Stimulus conditions influencing self-enurination, genital grooming and flehmen in male goats

Edward O. Price, Valerie M. Smith, Larry S. Katz

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Abstract

The stimulus conditions which influence the frequencies of self-enurination, genital grooming and flehmen by domestic male goats (Capra hircus L.) were studied in two experiments in which the sexual arousal and performance of the subjects were varied either naturally or artificially. Sexually aroused males exhibit more frequent self-enurination, genital grooming and flehmen than sexually inactive males. In natural mating, self-enurination and genital grooming are exhibited mainly when sexual behaviors are naturally inhibited, as during the post-ejaculatory refractory period. Frequencies of self-enurination and genital grooming can be artificially increased by enhancing sexual arousal in situations that preclude physical contact with females, such as when observing other males copulate or when restrained in close proximity to a female immediately following ejaculation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)371-381
Number of pages11
JournalApplied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Animals
  • Animal Science and Zoology

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