You and your furry best friend are enjoying yourselves at a dog run, with everything in oblivion. Your furry buddy is romping around amid peals of laughter.
You turn around and a horrific scene greets you. The peals of laughter stop as suddenly as they begin. An embarrassed blush replaces them.
Another dog is on top of your fur buddy. You shy away from the unpleasant sight.
Humping may seem quirky, but can lead to a host of unforseen problems. Owners have a vested interest in putting a stop to it.
Before they can do so, they must have a better understanding of its causes and consequences. That said, they can stop it in a few, unexpected ways.
Why dogs hump
Humping is a dog’s way of expressing his sexuality, but there are surprising reasons for it as well.
The action is normal play behavior in young dogs. When a group of dogs plays, they mount each other to show their interest to play.
Young dogs may hump objects to show their excitement. He may do so at the prospect of an inviting car ride, or food.
Some dogs hump because of nervousness. They may not know how to respond to unxpected circumstances. For others, it is a way to relieve stress.
For many dogs, it is power play. One mounts another to express his dominance.
Ways to stop humping
No matter what the reasons for your pet’s humping are, there are novel ways to stop it.
If your dog humps because he is bored, find out if you have exercised it enough. His humping signals you to make more effort to take him for walks, and bond with him.
Should your dog hump every visitor he meets, it is a clear sign that social situations overwhelm him. Put your dog in his crate when people visit.
Occasional humping is not alarming, but you would worry if your dog licks his genital area as well. He may suffer from allergies or skin infections. Find out about compuslive medical disorders from your vet.
Give your dog a little discipline if he shows dominance. If your dog constantly gets into your space or humps his toys when you try to grab them, he is being terratorial. Encourage good behaviour by rewarding him when he shows it. Seek the help of a reward-based trainer.
Help your dog to put an end to his annoying humping habits.