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December 2021

Help, my dog loves to hump!

Q: How do I stop my dog from mounting?

A: Although mounting is a normal behaviour in dogs, it can be really frustrating & not to mention embarrassing if your dog frequently mounts you, other people, pets, toys or the furniture!

So, it’s completely understandable that you may want to stop your dog from doing this. To be able to reduce the behaviour, it’s essential to recognise what might be causing the humping.

In some cases, it may be testosterone related. However, it also allows an opportunity for energy release & for coping with emotions when your dog is playing, getting over excited, feeling stressed, or feeling conflicted. It might be that your dog is trying to find comfort in a situation. That’s why female dogs and neutered males sometimes hump.

In some cases, excessive humping & mounting could also indicate a health condition.

What can be done to stop your dog from mounting

Firstly, consider seeking professional support to help you identify the most likely reason for the behaviour. Then, the behaviour can be addressed with the best chance of success in reducing it!

Seek veterinary advice if you think there may be an underlying health cause, or you notice other behaviours, such as toileting problems, or your dog licking themselves frequently.

A qualified dog behaviourist can you with the behaviour side. With behaviour support, your dog can learn to cope in ways other than mounting.

General tips to reduce it happening

Below are some general pointers, to help reduce your dog’s humping behaviour.

  • Try redirecting your dog to another activity. Encourage them to find food from a snuffle mat, puzzle feeder, or to sniff out treats from the grass.
  • A stuffed Kong can also help encourage them to settle.
  • Offering opportunities for appropriate physical & mental stimulation can prevent a build up of energy in your dog. Sniffing, digging & chewing are natural canine behaviours & are great activities to encourage, which will physically & mentally tire out your dog. Find an example of a scent based activity here.

To sum up, this behaviour could be a result of your dog being in an exciting, overwhelming, or stressful situation. If this is the case, try to encourage them away from the situation & towards somewhere they can calm down & relax.

Follow the advice above & if the behaviour isn’t bothering you too much, then perhaps just leave them to it.

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