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Hi everyone....

We adopted a 7 month old female on Friday. We already have a 7 year old black lab that has been with us since he's been 10 months old.

Both dogs are getting along fairly well and will even play and wrestle with one other. However, earlier this morning, my 7 year old lab started to hump the new pup while wrestling with her.

1. Is this normal behavior?
2. Why is he doing this?
3. I assume we should stop this behavior immediately?

The new pooch is the one that usually initiates the play. Not sure if that matters?

Our current lab grew up with a female chocolate lab (who passed a little over a year ago). He never tried to hump our chocolate. In fact, this is the first time I have ever seen our current lab hump!

I have read that this could be a result of bringing a new dog into the house. Not sure if this is true?

Any assistance and guidance is appreciated!
 

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I would not worry about it unless the other dog is distressed by it. It is perfectly normal. We brought a dachshund puppy home to our senior dog, they sometimes hump each other. It is normal behavior, and can be a part of some game or dog language.
 

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Humping dogs? Redirect with fun "BREAK!!" game.

The humping is probably ok between your two dogs, however for me, I would want to teach alternative behaviors to that. Mostly because if your dog tries that on another dog, the other dog may not take well to it and it may cause a fight or stress.

There are many reasons dogs hump. Some is a reaction to stress, some is play style, some is because a dog is coming into heat soon, etc. Some folks think it is due to dominance displays, but really there are many different reasons.

It is your choice as to what to do about it. If your dogs are never going to interact with other dogs (no dog parks, play dates, doggie day care, etc) and neither dog is stressed by it (if you know dog body language) then it is probably fine.

When my dogs tried this on each other (older shy female Gracie with young Puma pup who was coming into her first heat soon) I discouraged the behavior asap in a gentle, compassionate way. No yelling or punishment. No making either dog feel bad about it.

I simply did a redirect or distraction technique. I taught them "BREAK!!!" early on when they first started playing with each other. When I say this word, they know to come to me and then they will be given lots of yummy treats in a very happy fashion.

So when I started seeing the humping displays, I used my "BREAK!!" training game and this distracted them and taught them to do something else. (come to me asap for direction) Then I would ask them to do some fun tricks together.

Maybe you could do something similar with your dogs?
 

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Great article about dog humping

Great article about humping....

Ok guys, I want to share this interesting article about dog humping/mounting.

Marc Bekoff Ph.D.
Animal Emotions

Why Dogs Hump

"There isn't a single reason behind this normal behavior"


"Mounting and humping should not be considered abnormal behavior patterns.
While mounting is best known for its role in reproduction, it also occurs in many other contexts and emotional states.

Dogs mount when they're excited and aroused and even when they're stressed and anxious.

Mounting could also be what ethologists call a displacement behavior, meaning that it's a byproduct of conflicted emotions. For some dogs a new visitor to the house could elicit a mixture of excitement and stress that could make for a humping dog.


Mounting is also very common during play, sometimes as an attention-getter, an affiliative behavior, or when a dog is over-excited. I've seen dogs going "beserk", enjoying that "doggy fit" - running here and there and mounting and humping a friend...

What about dominance and mounting? In a recent article on mounting, Peter Borchelt, Ph. D., a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (CAAB) in New York City, noted, “Mounting could be part of a suite of behaviors associated with aggression, such as high posture, resource guarding, direct stares, and threats and standing over. But mounting, in and of itself, doesn’t indicate a status issue. By itself, mounting might not mean a lot.” (cited in Hecht, 2012).

If mounting suggests a dog is under-stimulated perhaps they could be provided with additional mental or physical activities. If mounting suggests anxiety it would be good to increase a dog’s comfort level in a particular situation, Or, if a dog gets overstimulated and goes bonkers or gets rude or impolite during social interactions with other dogs or people, it would be good to encourage mutually-beneficial interactions.

Guardians (aka owners) can intervene in mounting and humping by getting the dog's attention-getting or by teaching an alternate behavior to assist the dog in their interactions with others."

Link to this article:
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/b.../why-dogs-hump
 
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