Dog Humping

How to Stop Your Dog From Humping

Humping or mounting is what male dogs do when they mate. However, dogs don’t only hump or mount for mating, and they don’t only hump other dogs. They can also hump stuffed toys, furniture, other animals, and people. Female dogs can also hump, though less frequently than males.

Why do dogs hump
Apart from actual mating, dogs still find plenty of reasons to mount. Some include:

  • Medical problems
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  • Significant anxiety
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  • Being overly excited
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  • Compulsive disorders
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  • Establishing dominance
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  • Bored and seeking attention

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Stopping a dog from humping
Humping is normal for puppies, but if the habit is not broken, it will become more challenging to break in adulthood. Here are some tips to break the behavior:

  • Spay or neuter your dog.
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  • Enroll in obedience training classes.
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  • Spray your dog with a spritz of water.
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  • Ignore him and leave the room suddenly.
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  • Go for a walk to release pent up stress or energy.
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  • Refocus and distract your dog with his favorite toys.
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  • Seek advice from your vet if nothing stops the behavior.
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  • A firm command to make him aware the behavior is inappropriate.

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Medical issues
Possible medical conditions include priapism, urinary tract infections, skin and other sorts of allergies, and urinary incontinence. If you suspect a medical condition is the cause of the behavior, it's important that you get it diagnosed and treated..

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Treatments
When humping is unquestionably a result of stress, canine anti-anxiety medication might be sufficient to stop the humping and enhance your dog's overall physical and mental health. Medications should only be used as a last resort, and even then, only under severe circumstances. There are also natural canine anti-anxiety supplements you can give your dog, but always ask your vet before adding something to your dog's diet to confirm that it is safe for him.

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