How To Stop My Pet From Humping?

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How to stop my pet from humping

According to David S. Spiegel, VMD, who has a veterinary behaviour practice near Swarthmore, Pa, says in unneutered and unspayed dogs less than one year of age, Humping is generally a sexual nature. But in older dogs it can be a sign of dominance, a response to something that has excited the dog, such as visitors arriving, or a sign that a dog has not been properly socialized and does not know the right dog’s behaviour.

You can stop this embarrassing behaviour, but first, you will need to understand why they hump on each other. Then we’ll consider some tips on how to stop this bad habit. The following are reasons dog hump:

Arousal: Once the dog reaches a certain level of arousal, that energy must go somewhere. Some dogs express their joy by doing “Zomies”, where they bend their butt and sprint as fast as they can in the circles. Some bark. And some hump.

Anxiety: In most cases, anxiety can lead to arousal as we saw above, that leads to humping. Technically, dog behaviour experts describe this as “displacement” behaviour. When the dog becomes anxious, he or she may scratch, sniff, dig, or hump.

Play: Play is interesting, when dogs play, they mix up a set of behaviours in a new sequence. These behaviours have very useful roots: chasing, stalking and pouncing are helpful hunting behaviours, mouthing and wrestling are helpful fighting behaviours, and humping is a useful sexual behaviour.

Tips

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The following tips will help discourage your dog from humping:

Discourage It Early: Ensure you discourage this behaviour when it starts. You’ll be quick to make a decision. If you do not want your dog to commit to a particular behaviour, take action as quickly as possible. You will have to replace them with a different behaviour, however. Change the game and play with it in a different way and in a more convenient way.

Neutering can help: Although neutering will not automatically keep your dog from humping, it can help reduce your dog sex drive, especially when you see him humping in the presence of a female dog. You may consider spaying your female dog to reduce the frequency of humping and mounting.

Put your dog on a short leash: This usually helps when the humping becomes a manic behaviour and the dog does it every time another dog enters your home. Putting it on the leash will make it easy to control the situation.

Breaking the humping Cycle: You may have gathered the idea of how to stop the dog from humping, but there are more to it. Sometimes, you will need to take a driving seat and intervene right in the middle of the ‘humping session’. If your dog’s humps you, get up and walk away. This will give him a sign that he should quit this habit.

Keep your dog active: Everyday exercise will help a lot because it gives your dog the opportunity to release certain energy, aggression, and any desire to hump.

Updated: September 21, 2017.

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