Why Your Dog Likes to Keep Humping Your Boyfriend

Dog Humping

Does your dog have a very strange habit of humping your boyfriend all the time? It might seem funny at first but the humping behavior is not something you would want to encourage because it’s just rude to any people who visits you. Here are some reasons why your dog might like humping your boyfriend.

Your Dog is Super-Excited

Dogs can hump people and even objects if they get super-excited and don’t know what to do with themselves. It’s definitely a positive thing that your dog likes having your boyfriend around, but it’s not the main way you would want your dog to greet him. Humping could be providing an outlet for your dog to burn off the energy of excitement.

Your Dog is Anxious

Alternatively, your dog might be feeling anxious when your boyfriend is around. The anxiety leads to what we call displacement behaviors. This means your dog wants to do something but he is suppressing it by doing something else like humping. It will be pretty clear whether your dog is excited or anxious by paying close attention to his barking and body language.

So how exactly do you stop your dog from humping your boyfriend? The answer probably comes in the form of redirection or reinforcement. First, you can reinforce commands that gets your dog to stay still. This could be a simple command like “sit” or “stay”.

Second, humping is a natural behavior for dogs so it’s not something you want to discourage your dog from doing every time. In this case, your objective is to redirect your dog’s humping behavior towards an object like his favorite toy. One way this can be done is by ensuring that your dog has access to his favorite toys before your boyfriend comes for a visit.

Disclaimer: The content on MyPetChild.com is for informational purpose only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian when in doubt.

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