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What to Do About Your Humping Dog

Embarrassed or worried by your dogs’ mounting behavior? Usually, humping is normal.

By
Jolanta Benal, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA,
Episode #033
What to Do About Your Humping Dog

Sexual humping and anxious humping can make people uncomfortable. Of course, if your dog is anxious, it’s a kindness to alleviate that anxiety even if you don’t mind him clasping leg. Also, a dog who routinely expresses social anxiety by humping fellow canines may sooner or later meet one who responds with significant aggression.

Dogs May Hump When They are Bored and Seeking Attention

With pretty much any behavior that you wish your dog wouldn’t do, consider whether he might be bored or seeking attention.

With pretty much any behavior that you wish your dog wouldn’t do, consider whether he might be bored or seeking attention. Take an honest look at how much physical exercise, mental stimulation, and social interaction your dog gets. If your bored, underexercised, lonely young dog has learned he can get your attention by humping the couch cushion every evening right after dinner, the best way to stop the humping is to give him something else to fill his time.

What Is Normal Humping and Mounting?

All that having been said, humping isn’t always abnormal. In fact, it usually isn’t. If your dog, like my Juniper, sometimes humps excitedly, laugh and let it go. If your dog flirts and humps, or is humped by, some of his or her dog friends, no worries. Occasional humping as anxiety relief is normal, and so is masturbating. There’s no real way to put this delicately, but the fact that laundry may be unpleasant for you doesn’t automatically signify that your dog has a behavior problem. If your dog humps you occasionally, your best bet is to just get up and walk away.

Compulsive Disorders and Medical Problems

So when should you worry? First, if your dog humps to the exclusion of other activities or constantly licks at or rubs her genitals, you might be looking at canine compulsive disorder or a medical problem. Allergies, for example, can make dogs itch like mad. Check out my podcast on excessive licking for more about canine compulsive disorder, and schedule a vet check ASAP.

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Jolanta Benal, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA
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