Dog Humping – Why Dogs Mount Objects

Why Dogs Mount Objects, and What to Do About Dog Humping

 

Dog Humping

Sure, the thought of your dog humping can be pretty funny. In actuality, it can range from embarrassing all the way to upsetting to some people, and can even cause fights among dogs. In the end, it’s all innocent, right? What does it really mean?

 

Dog humping is a sexual act, yes, often done for reproductive reasons (I suppose that is why many people think it is silly). In reality, dog humping bears other meanings, deeper than simple reproduction. Have you ever seen female dogs mount other animals? How about puppies?

My Story

Of course my little male dog Loki would do this, and it certainly became a problem. You may think it is funny, but this can potentially be dangerous if unchecked.

 

But how in the world can humping prove dangerous, you ask? Well, a few years ago, Loki began his humping motions on a Black Lab. The Labrador didn’t much seem to care, but another dog did take issue with it, and promptly took a nice chunk out of Loki’s ear.

 

Don’t get me wrong, I love all dogs, and bear no ill will- even when I happen to pass that very same dog today. But had that ear been Loki’s face or neck…

Why This Happened

 

Why Dogs Mount Objects, and What to Do About Dog Humping

 

Dogs often mount as a means of establishing social order, as opposed to reproduction. I can only guess that that particular dog didn’t want his hierarchical position challenged.

 

Some dogs don’t appreciate being humped themselves, and may very well become aggressive; it’s best to discourage your dog from humping others.

How To Stop Dog Humping

Dog humping is an instinctual, natural behavior. That being said, the desire to reproduce will all but disappear completely when male dogs no longer produce testosterone. The hormone testosterone is produced in the animal’s testes, which are removed during a neuter. No more testosterone means no more reproduction or sexual drive.

 

However, this may not cure the problem, as dogs mount for other purposes as well- especially since females will sometimes mount also. The best way to handle this behavior is to discourage it (peacefully) at a young age. It will be much harder to stop the behavior if it is allowed to continue unchecked.

Understand the Behavior

The best way to handle a behavior is to first understand the behavior. When it comes to dog humping, it isn’t always sexual. It can be social, hierarchical, stress related; over- excitement may even drive dogs to hump. So, before simply condemning the dog for this negative behavior, try to figure out the root cause; what is stressing them out?

 

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