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Are You Embarrassed By Your Puppy Humping?

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Having your new puppy humping your visitor’s leg can be on top of the embarrassment list. Not only will you be embarrassed but so will your guest.

So why do our puppies do it and how can we stop it? Most of the puppy humping that goes on between pups is play. It can also be your puppy showing its dominance and or natural sexual behavior. Some puppies do become quite focused and some what obsessed with humping.

Obviously this is something you want your friend to avoid. Not purely due to the embarrassment from humping a human and the irritation it can physically cause, but your dog humping another dog can result in the dog that is being humped feeling threatened and can react aggressively.

As far as eliminating this behavior it is important not to punish your pup but rather to distract them when they start humping. Find their favorite toy and get their attention and by consistently interrupting this behavior it is less likely to become a habit. The last thing you want to do is praise the behavior.

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The first and second time your puppy does this might be cute and funny but when you have a fully grown 30kg dog attached to your guest’s leg, we think you might look at the situation a bit differently.

If your female dog is in heat, you will find that many dogs that come into contact with her will be constantly attempting to hump her.

This is of course a sexual issue. Not only can this lead to unwanted pregnancies but also dog aggression. The best thing to do in this situation is to keep your female away from other dogs during this time.

It is commonly said that neutering dogs will stop this behavior and in some cases this is true. But unfortunately it is not a guarantee as your puppy's behavior may have been allowed to become a habit which is something the neutering procedure cannot undo. In saying that, your castrated male will be easier to rid of this habit compared with an entire male dog.

In some cases your pooch may have an irritation or rash in its genital area and the stimulation of puppy humping your leg is relieving some of this itchiness. If you believe this is the case, contacting your Veterinary clinic would be the best option so your pup can receive treatment.

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It is important to remember not to punish your puppy for this behavior, this can lead to other behavioral issues that may be worse than puppy humping including aggression.

So remember to distract the pup with toys, commands and other games that your puppy enjoys and this same technique should be used even when your dog is grown.