Humping: dogs mount for more than sexual reasons
There’s no reason to be embarrassed, but action is required if it’s constant

Feb 11, 2021 | 2 minute read

Male and female dogs hump buddies due to sexual instinct, to play, or to command control. Call us if this has become a habit for your pet.

Is there anything more awkward than your dog humping another dog at the park? Perhaps sniffing a guest’s groin. :flushed:

But we’re here to release you from those feelings! Humping is a natural behavior for animals.
Occasional humping? Let it go.

Constant humping? Time for action!

Sexual behavior
-Fun fact: both male and female dogs can mount as a way of practicing for future endeavors. Thousands of years of instinct are at work here.
-Even spayed and neutered pets engage in humping.
-Many mammals show this behavior to varying degrees, including cats, cows, and deer.

Excitement
-Some dogs hump as normal play behavior.
-Unsocialized pups can get excited during play and might end up humping as a result.
-Meeting a new person or dog can drive a dog to mount his owner, another dog, or a nearby toy.

Social situations
-Humping might be a way to show social status or control

Tips to help your pet
-Spay or neuter your pet!
-Gently push your dog off the other pet or item, turn away, and ignore him.
-Catch your dog in the act, say “stop”, and offer him/her a reward when he/she does.
-Consult a behavioral expert: Goodheart has vetted Denver pet experts who can help.

Call us if:
-Humping has become a compulsive habit
-It’s interfering with his/her ability to play well with others.:dog2:

We are here to help you 24/7. 

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