Reasons Why Your Dog Is Humping People

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Wednesday is hump day, but if you’re a rowdy dog, every day is hump day. If you’re a pet owner, chances are you have seen one dog embarrass their owner by mounting another dog or a stranger. Maybe you’ve been that embarrassed owner ashamed of your dog’s humping. Although it’s hilarious, it is highly inappropriate but the reasons behind may not always be a devious as they seem.

 

They’re playing

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) states that mounting is one of many play behaviors. Dogs who mate for play purposes do not get erections or eject semen. Both male and female dogs can be mounters, and it can be a sign of them needing training or socialization. Mounting could also be a sign of overstimulation for whatever reason social or not. Humping is a behavior that should be fixed no matter what the intention behind it.

 

They’re being dominant

Despite mounting having a direct association with sex, it is not always done out of arousal. The American Kennel Club (AKC) states that dogs mount as an act of dominance, which is why dogs mount beings of all species. Mounting is poor behavior, but sometimes it could be a sign of a problem unrelated to your dog’s level of training.

 

Medical conditions

Sometimes a humpy jumpy dog may need to see a vet. UC Davis says that mounting may be a way for dogs to relieve symptoms of medical issues such as itching or urinary problems. If a male dog has not been spayed, he may thrust if one of his testicles hasn’t dropped. An uncommon root for mounting in female dogs is still having ovaries after they’ve been spayed. Not all humping requires medical attention; some may require just the owner’s attention.

 

They just want your attention

This is not the best way to get attention, but mounting usually gets some kind of reaction. Although the reaction is negative, some dogs mount for any and all sorts of attention. This may mean that the owner may need to spend more time with the dog. If they spend a good amount of time with the mounting dog, then it’s a matter of training or needing exercise. Michelson Found Animals states that mounting for attention is especially common in female dogs.

 

Can I stop the behavior?

The Blue Ridge Humane Society suggests that owners should try and prevent the behavior by keeping their dog on a leash. When the owner can not be around the dog, it is best to keep the dog away from other dogs or people by putting up gates and other barriers. Some dogs display certain mannerisms before they mount, and when that happens, distract them by calling them, providing a toy, or taking him to a space where he can relax.

Dogs are beautiful creatures, but their behavior isn’t always beautiful. However, the intentions behind they’re not-so-great actions may not be ugly. No matter what your dog’s reason for mounting is, there are ways to correct and prevent it.

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