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DOG HUMPING - AGGRESSIVE? ANXIOUS? OR FUN?


I have often wondered WHY my LitterMates like humping so much. Watching their behaviour has led me to believe that their inappropriateness is just natural behaviour for some dogs. I recently came across two articles talking about " dog humping" that has put my mind at ease about my dogs being "dirty and perverted". I was also relieved to read that we are doing the right things to help curb the behaviour.



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Sunday, January 8, 2012
Dog Humping - How Embarassing!!

I consider myself an interactive owner at off leash dog parks. Sure I like to socialize, but my dogs are my responsibility, and I like to keep a close eye on Kratos and Taro. I am not too worried about them running off or not listening when called - they are Labradors with a keen sense of smell which often leads them to all sorts of "goodies" they could get into (fresh dead fish, and yes, as much as I don't want to admit it, sometimes even poop).

Our LitterMates were neutered at just over five (5) months of age. They barely had humping opportunities, they are not aggressive in any way - they didn't even lift their leg to pee - they still don't. This is why I had such a hard time agreeing with humping directly linked to dominance.

I read many articles and other online content that tried to convince me that this was aggressive behaviour blah blah blah.. I know my dogs very well - this behaviour isn't about dominance. Some owners at the dog parks don't seem bothered by the "humping" while others do. I certainly don't freak out when I see another dog humping mine, and at the same time, if I notice my dog(s) humping another I say "off" - if they don't listen I simply pull him off the receiving dog repeating "off". The dog receives a brief time out in which I redirect his behaviour to a few tricks he knows, then he is released again to "go play". If he does it again, he receives leash time - then released again. Usually by the second or third time the word "off" is sufficient enough to maintain a no humping environment.

I will admit that there are a few dogs that the boys may REALLY fancy. In that event we simply remove ourselves from that situation, keep walking and build on some outdoor command/trick training.

I would rather not summarize the articles, so I'll link to them directly. Both are excellent reads to remind us that our dogs are only doing what is natural to them. Hope it helps you as much as it has helped me.
Until next time!

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