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Old 06-24-2008, 08:44 AM   #1
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Please someone explain to me why my female dog does this!!!
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Old 06-24-2008, 08:53 AM   #2
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Just to add, I filmed it as evidence of the behaviour, I do tell her off now, is this the right thing to do?
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I used to meet a lady in the park with an unspayed female lab that used to do that to Indy
She was submissive so it didn't seem like dominance, just hormones.

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A lot of people think humping is just wanting to mate . But its not. Dogs hump as a sign of Affection as well, Its a way of showing someone or something that you really like them. Your girl really likes the ball, no need to tell her off an less you don't like it
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Old 06-24-2008, 09:53 AM   #5
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Hmm...it's so tricky! I've had completely differing advice on how to deal with it. If she was a male I guess it would be more likely to be dominance, but she's very submissive and the humping is confined to the ball, or our furniture. I caught her humping the futon...she also pulls cushions off the bed or sofa, piles them up and humps them too. She'll stop if I say 'NO'.

I'm totally baffled, I'm thinking its related to hormones. The first time this behaviour showed she was in season, that was late feb and the season ended in March....so I wasn't expecting another season yet. She was actually going in to get spayed so I can't risk that now.

I just pulled out a huge clump of undercoat which is a sign of a coming season in her breed I believe

She's so embarrassing! lol

I like the idea that it is affection, that makes it seem much less sordid!
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I never bought the theory that humping has to do with dominance. From what I've seen it's hard-wired sexual behavior - only it is misdirected. If Simba only does it to your funrniture it's up to you if you want to live with it. It's when they start doing it to other dogs that there is potential for problems. Some dogs don't mind it, others even like, it but there is the occasional dog who REALLY doesn't like it and who will respond by fighting.
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Mel - I think you are right - I'd go with affection. And those gym balls really are nice! Can you do sit-ups on it? LOL

She's a beautiful girl Mel - I think that a lot of dogs are having really heavy moults right now - even Jake's been shedding some hair (just cut him). So it might not necessarily be a season.

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I don't see how this could be in any way related to sexual behavior or hormones in a female.

Humping isn't even a part of the breeding process for females. Their role is completely passive once penetration has occurred. During the courtship dance, even when the bitch is fully receptive, she doesn't attempt to mount the male, much less do any humping.

I don't think it's always dominance either. IMO it's just something some female dogs do.

Humans are the ones that place sexual connotations on the behavior because it resembles a males behavior during attempts at breeding.

In real breeding situations, even an experienced stud dog doesn't hump endlessly. They'll make attempts, if unsuccessful they back off, rest awhile then try again.

IMO a dog that is constantly humping something is doing it for a completely different reason than either dominance or sex. Humans just haven't figured it out yet.
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My Eskimo is also very submissive. She tends to hump things (pillows or large stuffed animals) when stressed. I think it's a bit of a stress reliever of some sort.

As for correcting, you can do so if it bothers you. I don't like Laika to hump things because she also chews holes in my pillows at the same time. And it's just a behavior I don't care for. I correct her verbally for it.
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Oh, I thought you were teaching her Pilates. Clever dog

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