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WebMD archives content after 2 years to ensure our readers can easily find the most timely content. See the latest news and features on Dogs. We kind of joke about it, but some people get really upset when she gets on their dog so I have to watch her constantly. Humping, or mounting, is a sexual position for dogs, but veterinarians who specialize in canine behavior say it often is done for other reasons as well.
David S. Debbie Sampson of Canton, Ga. Most dogs, she says, will get away from him, but when a dog submits to the behavior, it can get pretty embarrassing. Lulu came into the house addicted to humping. I try to pick her up and distract her, but that only works for a few minutes. You have to give them an alternative behavior. Give them a different toy. Play with them in an appropriate way. Neutering a male dog usually will decrease mounting problems, the veterinarians say. But in older dogs, where it has become an ingrained habit, other measures will probably be needed.
Spiegel recommends obedience training, which can make dogs calmer in situations like when visitors are at the door, or a trip to the dog park. In fact, dogs that are unsure of their place in the pack are more likely to hump to see how many dogs will accept the behavior, a move that can lead to fights with other dogs.
When trying to figure out how to stop the behavior, Landsberg says owners must first figure out what is causing the behavior by watching to see when it usually happens. Then give the dog an acceptable alternative behavior in those situations. Deva Joy Gouss of Atlanta saved a group of dogs from a shelter more than a decade ago, including Samme, a terrier mix.
Samme has always humped, Gouss says, a behavior that prevented her from b eing adopted. Gouss, a social worker who often holds therapy sessions at her house, says Samme has interrupted sessions with her behavior, including climbing into the lap of one patient and humping. Concerned at first, Gouss took Samme to several veterinarians to find out if she had an infection or irritation that was causing her to hump so much. But the vets found nothing wrong. So over the years Gouss has just learned to live with the behavior.
Some types of humping are easier to deal with than others, the experts say. When a dog is humping a person, the person should just get up and walk away, which teaches the dog that this is an unacceptable behavior. But when dogs hump objects, such as pillows or toys, it can be a very difficult habit to break, Spiegel says. In those cases, he recommends keeping the dogs on a strict schedule, which lessens anxietyand giving them lots of exerciseso they are too tired to get into trouble. And if all else fails, let the dog have its favorite pillow or toy once or twice a day, in private, he says.
Why Do Dogs Hump? Breaking the Humping Cycle Some types of humping are easier to deal with than others, the experts say. Continued But when dogs hump objects, such as pillows or toys, it can be a very difficult habit to break, Spiegel says. Get Fetch in your inbox Veterinarian-approved information to keep your pet healthy and happy. Healthy Dogs Healthy Cats Subscribe.
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