How To Get Dogs Unstuck

When it comes to getting their dogs unstuck after mating, dog owners have many questions. Is there a way to help them without causing more harm? How do you know when they’re ready to be unstuck? And what can you do to prevent this from happening in the first place?

Dogs stuck together after mating is a common problem. It can be frustrating and embarrassing for both the dog owners and the dogs themselves.

Luckily, there are a few ways to get them unstuck without causing any further harm.

That’s why we’ve put together this guide on how to get dogs unstuck – so that you can be prepared for anything. We will also provide some essential tips for preventing this from happening in the first place.

But first…

Why Do Dogs Get Stuck Together When Mating?

Dogs can get stuck together when mating for a variety of reasons.

The most common reason is that the male dog’s penis swells inside the female’s vagina during intercourse. This swelling is caused by an increase in blood flow to the area and usually lasts for about 5-25 minutes.

While the swelling is happening, the male dog’s penis is locked inside the female’s vagina. This is what causes the dogs to get stuck together.

Another common reason for this to happen is if the female dog is not properly relaxed during mating. This can happen for a variety of reasons, including if she is nervous or anxious.

If the female dog’s vagina is not relaxed, it will contract around the male dog’s penis, making it difficult for him to withdraw. This can cause the dogs to get stuck together.

What Is The Tie Phenomenon And How Does It Happen

The “tie” phenomenon is when penis and the vagina swell up and become locked together during mating.

This usually happens because of an increase in blood flow to the area, which causes the tissues to swell. It can also happen if the female dog is not properly relaxed during intercourse.

If the dogs are not separated within 5-25 minutes, the swelling will usually go down on its own and they will be able to separate.

However, if the dogs are still stuck together after the swelling has gone down, they will need to be separated by a vet or a professional dog breeder.

How To Get Dogs Unstuck After Mating – What You Need To Know

If your dogs are stuck together after mating, there are a few things you need to do. Firstly, however, it is important that you don’t panic. This is a common problem and it can be fixed. So what should you do…

Leave Them Be And Wait For Them To Separate Willingly

In most cases, the dogs will be able to separate on their own within 5-25 minutes. This is because the swelling will go down and they will be able to withdraw easily.

If you try to separate them yourself, you could cause them both pain or even injure them. So it’s best to just leave them be and wait for them to do it on their own.

Soothe Their Anxiety (Usually With Ear Scratches)

Some dogs may be anxious or scared when they’re stuck together. If this is the case, it’s important to try and soothe their anxiety.

One way to do this is by giving them ear scratches. This will help to relax them and make the situation less stressful for both of them. The less anxious they are, the easier it will be for them to separate.

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Never Separate Them Forcefully

Under no circumstances should you try to forcefully separate the dogs. This could cause them both pain and even injure them.

So if they’re still stuck together after the swelling has gone down, you’ll need to take them to a vet or a professional dog breeder who can do it for you.

How Much Time Does It Take For Dogs To Get Unstuck After Mating?

It usually takes anywhere between 5 and 25 minutes for dogs to get unstuck after mating. This process is called “tied” and is perfectly normal.

Once the male dog has released his tie, both dogs will usually walk away from each other unharmed.

What To Do When Been Stuck Together Last Over An Hour

If your dogs have been stuck together for over an hour, it’s important to seek professional help. This is because the longer they’re stuck, the greater the risk of injury or even death.

A veterinarian will be able to safely separate the dogs and assess any injuries that may have occurred.

Can The Tie Be Painful?

The tie can be painful for both dogs if they’re not separated within the allotted time. This is because the tissues will start to swell and the dogs will be unable to move. Possible injuries include:

  • Torn vulva
  • Torn penis
  • Ruptured blood vessels

If you think your dogs are stuck, it’s important to seek professional help immediately. The longer they’re stuck together, the greater the risk of injury. A veterinarian will be able to assess the situation and provide pain relief if necessary.

Does Pregnancy Always Occur When They Tie?

No, pregnancy does not always occur when dogs tie.

This is because the tie is not always successful in depositing the sperm into the female dog’s vagina.

There are a number of factors that can affect the success of the tie, including:

  • The position of the dogs
  • The size of the dogs
  • The age of the dogs
  • The health of the dogs

While there is no guarantee that pregnancy will occur when both dogs “tie”, there is a greater chance of it happening if they are both healthy and compatible.

To increase the chances of pregnancy, it’s important to have the female dog checked by a veterinarian before mating. This will ensure that she is in good health and has a strong chance of conceiving.

How To Prevent Unplanned Dogs’ Pregnancy

Sometimes, even if you’ve taken all the necessary precautions, an unplanned pregnancy can still occur. If you don’t want your dogs to have puppies, there are a few things you can do:

#1 – Spraying

The best way to prevent an unplanned pregnancy is to have your female dog spayed. This is a simple surgical procedure that involves removing the ovaries and uterus.

It’s a relatively straightforward procedure that is usually performed by a veterinarian. And it’s highly effective in preventing pregnancy.

#2 – Dog Panties

Another way to prevent pregnancy is to put your female dog in dog panties. These are special types of underwear that cover the vulva and prevent the male dog from accessing it.

Dog panties can be bought online or at most pet stores. They’re relatively inexpensive and easy to use.

#3 – Isolate Your Female Dog During Heat Cycle

If you don’t want to spay your female dog, you can isolate her during her heat cycle. This is the time when she’s most likely to get pregnant.

During this time, you should keep her away from all male dogs. This includes separating them when they’re in the same room and not taking her for walks in areas where there are other dogs.

If you need to take her out in public, make sure she’s wearing dog panties.

#4 – Contraceptive Drugs For Dogs

There are a few contraceptive drugs that can be used to prevent pregnancy in dogs. These include:


Progestin is a synthetic hormone that mimics the effects of progesterone. It’s available in injectable and oral form.

It works by preventing ovulation and therefore, pregnancy. Progestin is around 95% effective in preventing pregnancy.

GnRH Analogues

GnRH analogues are hormones that suppress the release of gonadotropin-releasing hormone. This hormone is responsible for stimulating the ovaries to release eggs.

By suppressing this hormone, GnRH analogues prevent ovulation and therefore, pregnancy. They’re available in injectable form and are around 90% effective in preventing pregnancy.

These are just a couple of the options available to prevent pregnancy in dogs. Talk to your veterinarian about which one would be best for your female dog.

#5 – Chemical Castration For Male Dogs

If you don’t want to spay your female dog, you can opt for chemical castration for your male dog. This is a process whereby the testicles are removed without surgery.

A chemical called zinc gluconate is injected into the testicles, which then shrinks them and prevents them from producing sperm.

This method is around 99.9% effective in preventing pregnancy.

#6 – Keep Your Female Dog In A Dog Crate While Fertile

Another way to prevent pregnancy is to keep your female dog in a dog crate when she’s fertile. This will stop her from coming into contact with any male dogs.

You can buy dog crates from most pet stores. They come in a variety of sizes, so make sure you get one that’s big enough for your female dog to move around comfortably in.


Dogs can get stuck together after they mate. This process is called “tied” and usually lasts between 5 and 25 minutes. If your dogs have been stuck for longer than an hour, it’s best to seek veterinary assistance.

The “tie” can be a very painful and stressful experience for both dogs and their owners. However, as mentioned above, there are a few things you can do to help make the experience more bearable for everyone involved.

The most important thing is to remain calm. If you’re feeling stressed, your dogs will pick up on it and become stressed themselves.

If you can’t get your dogs unstuck on your own, seek veterinary assistance. They will be able to safely separate your dogs and provide any necessary medical treatment.

What is your opinion on mating dogs? Have you ever witnessed a tie situation?

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Lovelia Horn

I’m a certified crazy dog mom, a physical therapist (for hoomans), writer, animal rescuer, and foster home provider. Together with my hubby Ryan, I’ve fostered and helped look for forever homes for over a hundred shelter dogs in the Southern Illinois area. I mostly work with Puppy Rescue 911, Inc., a certified animal rescue organization based out of Chester, IL (home of Popeye!)

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