Why do girl dogs hump?

girl dog humping Why do girl dogs hump?

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There is no demure way to put this. My petite flower Izzie is a dog that likes to hump other dogs. She has been doing this for years, and no amount of correction seems to deter her from this apparently fun activity. Thank goodness her enjoyment of mounting other dogs has not extended to humping human legs, but it’s embarrassing enough when it’s done to another dog, especially in public.

So, why does a girl dog hump other dogs and/or animate or inanimate objects? Here’s what I found out.

Expression of Sexuality. An unaltered (not spayed) dog may hump on things as an expression of her sexuality. I’ve seen chicks in a bar act like this, but didn’t really know dogs expressed their sexuality so blatantly. At any rate, Izzie has been spayed, so this is not the cause.

Dominance. Humping another dog may equate to “I’m the boss of you.” Hmm…this is right in her wheelhouse.

Playing. Sometimes when playing, humping can be an attention-getter (I’ll say!) – especially when a dog has less than wonderful social manners (oh, you noticed?). This can extend to humping toys, furniture and the like. To be honest, I’d almost rather Izzie humped a toy than her sister Maddie.

Sensory overload. If a dog is feeling overwhelmed, with, you know, all the feelings, it may hump. These feelings can include feeling confused, frustrated, anxious, etc. Glad people don’t do this, it would make for awkward lines at the DMV. Or would it?

dog hump doll 150x150 Why do girl dogs hump?And in my research on this topic, I discovered that people in the deep recesses of the internet have a soft spot for Spot trying to mount things. So much so, that there was apparently a dog sex doll on the market at one point (pictured). None of the links to the site work, so I’m assuming it wasn’t a big seller.

So, truth time, does your dog like to mount things? Sound off with your most embarrassing stories in the comments!

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  • http://boingydog.com/ BoingyDog

    I love this post! I see humping almost every day and I have to be honest that it drives me bananas! I have to keep in mind that it’s just one of the other wacky ways dogs communicate. Kayo doesn’t hump and she doesn’t tolerate it as well. Any dog that tries to hump her will get a piece of her mind! ;0)

    • http://www.dogsplendor.com/ Stefanie

      Kayo shouldn’t tolerate it! I kind of wish I could find a dog that would do it to Izzie just to show her how annoying it is. That is assuming she’d learn that lesson.

  • Pamela | Something Wagging

    I had two female litter mates who used to take turns humping each other. Usually in the living room and only when we had company.

    My current dog, Honey, will make modest humping motions when she’s playing with her big stuffed lamb. I just assume it’s an expression of exuberance that just feels good.

    After all, that’s why people hump. 🙂

    • http://www.dogsplendor.com/ Stefanie

      Hehe on the only when you have company part. Yep, my dogs have behaviors they reserve for company also – so considerate.

  • beaglesbargains

    When I first adopted Luna, she humped everything. She was spayed late in her life, so I think that has something to do with it. Now it is thankfully less frequent. Although she did have a good time with my friend’s leg at our Super Bowl Party…

    • http://www.dogsplendor.com/ Stefanie

      I’v heard that too, for dogs spayed later in life. I think for Izzie it’s her way of asserting dominance. So, I guess as long as it’s with her sister, and the occasional strange dog, and not me or other humans, I should be somewhat thankful! 🙂