Dog Humping: Is your dog a perpetrator or victim?

Dog humping

When you’re afraid to take your dogs walking because they may hump other dogs or be singled out for mounting practice it’s time to take action.

Dog humping, where a dog mounts another dog, can be amusing to passers-by. But for dog owners, the issue is embarrassing and for the dogs being humped it can be disturbing.

When an unneutered and unspayed dog under a year old, starts dog humping it is usually sexual in nature. Yet, in older dogs, dog humping can be a sign of dominance. It can also be a reaction to something exciting or a signal that a dog hasn’t yet been socialized. It needs to grasp what is appropriate canine behaviour.

It’s common behaviour in puppies. Indeed it can even be normal when older dogs are playing, as long as it’s not taken to extremes. Both males and females do it, even when they are neutered or spayed.

Stop your dog humping

Dogs that engage in obsessive humping are both embarrassments and safety concerns. If a dog decides to hump another dog, fights could break out.

Stopping this behaviour involves medical and behavioural approaches. Tackling the issue calls for one of three effective approaches.

Is your dog always a victim of dog humping?

It’s possible something about a dog’s behaviour arouses other dogs. This is what may be encouraging them to mount.

If a dog is appeasing and docile to other dogs, it may be worth trying building confidence exercises. These can develop body-language skills when around other dogs.
Teaching dogs behaviours that mimic more assertive body language helps. Dogs can learn to lift their head up and stand tall when other dogs approach.

Our dogs may be giving off a scent that arouses other dogs. We could try using a different kind of shampoo to see if it reduces the frequency of these encounters. Indeed, a bath before venturing out on the main walk of the day may deter unwanted advances.

Act early to deter dog humping

Whatever the cause, our job as dog owners is to always protect our dogs. If our animals stand calm and stoic while other dogs are inappropriate it may be fine to let the dogs get on with it.

But when it happens often and we become aware of signs our dog is being disturbed, it’s important to take action.
We can request the other dog owner to remove the offending dog. Whatever, it’s important we remove our dogs from harm’s way – and sooner rather than later. Taking action needs to happen before our dogs decide to react in an aggressive way.

At Cats, Dogs & Peace of Mind we have experience in tackling inappropriate behaviour. If you would like to discuss how we could look after and walk your dog please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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