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Hi Everyone! I have a question about humping. Our neutered 8 month of labradoodle has started to hump me. Only me. He tries to hump my back, my arm, my leg, anywhere he can get himself wrapped around. I have heard that this may not be a sexual thing. Does anybody have any thoughts on this issue? Any idea how to stop it?

Sometimes when he isn't humping he tries to almost grab on to me so I can't walk or get away from him. It's like a child pulling and holding onto its mother so they don't leave the room. Any comments to what thats about?
 

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That typically a sign of dominance - my Brutus used to do that to me and our trainer suggested grabbing him by the scruff of the neck and pinning him down while saying NO - that simulates what the momma dog would do if the pup had gone too far.... It worked for me and Brutus!
 

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I agree that humping is not sexual, but dominance...however, I have noticed that my females hump (each other and my male) as they are near or in their heat cycle, so I believe that it can be hormonal. Your puppy has been neutered so I don't believe this is hormonal. His behavior in other ways makes me think that he is trying to become the top dog in your household.
I am not a fan of the metod mentioned above, however...that doesn't mean it is wrong, many people use this method...but when my dogs hump each other, I simply redirect their attention to something else and they stop.
I agree, however, that you may need stronger methods since your puppy is humping you and not another dog...so I ran a quick search for humping ... and here are the articles:
http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx
I have not yet read them, but this is a good site for information so I think that the articles will be helpful.
This is a very tough problem...I hope that you are able to gain control over it.
 

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I went to the site Jac had recommended and copied this for you to read hope it helps.

Home » Dogs » Behavior » Common Behavior Problems » Humping: Is It All About Sex?


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THE CANINE BEHAVIOR SERIES
By Kathy Diamond Davis
Author and Trainer



Humping: Is It All About Sex?


Why do dogs hump? Dogs humping humans may amuse other humans, but rarely the human who's being humped. Some dogs will hump a toy or sofa cushion incessantly. We accept dogs humping other dogs in the act of mating, but in other situations it can create problems. What does all this humping mean, and what can we do about it?

Early Days

Puppyhood socialization to another dog of the opposite sex can help a dog orient sexual behavior for adulthood. Whether you're going to breed the dog or not, it helps for the dog to develop the concept that sexuality is toward other dogs, not humans or pillows.

Much of the humping you'll see among puppies as well as among adult dogs is play. Some of it expresses dominance, but that's not always the case.

If a dog persists in humping another dog in a social situation, distracting the dog who's doing the humping into another activity is a good idea. For one thing, it's best that a dog not get obsessed with humping. Besides the potential annoyance to others, it can even result in physical irritation. When you consistently interrupt the humping, you prevent it from becoming a strong habit in the dog.

Secondly, being humped can become oppressive to the dog who is the target, so that's another reason to interrupt. This is a common complaint in situations where dogs get together to play, such as dog parks. Just distract the humping dog, without punishment of any kind.

Physical Issues

Irritation or itching in the genital area can cause both male and female dogs to hump in response to the physical sensation. Be alert to this possibility, and of course have your veterinarian prescribe treatment to correct any underlying condition.

When a female dog is in heat, she, other females, and of course the males around her may turn into humping fools. Of course, this would be sexual arousal. The excitement of the situation can lead to fighting, as well as the strong possibility of an accidental pregnancy. Female dogs in heat need to be kept under top security!

Effects of Neutering

Behaviors can start for physical reasons and then continue because they have become habits. Humping is a prime example. Perhaps initially the dog derived pleasure from it, or simply was allowed to do it for prolonged periods with another dog, a human or an object.

When a male dog is neutered, a female spayed, or a medical condition irritating the genital area corrected, an established humping behavior may continue because it was allowed to become a habit. For this reason, neutering a male dog is not a sure cure for humping people's legs any more than it's a foolproof method of stopping urine marking in the house after that has become a habit.

Neutering does reduce the physical pressure on the dog, and can make your task easier when changing habits through behavioral means. It's important to stress, though, that intact male dogs need not go around humping everything in sight, either. The same simple distraction into another activity that works for neutered males also works for those who are not neutered.

Alternatives

Correcting a dog in a harsh manner for humping is not necessary and can create problems worse than the humping. Work with the dog to develop several behaviors the dog will perform on cue, such as sit, down, come, fetch, go to a spot and settle calmly, go find a toy to chew, and any trick the dog enjoys doing for a reward.

The list of alternative behaviors can be endless. Vary which behavior you cue as a distraction from humping. This keeps your intervention interesting for the dog, and helps avoid encouraging new obsessions.

Date Published: 8/11/2003 9:17:00 AM
Date Revised: 10/02/2003
 

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my 2 year old girls take turns at humping - is that normal? milly growls when she does it!! but leyla tries and its as if she doesnt know what to do once she starts!!!

i presume it is a dominance thing and distract them with toys to keep their attention- is this right?
 

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Yes, I think that you are handling it correctly...you can almost always distract them from the activity and when you don't make a big deal out of it, neither do they.
If you get all excited and over react, they may learn that it is a good way to get attention...
Our girls hump each other too...sometimes we have a conga line in our house...but since we are breeders, we don't want them to feel like that is a bad thing to do...we just rediret their attention. It really isn't a problem. (It happens more when heat cycles are going on.)
 

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LOL

conga line - that must be hilariious!! surely they cant be in heat again - was only a couple of months ago!! is it twice/three time a year?

they seem to hump all the time since they were 3 months old they were doing it.

we havent got them neutered yet as i am still thinking about breeding them (however am scared i will get too attached too the babies ) !!
 

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Oh, believe me...you WILL! I cry every time a puppy leaves me...even though I know that they are going to great and loving homes...I know that they are leaving ME!! I have 3 going this weekend and I am very depressed...I know that they will be happy, but I still will miss them.
It is a tough business, really it is! (A great one too...having and loving puppies is the best!)
 

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Thanks for the article. I guess it must be a dominance thing since I doubt he would ever try that with my husband. Our dog is always trying to make his place 2nd in this house and me 3rd. Dunkin pretty much gets that my husband is top dog! Thanks for the info! I'l have to try some of the suggested ways to distract or refocus him.
 
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