Is your dog's humping driving you crazy? If your dog is humping more than a few times per day, especially when guests are over, then it can get annoying quick. There usually is no cause for concern if you notice your dog humping frequently, however, it can put your dog in dangerous situations if he or she gets extra rambunctious around strangers or other dogs. The last thing you want is another dog to fight your furry friend because of this irritating habit.

If you are ready to figure out how to stop the dog humping once and for all, you first need to understand the reasons why dogs hump. As mentioned, it usually is not due to a medical reason, but if you know why the dog is humping, you can choose a technique that will help when your dog gets the instinct to get personal with everything around him/her. Below, you will learn why you keep catching your dog humping as well as how to make it come to an end.

Why Is Your Dog Humping?

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While many people believe that the main reason dogs hump is dominance, this is not always the case. There are many natural explanations as to why your dog may exhibit this frisky behavior. Below are the many reasons for dog humping.

Sexual Reasons

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While this may seem like the obvious reason, it is often overlooked. Masturbation is completely normal for both male and female dogs. A lot of people do not realize that even a spayed or neutered dog will have sexual tendencies and will want to hump or masturbate from time to time. Your dog may even ejaculate when finished, despite being neutered. If the reason is sexually motivated, you may notice flirtatious body language along with it such as sticking their tail up, licking, pawing, etc.

Feeling Excited or Anxious

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One of the other big reasons your dog may be humping is due to anxiousness or feeling excited. If you notice that your dog is only humping or mounting during specific situations, such as company coming over, it is likely that your dog's behavior is due to stress or excitement. Keep your dog active throughout the day to release stress daily.

Seeking Attention

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Dogs love to have the attention on them at all times, and like many other annoying habits your pup may have, humping may be one of them. Track the time that your dog exercises, plays and has social interaction. Your dog may have picked up on that the only way he or she can grab your attention is to hump you. Keeping your pooch entertained throughout the day should help prevent the problem.

Showing Dominance

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Dogs will sometimes mount or hump in order to show status or dominance. This is most common with male dogs, but keep in mind that the other reasons listed can apply to both male and female. While your dog may have an erection, it is unlikely he will ejaculate when the humping is due to showing dominance.

Is Dog Humping a Problem?

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If your dog is humping or masturbating just a few times a day, most of the time there is not any reason to feel concerned. However, if you believe that your dog's humping has gotten in the way of their day-to-day life, it may be time to schedule an appointment with the vet. There, they can run tests to rule out any health issues and give you peace of mind.

Possible Health Issues Associated With Dog Humping

Again, usually, your dog's humping is not related to health issues. However, there are times where your dog could be humping due to something going on inside his/her body. Below are a few concerns you can bring up to your vet at your next visit if the humping doesn't subside.

  • Urinary tract infections
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Priapism (frequent and painful erections)
  • Skin allergies
  • Hypothyroidism

Look for Additional Signs

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If your dog's humping problem is related to a health concern, there are likely other signs associated with it. Look closely at your dog's skin to rule out any skin allergies they may have. Notice if your dog seems to have erections frequently, to the point that it gets in the way of living their life normally. If you have any doubt, call your vet so that you can rule out any health issues and give yourself some stress relief.

Training a Dog to Stop Humping

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Now that you have an idea of why your dog may be humping, you can find ways to make the behavior stop. If you pay attention to the moments that seem to spark this behavior, you can determine the best method for dealing with it. Below are some techniques you can use to get your dog to stop getting frisky so frequently.

Say No

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Remember, you are the alpha around your house, and what you say goes. If the frequent humping becomes an issue, be stern and say "No!" or "Stop!" loudly when it occurs. You could also clap your hands together or smack something loudly. Avoid spanking your dog as this will only evoke fear and resentment later on.

Spray With Water

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Similarly to using a command to getting your dog to stop humping, using a spray bottle can also work to make them aware of this bad behavior. It startles them enough to not only distract them but not want it to happen again. Consider keeping a spray bottle around to use when your dog is humping. For some dogs, seeing the water bottle will be enough to make them stop after enough reinforcement using it.

Distract Your Dog

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To stop your dog at the moment, use distraction techniques to deter them from their annoying habit. If they know commands such as "Sit!" and "Roll over!" you can say these when he/she is in the act to get them to stop. If your dog does not know commands, grab a toy or take him/her for a walk to change your dog's focus.

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Ignore

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Dogs love attention, especially from their owners, and will do whatever they can in order to get it. Sometimes, your dog is humping because he/she is seeking attention from you. Showing attention to this bad behavior will teach your dog that humping is the way to get you to acknowledge them. Ignoring their behavior will teach them that this is not the right way to get attention from you.

Spay/Neuter

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As Bob Barker would say, spay and neuter your pets. Not only will this help control population, but could keep your dog from humping so frequently. This doesn't always do the trick; however, especially in male dogs, it can be a solution.

Exercise

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If your dog spends a lot of time lying around, he/she may just need more playtime or exercise. Regular exercise will help release pent-up stress, energy, and the desire to hump. If your dog seems to be humping due to stress, adding in exercise and play time on a regular basis should diminish the humping.  

Avoid Certain Situations

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Pay attention to when your dog tends to hump. Is it when you take him/her to the dog park and is around other dogs? Does it seem to happen anytime you have company over? If this is the case, do your best to avoid situations that seem to trigger your dog's humping. If you cannot avoid the situation, use one of the other methods listed.

Obedience School

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Reaching out to a professional trainer can help you to determine the root of your dog's humping. Sign your pup up for doggie boot camp or obedience school if you want to leave this one to the experts.

Schedule a Vet Appointment

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If all else fails, it never hurts to reach out to your vet. While most of the time humping is completely normal, it could be a sign of health issues such as a urinary tract infection or hypothyroidism. Even if there is nothing wrong medically, your vet may be able to ask you questions to determine the root of the problem and help you create a plan to make it stop.

Conclusion

While dog humping may not be a medical concern or mean that there is anything abnormal with your dog, it could put your pup in a dangerous situation. If your dog happens to hump a dog that is aggressive, it could result in a fight. Dog humping is a normal, albeit annoying habit that many dogs have. There are many explanations as to why your dog is humping, such as sexual reasons, feeling excited or anxious, wanting your attention, or showing dominance.

If your dog is humping so much that it gets in the way of his/her life, then there may be a medical concern associated with it. There are many methods you can use to keep your dog from humping everything in sight, such as distraction techniques, plenty of exercises, and simply avoiding situations that seem to spark the behavior. When in doubt, it is always a good idea to contact your vet to rule out any health complications.

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