Why Do Dogs Get Stuck Together When Breeding?
The tie phenomenon is a normal occurrence with mating dogs when the male dog's penis appears to be stuck inside the female dog. After ejaculation, the male dog's penis stays inside the female vagina for about 15-30 minutes. During this time the dogs may whine and look distressed but the truth is, this is normal, and there's no need to worry.
But how and why does it happen?
When the male's penis penetrates the bitch's organ, the bulbus glandis, located at the head of the penis, starts to swell and enlarge. The vagina's narrow passage makes it impossible for the male to withdraw his organ. This normally lasts 15-20 minutes but can last for as long as 30 minutes. During this time, the male organ is ejaculating seminal fluid which will then impregnate the bitch.
Once the bulbus glandis of the male starts to shrink, both dogs will gradually separate on their own.
What to Do if Dogs Get Stuck Together
For a novice owner, being anxious about the condition of his dog is normal but never try to separate the dogs, since both dogs will get hurt if you do so. Remember that both dogs will separate on their own, without any intervention.
You may notice your dog squirming or whimpering in pain but this is normal. Although you may feel helpless not being able to do something, it is okay as they will get hurt even more if you try to separate them.
If you are breeding dogs, full supervision is recommended because anything can happen between the dogs. It is always best to have your vet close in case something happens. If you are not breeding dogs and do not want your dog to breed, you still should not try to separate the dogs, as it's too late now and you'll just injure the dogs.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.