Quite like other animals, dogs masturbate as well. Some dogs masturbate by thrusting against other animals or people, while other dogs won't mind masturbating by mounting on objects such as dog beds, wadded-up blankets, and other toys. Sometimes, dogs don't mount on anything to masturbate – they do it simply by licking themselves. Puppies may also exhibit similar behavior even when they are not sexually mature. They usually mount and hump their littermates, smaller toys, and their other playmates, including people just to prepare them for future sexual encounters. You may still notice dogs mounting and humping even when they're spayed or neutered. It's more like a habit.

Why Do Dogs Hump?

To learn how to stop a dog from humping, it is important to first understand the reason why they are humping. It could be due to one of the following reasons:
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Sexual Behavior

Dogs will hump to masturbate, and it's normal for both neutered and intact dogs. Both male and female dogs will mount on objects, people, and other dogs for sexual pleasure. Quite interestingly, both altered and intact dogs can display erections and ejaculate as well. If they are humping for sexual pleasure, you will notice it in their body language, as the ears will rotate backward, tail will be up, and so on.

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Play Behavior

You may see your dog humping when he plays with you. In this case, humping will not accompany with erections or ejaculations. Your poorly socialized dog may start humping during play because your fondling and caressing may arouse him.

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Response to Excitement or Stress

Expect your dog to start humping when he's too excited or is under some stress. This may happen when your dog meets a new dog and gets excited or aroused.

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Compulsive Disorders

If your dog humps when he's under stress, it may become a compulsive habit for him. It is important to prevent dog humping in this situation to ensure this disorder doesn't affect your dog's normal functioning.

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Social Behavior

Your dog may hump when he meets other dogs usually to display control or social status. Your dog may display an erection, but he is not likely to ejaculate in this situation.

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Medical Problems

If your dog humps quite often and it's not his normal play behavior, this could be due to certain medical problems, including urinary incontinence, urinary tract infections, skin allergies, and a condition that causes persistent and painful erections. If you often see your dog licking the genital area, it's time to take him to the vet and rule out medical problems.

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What About Female Dog Humping?

Many people ask that male dogs hump to masturbate, but why do female dogs hump? It usually happens during courtship when female dogs in heat hump their male "suitors". You may also notice female dogs humping other females when they are in heat. The reasons behind why dogs hump can vary a bit, but there are certain ways to keep your dog from humping.

How to Stop a Dog from Humping

It is often easy to learn how to stop a dog from humping if you know the underlying causes of mounting and humping. It is worth mentioning that you shouldn't be taking any steps to discourage this behavior if your dog mounts once or twice a day only. You may also want to keep yourself from trying anything if it makes your dog aggressive. Getting in touch with a qualified professional such as a board-certified veterinary behaviorist or a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist will help in this situation. Here's a bit about what you can do to keep a dog from humping:
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Discourage It Early

Be sure to discourage this behavior when it first starts. You have to be quick in making a decision. If you don't want your dog to stick to a specific behavior, take steps as early as you can. You will have to replace it with a different behavior though. Change his toys and play with him differently and in a more appropriate way.

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Do Something to Distract Your Dog

You may have to try to distract your dog when he starts mounting on an object. Notice for early signs like licking, panting, pawing, whining and rubbing against another person or object to take steps. These signs usually mean your dog will soon start humping. Distract him by giving him a different toy or toss a ball far to make him fetch it for you.

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Neutering May Help

Although neutering won't automatically keep your dog from humping and masturbating, it may help reduce his sexual urge, especially when you see him humping in the presence of a female dog. You may consider spaying your female dog to reduce the frequency of mounting and humping.

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Break the Humping Cycle

You may have gathered the idea about how to stop a dog from humping, but there's more to it. Sometimes, you will have to take the driving seat and interfere right in the middle of a 'humping session'. If your dog humps you, get up and walk away. This will give him a signal that he should quit this habit.

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Make a Loud Noise

Saying "No" in a strong and authoritative voice when your dog starts humping may help as well. Your voice will help your dog get out of the trance they tend to get in as they hump. Make sure your tone is assertive and not angry.

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Keep Your Dog Active

Daily exercise will help a lot because it gives your dog an opportunity to release pent up energy, aggression, and any desire to hump.

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Call It a 'Time Out'

When your dog starts humping, it may sometimes become difficult to break the cycle with a loud voice. It will often help to take him out of the room and into a quieter, closed room for a few minutes. Let him sit there alone for a while. Make sure there are no toys or other objects for him to restart his humping routine.

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Put Your Dog on a Short Leash

This usually helps when humping becomes an obsessive behavior and your dog does it every time another dog enters your house. Putting him on a leash will make it easy to take control of the situation.

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  • AthenaJan.12 12:40
    Hello. Im currently baby sitting a friends dog which is a ( Male Chihuahua ) I have a (Girl greatdane) in heat right now and this Chihuahua will not stop crying for this greatdane.. Sometimes he won't even eat because all he wants to do is hump our greatdane.. He cries at night for her. He KEEPS CRYING. Its getting annoying. All he wants is the girl thats all. He never stops I don't know how he has so much Energy to hump the greats danes Leg & Face all day... I just can't handle this stupid dog anymore.. We keep him in timeout which is In a room,Bathroom,Cage,On a shelf where he can't jump down its very annoying.
  • denaeNov.18 22:23
    Walking is a big deal for any dog. All ylyhe smells and sights. Walks to dogs are how they comminicate with the outside world. To them a walk is like watching the news to us. Nancy it seems you have a reactive dog, i.e reavts badly to dogs on a leash. I would advise exercise, exercise and more exercise before the walk. Or maybe go back further anf work on basic heel training. Tire your pup out and let him practice following you around, you are the alpha you lead the walks. Work with the stuff in your backyard, weave in and out of objects, you leading and the dog following. When its time to enter the front if there is any pulling go back to the backyard and pratice more- the dog only gets to go for a walk when it can behave itself. If the dog is still too excited,oh well, have to try again.tomorrow the dog must learn youre in control and he has to behave to get to go on a walk. As for reacting to other dogs you can do an exercise like the first one just add a second dog. When your dog is heeling and not pulling on the leash have a friend bring their dog, make sure its on neutral territory, not your dogs house not your friends. Walk the dogs on separate sides of the street, its better for the dogs to get a look at each other like that, instead of face to face. Would you like it if a stranger just came right up in your face!? If your dog tenses make sure you stay calm dont feed into it. When both dogs seem to be well acquainted You can have your friend and their dog on the same side of the side walk. Walk your dogs towards each other if your dog starts to bark growl get tense turn around you can even teach the command turn around and use it on walks. Be warned though some dogs just won't like other dogs no matter how much training, if that's the case maybe walking in less populated areas or at night may be best. Socializing puppies at a young age can help prevent this type of behavior but it can be fixed and if not it may just be the dogs personality. Training is a slow and repetitive process but be diligent! ****another important note **** Most behavioral issues come from lack of exercise, pent up energy can become frustration and frustration can become anger. If you don't have time to train /exercise your dog do not get one!!
  • NancyOct.14 01:34
    Hello everybody, I have a big problem. I took my puppy from a dog foster home about a year ago. I love him to bits; he has a great personality, and I feel that he loves our family so much. BUT, whenever I take him for a walks we have problems. He has problems with other male dogs and he behaves badly when he sees one. So, going for walks is always a challenge for us. My husband and I were thinking about taking him to 'doggy school', but then again, it’s extremely expensive, and the nearest 'doggy school' is far away from us. Maybe you have some advice? THANK YOU!!!!
  • SamanthaTaylorOct.14 01:54
    @ : Hello Nancy I usually don't write comments; I just read what people are talking about :) But I feel for you...we had problems with our dog also. He used to bark like crazy when we were not at home, and our neighbours complained a lot because of that. And later ‘humping thing’ happened. Both my husband and I work a lot and had no time to take our Bud to dog training classes. We asked one friend who works in foster care (he is always surrounded by dogs) what we should do.
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