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3 Reasons Why Your Dog is Humping the Air

Dog Humping

A dog humping the air is a common occurrence, especially if your dog is still very much a puppy or if he hasn’t been neutered. Humping and mounting are normal behaviors for dogs that can be annoying to some owners. If your dog is currently humping the air, here are a few reasons why this could be happening as well as how you can stop the behavior.

1. They Are Humping Out of Excitement

Your dog could be humping the air purely out of excitement, which could be due to another person or another animal around that the dog wants to play with. If the dog is aroused he might be looking to just hump the air or a nearby object, such as his bed or a stuffed toy. Not all dogs will hump out of excitement, but it’s a behavior that can be tied back to being overly excited.

2. Humping Could be a Sign of Dominance

A lot of people don’t think about humping being a form of dominance in the dog world, but it can be in certain situations. When a dog is trying to hump either an animal or a person, it could be a dominance type of situation where the dog basically wants to achieve social status. It’s also a way that the dog knows how to control the person, animal, or situation, and sometimes will hump to ensure that control is known.

3. Humping Could be a Form of Dog Play

Sometimes a dog will go around humping the air as a form of playing, and it’s thought of as normal playing behavior. When it comes to dogs or puppies that aren’t good at socializing or have very few socialization skills, they might be humping because they aren’t sure how to play. Dogs that are excessively aroused during playtime, especially with other dogs, might be more likely to air hump. When a dog is air humping during a time of play, it’s unlikely he will display any other signs of sexual behavior.

How to Discourage Your Dog from Humping

The best thing you can do to discourage the humping behavior is to neuter your male dog if you haven’t done so already. A lot of the time, neutering your male dog will stop this behavior from occurring, although it could take a few weeks after the procedure for it to stop completely. If your dog has already been neutered but still performs humping behaviors, there are a few steps you can take to try to stop this behavior.

It’s also a good idea to teach your dog a command, such as “Sit!” that you can use when you see he is about to hump either another animal or person. Give your dog treats as a reward for sitting and then use this command when you see him getting ready to hump. If your dog has a certain trigger that puts him into the mounting mood, be aware of this and try to use the commands and redirect during these triggering times.

If you believe the humping is a form of aggressive behavior, it’s important you seek out help from a veterinarian or behaviorist. A veterinarian can make sure that no medical issues are to blame for this behavior, which could be why your dog is acting more aggressive.

Urinary tract infections, skin allergies, and priapism are just some of the medical issues that might explain the mounting and air humping behaviors. Once medical issues have been ruled out, you can move onto a behaviorist, which can help your dog overcome the excessive humping behavior.

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is the owner of an awesome toy poodle. John started MyPetChild.com to share his experience and knowledge of being an apartment-living pet owner.