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How to prevent your dog from humping!

You never need to feel embarrassed again with this simple trick.

I hear you, this behaviour starts off funny in the house with a young puppy and only close family involved, but quickly turns into a behaviour that is:

Really confusing:

Does your dog love certain people more than others?? !

and ultimately downright embarrassing:

Humping random people’s legs on a walk, your kid’s toys, you mother-in-law…. the list goes on!

The good news is that this is generally nothing to worry about and what started off as a young puppy experimenting has now become just another way for your dog to get your attention exactly when they have decided.

It’s not a sexual behaviour. It’s yet another way that your dog will not only grab your attention when they decide, and in doing so will elevate their status. If you have followed any of my work you will know that it’s a dog’s instinct to elevate their status unless they can see a human member of the pack taking on this position of responsibility. In which case, they will be delighted and spend a lot more time relaxing and being responsive to you.

So the simple solution to this is to completely ignore it.

Here is an excerpt from a what’s app conversation I had just last week with one of my best friends from school who has a young puppy(names have been changed to protect the innocent!):

Janet: Mardi keeps humping Erin? What’s that all about???

Me:πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚he is just trying to elevate his status via getting attention when he decides. He knows that the humping behaviour gets some attention. Doesn’t matter if it’s positive or negative. Don’t worry he doesn’t fancy her????!!!xxx Ps do you know what to do about it?

Janet: Boot him up the arse?

Me: WRONG!!! that would be attention, all be it negative. Try again???

Me: I feel like I am on a quiz show….πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Janet: πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚I guess I ignore the humping? Pull him off and ignore?

Me: CORRECT, don’t forget when pulling him off be gentle and don’t make any eye contact.

Hope that’s helpful.

Peaceful paws always.

Julie x

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