How To Stop Your Dog’s Humping

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How To Stop Your Dog’s Humping

 

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Interestingly, I have had an onslaught of questions lately regarding, of all things, humping!

So, let’s talk about it!

Dog Humping is Complicated

First off, humping is kind of complicated.

It is both an instinct and a learned behavior.

Meaning, in order for our dogs to survive, they have to have the instinct to procreate.

But, it is also a learned behavior that many puppies pick up while playing with their littermates.

It is not rare to see 5 and 6 week old puppies humping one another and their toys.  This pairs that instinct along with playful and learned behaviors from when they are very young.

Often, the most dominant and self-assured puppies are the ones humping, although usually all of the puppies get involved at some point.

And, I personally like a self-assured puppy, meaning this certainly wouldn’t keep me from adopting a certain puppy (as long as there were no other warning or anger signs).

I don’t, however, want a puppy that gets overly aggressive when he humps, this is a bad sign in my opinion and will denote further struggles and aggression with training.

It is Not Socially Acceptable

The truth about humping, is that, unless you are breeding; it is socially unacceptable.dog humping, puppy training, how to stopy my dog from humping

And, I am okay that it is not socially accepted!

Dogs do a lot of things, naturally and instinctually, that are socially unacceptable to humans.

I remember, when training Service Dogs for adults and children with disabilities, having to teach our dogs that it is not acceptable to lick their private parts in public.

Who wants the dog lying next to your table licking and slurping at himself?

First Thing is First

First thing is first, I take HUMAN humping very seriously.

Humping a human, shows total lack of respect and can lead to that aggression and possession; which can lead to a bite.

I absolutely NEVER, ever allow a puppy or dog to hump any human.

I believe this is a bad indicator behavior, so I am swift and serious when I move in to correct the behavior. And, if you’d like to see how I’d do that, I made these videos.

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I want my dogs to know that there are two essential rules in my house:

  • No biting humans

  • No humping humans

No exceptions!

Both of these rules are essential to having a well behaved and respectable dog.

2 Theories

There are two theories about humping, and I can understand them both.

Give Them Something Appropriate to Hump

The first is to give them something that can be socially acceptable to hump.

When I was growing up we had a Chow Chow, and SHE loved to hump (yes females hump too).

By giving her, her own large stuffed animal she stopped humping us and our friends.

She also stopped pulling blankets off of the sofa to hump.

We realized it was an instinct and gave her an outlet for her instinct and behavior and that kept her from inappropriate humping.

If, she would try to hump something she was not supposed to, we would give her, her toy.

Teach Them Not to Hump

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Now that I am a bit older, and a dog trainer by trade, I suppose this is the solution I prefer.

Some people don’t care if their dog humps their bed or a large toy; and some of us just don’t want to watch our dogs’ hump anything.

Again, I think this is an acceptable human reaction.

What is not an acceptable human reaction?

Assuming my dog KNOWS not to hump things because I find it offensive.

He is another species, my social standards have nothing to do with his behaviors.

Just like jumping on people is not socially acceptable and needs to be taught and reinforced, so does not humping!

If my dog starts to hump something, I am going to give him an incompatible behavior.

You can’t hump and lie on your bed, so if you grab something to hump, I will command you to lie down or even sit.

This Requires Obedience

Yes, yes, this requires training your puppy and effort.

Nothing is really simple to fix without it!

So once your dog learns to lie down on command and he grabs something to hump, you can give him the command.

At first, it is pretty normal to have to move in take the toy or object and enforce the command.

With consistency, your dog will learn to stop humping on command!

 

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There are 2 Comments

  1. findley says:

    my male dog, 7 years old likes to hump all the dogs at the dog park,it’s all he wants to do when we get there. he does not hump at any other time or with our other dog. he will not pay attention to me at the park when he’s playing with the dogs..all the dogs are waging their tails and seem not to be bothered by him(corgi/sheltie mix) but owners were upset with me and my dog and we had to leave..could I use a spritz bottle to spray him and distract him??what could work

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    Minette Reply:

    perhaps if he doesn’t have good social skills at the dog park you should keep him on leash so that you can prevent humping or he shouldn’t be allowed at the dog park. .. it doesn’t seem he is using it for play anyway.

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