It always seems like it happens at the most inopportune moment: Your grandmother is over for dinner, or your kids are hosting a neighborhood playdate. Then, out of nowhere, your normally well-behaved family pet mounts a toy or, worse yet, one of your visitors.
What makes dogs engage in this embarrassing behavior? Most pet owners have wondered at some point why dogs hump and what they can do about it. Keep reading to become an expert in this common doggy indiscretion.
Why Dogs Hump Things
While we commonly think of dog mounting and humping as a sexual behavior, it isn’t always. This is why the behavior persists in neutered males and even female pooches. The reasons why dogs hump can be multifactorial. Dogs exhibit humping behaviors due to:
What to do if Your Dog Humps Things
To a certain extent, mounting and humping behaviors are normal for dogs. If it isn’t happening often and is not causing any issues, it really isn’t necessary to interfere at all.
Likewise, if your dog normally does not display this behavior and starts to with some frequency, it may be worth bringing him or her in for a check-up. Medical problems such as urinary tract infections and allergies can cause a pet to pay more attention than normal to his or her nether regions.
If your dog’s mounting behaviors are bothersome and there is no medical problem, you may wish to try:
If you think your dog’s behavior may be compulsive, please seek our help. We can help you with behavioral suggestions. Some pets need to take medications to curb this type of behavior as well.
Humping is an embarrassing but often misunderstood behavior. Not all of it is sexual. Understanding why your dog exhibits this behavior is key to helping stop it if necessary. If you are having problems with your pet, please do not hesitate to ask us for help. We are happy to help better the relationship between you and your dog in any way possible.