 16, 2009 - 11:13pm
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Hello everyone,

Today I got one of the funniest questions I've ever read since starting this website. A good friend of mine emailed me describing her situation about what happens with one of her dogs when she uses her E Ring. Please read:

"I have a serious yet comical question. If I ask a Dr, he'll say call the vet and if I call the vet he'll say call a Dr.
I inserted my E ring before I left one home for the other. I brought several of the dogs. My top winning male dog, seriously thinks I'm a bitch in season. It's really bad. I'm humped morning, noon and night.

Every phone conversation is punctuated with "get off of me", "get off my back", " one second please..."STOP HUMPING ME". If I stop moving for a second it's an open invitation for a humpathon. Most of the time I'm dragging him around while he's attached like a clingon to my leg. He's NEVER done this before. With the E ring does he think I'm in heat or something? Can you check with your experts. I hope my husband finds me this interesting when I get home. Thanks so much."

I wrote her back suggesting in a joking way that most women would kill for that kind of attention, and how I wished my husband would act like that! But all joking aside, I'm thinking there must be something about what she is suggesting with the E Ring. Her dog must be picking up on the estrogen or something and is thinking she is ready for action.

Does anyone have any ideas on this, or do we have any dog experts on board who can help her out? Thank you so much for your help, Michelle

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Michelle, thanks for the clarification too. I was not aware of E rings. But I am very familiar with dog behavior. I have four at home and just as recently as two nights ago, the seven month old female puppy started humping my son's leg. She soon learned who the alpha female was at home, ME!

Here is what I can share in this regard, humping is considered a sexual action among dogs but it can also be used to signal power and rank. Dogs employ humping as a way of asserting authority, and human legs are a favorite spot. Whether the dog is intact or fixed male and female dogs are likely to engage in this disturbing behavior. The presence of sex hormones could be facilitating the behavior but I doubt it is dictating it. Do you know the age of your friend's dog? It sounds from your posting that it is a show dog therefore not neutered. This stud may be sensing the estrogen but he may actually be threaten by the energy generated by the effect of the hormone on your friend. There are mental aspects to dog's behavior like a conquest afforded by humping which might boost serotonin levels to remain the dominant in the pack. Dogs see humans as part of the pack, they respond to pack behaviors of hunting together, sleeping close by, and ultimately following the leader of the pack. Interesting story!

April 17, 2009 - 10:38pm
Expert HERWriter

Hi susanc!

I'm sorry about that--I should have clarified what an E Ring is. Yes, E stands for estrogen. It's a flexible ring that women insert into the vagina and it delivers a small amount of estrogen. It also helps to support the bladder, especially after a hysterectomy.

So my friend has a small dose of estrogen in her vagina now and it sounds like her dog is picking up on it and getting really excited!

Thanks susanc for your help with this! Have a good night, Michelle

April 17, 2009 - 9:40pm
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