Dogs have aside been man’s best friends and can be sometimes annoying. This has nothing to do with their looks or breed; they just sometimes do things that can be both amusing and annoying at the same time.
How do I know this? From experience with my pet dog Jack. One of such rather amusing but annoying acts of dogs is their penchant for humping their owners.
The question that may come to your mind when your dog humps you is“what on earth is going through this dog’s mind?” for most, it may be easy to assume that it is just a case of misdirected sexual urges.
However, a deeper search will reveal something more, something you may never have even imagined.
The most unfortunate aspect of this situation is that it is not the easiest subject to talk about. Hence, whether you are a dog owner like me or you just have a particular interest in the subject matter, here is a guide that should surely answer those questions!
Why does my dog hump me and no one else?
There isn’t a simple direct answer to this question; however, you must understand that there may be a few theories that could explain this behavior. The first possibility could be that no other person creates the same level of emotional excitement as you do with your dog hence the humping. The second possibility is that he may be practicing something for the future and is fully aware that if he tries it with another human, he may get a rash reaction.
The bottom line of it all is that a dog that humps is most probably seeking attention; hence the most effective way to tackle this is to not give it.
You can dissuade your dog from this behavior by using words like “too bad!” in an unpleasant manner. While doing this, ensure he observes your displeasure.
What Could Make A Dog Want To Hump?
There are quite a several reasons why a dog may hump and they are all not mutually exclusive. A dog may choose to hump for several reasons such as the following:
1. Sexual reasons
Well, this should be the obvious reason since humping in itself is a sexually related word. Humping is simply the way dogs get into their groove.
Usually, dogs that have a rather strong sex drive especially the ones that haven’t been adjusted tend to hump a lot!
Right from infancy, dogs always have a thing for humping each other as a way of playing most times with the changing positions.
The reason why they do this is not particularly clear, however, it is believed that it could be a subconscious way of practicing for the real sex.
3. Social ordering
It is worthy of note that Humping is a way of determining a pecking order in a certain group.
Dogs may hump each other as a way of establishing some sort of dominance or as a way of testing if the other dog will submit.
4. Itchy Genitals
In isolated cases, humping May well is the dog’s way of scratching especially if it has an underlying health condition like skin allergy or urinary tract infection.
It should, however, be noted that a number of these situations can be interlinked. The simple reality is that humping can be a quite pleasurable activity which is why it is common among dogs. Also, social ordering and play are quite related.
It, therefore, suffices to say that identifying the trigger of this behavior may be more important than knowing what the reasons are.
Excess of energy is not always common during exciting and fun situations. A dog that is undergoing stress, anxiety, or nervousness may resort to humping as an outlet to relax them. It may even degenerate to becoming compulsive behavior.
It is, however, important to note that social dominance must never be confused with compulsive behavior disorders. Some dogs resort to humping when under stress or excitement. In such situations, you should seek the help of a vet.
6. Learned habits
In a situation where dogs regularly hump for whatever reasons, it is impossible he may have learned it while he was feeling anxious.
It then becomes a habit because it was never corrected. It is also possible it may have been learned from puppyhood.
7. Medical-related issues
In isolated instances, humping may be a result of a medical condition. Some of these conditions include urinary issues, skin allergies, and priapism.
What Makes Female Dogs Hump?
Generally, female dogs do not hump as much as their male counterparts, however, whenever they do, it is usually for the same reasons.
It may seem quite weird to you, but humping in a female dog is a very normal sexual activity.
They usually engage in this act as a form of foreplay, and this is done when they are in heat period and sometimes when they are not in heat.
If the female dog begins to hump due to sexual reasons, you could induce her with a view to reducing or eliminating the behavior.
However, as in the case of male dogs, female dogs could be humping due to non-sexual reasons. Chief among the reasons could be nervousness.
Can Castrate Dogs Hump?
Usually, Neutered dogs can get an erection, hence it’s not as though they completely lose their sex drive.
Aside from this, I have come to realize that there are a lot of other non-sexual-related reasons for humping. It, therefore, suffices to say that getting your dog neutered does not fix the problem.
However, having said that, spaying your dog usually affects it, it is therefore important you know that the effect may not be quickly pronounced.
If your neutered dog still humps, it may just be that his level of hormones has not lowered enough. Hence, give it some more time!
Why Does Your Dog Hump Everything?
Sometimes I look at my dog Jack and wonder if he is crazy? The dog humps on virtually everything he finds! What I have however come to realize is that this is largely dependent on the reason for the humping. For instance, if it is for sexual gratification, the dog may simply go for anything that looks right.
Furthermore, if it’s for dominance, the main target will be another dog or a human, if your dog is feeling compulsive or nervous; it may go for a blanket, toy, or any related object.
What Can You Do To Stop Your Dog From Humping?
If you are having this same issue as I had, there are a few useful and practical steps you can take to either eliminate or mitigate the effect.
The first thing you could do would be to neuter your dog, this may not be a result-guaranteed solution, but it should go a long way.
Aside from this, you should know that getting your dog spayed has its unique benefits as well.
If however, your dog continues humping after this, you may want to find out what exactly may be triggering the behavior. By so doing, you can avoid such triggers or even correct the dog.
For instance, in a situation where the dog is always humping the body parts of your visitors, you could educate it to stay whenever a visitor comes in.
You should also try as much as possible not to give the dog the attention it craves when it humps you. This is, without a doubt, the best disciplinary measure to take with the dog because dogs love attention.
One other thing I have also come to realize is that dogs are pretty comfortable with all kinds of attention, negative attention inclusive; hence, reacting angrily could reinforce its stance.
By now I am sure the answer to the question “why does my dog hump me and no one else?” must have been answered.
It is however important that you note that this is not a disease or a disorder and as such you must treat your dog like that.
What experience has taught me is that we must embrace our pets as they are. Regardless of their negative or positive behaviors, they are a unique part of our everyday lives.