Why Do Dogs Get Stuck Together When Breeding?

Updated on May 28, 2019

Tie Phenomenon

The tie phenomenon is a normal occurrence with mating dogs when the male dog's penis gets "stuck" inside the female dog.

After ejaculation, the male dog's penis stays inside the female vagina for 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 Why Do Dogs Get Stuck Together While Mating?

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 While Mating

  • 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. It is always best to have your vet close in case something does.
  • 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.

Once the bulbus glandis of the male starts to shrink, both dogs will gradually separate on their own.

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.

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        2 months ago

        So interesting when you try to chase the locked dogs they do run with no specific direction yelling.. Oops!

        Very much true nothing to add here but Robin you have rily cracked ma bones.. Ahaaaaa....

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        4 months ago

        Interesting, I wondered why this happened with dogs. As a child I can remember this happening on a couple of occasions with the local dogs in the playground at the bottom of our garden; this would be met with great interest and excitement by the kids in the playground, followed by one of the local mothers coming out with a bucket of water and throwing over the affected area. The dogs woul yelp like mad but would instantly separate. Now I know the real reason for locking together this seems a bit cruel but nevertheless it is what happenbed at the time.

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        10 months ago

        my dog does not lock during matind but we use hand to hold them together is it any hope for getting pregnant

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        12 months ago

        My female had fluid come out when they unattached , is that normal ?

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        13 months ago

        Does it mean that if the locking is not occur no fertilization will take place?

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        Random dog person 

        14 months ago


        No, I belive you can’t, not unless you stop the mating in which you need to separate the two dogs and try to calm the heat down. If you want to know how, look it up on google. I’m not an expert I’m just giving you what I think you should do. Other than separating the dogs until heat dies down, I don’t think there’s anything else to do

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        18 months ago

        My question was answered. I had wondered why dogs got hung after mating, so now I know.

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        19 months ago

        Give me a break! This is a dog and both are having fun. My wife whimpers like that every night and trust me, she's having a great time. Lol

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        19 months ago

        Can i do something if my male dog does not lock? we try it many times, his penis does not lock in female's vagina, what do you think we can do to our dog? thanks for the answer

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        April d. Brown 

        20 months ago

        Thank you from all of us who didn't grow up on farms. In the city, as a very young child, once followed a crowd of children responding to another kid running up and down the blocks yelling that there were 2 dogs stuck together on the next block down. I will never forget the excitement or the 2 dogs...eventually they disconnected and we all returned to our normal lives.

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        Assisted dog mating... Really? 

        2 years ago

        Assisted dog mating? They don't need help they're forcing the dogs to mate she's probably not even fertile yet smh

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        2 years ago

        I do not think the video is a recommended method for dog breeding - cruelty comes to mind. Allow the dogs to determine if it is the right time. Why show this video when viewers are most likely wanting to learn the proper way to be present for their dogs' breeding process.

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        3 years ago

        Oh shit, these horny some botched should come with directions, when was the last time you saw two dogs stuck together honestly ? Natural instinct of anybody should be to unstick the dogs if you choose to unstick use the lube for Smooth release of stuck while dogs are f*** sorry no stuck dogs on my time.

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        Darcie French 

        8 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

        Used to be a hobby breeder and a tie was always a good thing :)

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        8 years ago

        While this is a difficult subject to deal with you have done it well. *-* Blessed*-* and featured on Angel blessings for Dogs on Squidoo.


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