Why Does My Dog Only Hump Me?

Why does your dog hump? There are many reasons for it and most are not sexual. Understanding why your dog humps can help you fix the problem if you don’t like it. 

 

Why Does My Dog Hump Me? 

There are many reasons your dog could hump you. He could be displaying dominance over you, he could have an emotional connection with you, or he could be seeking attention. 

What is humping?

 

Humping is when a dog mounts another dog, human, or object. Humping can sometimes be accompanied by masturbation. There are several different reasons a dog may hump and many of them are something other than sexual attraction.

 

Why Do Dogs Hump?

 

Dogs have a variety of reasons for humping and most are non-sexual. A dog could be motivated to hump for any of the following reasons: 

 

  1. They get excited and sexually aroused.

  2. They may want to play. Some dogs, especially puppies, will exhibit this behavior in their play when they get excited.
  3. Social ordering. A dog, particularly a male dog, will assert its dominance over another dog (or human) by humping them.
  4. Your dog could have itchy genitals. If the behavior continues, there appears to be no other reason for it, and your dog looks uncomfortable, you may need to pay a visit to the vet.

  5. Just as some dogs respond to the excitement by humping, others respond to stress in the same way.

  6. Learned habits. If your dog has not been disciplined, he may have developed a habit of mounting from the time he was a puppy.
  7. Compulsive behavior. Sometimes a dog may develop a habit of mounting in response to stress. This can become a behavior disorder and potentially have negative effects on his well-being.
  8. Lack of exercise. If your dog is not getting enough exercise, he may resort to humping.
  9. If your dog is bored, he may hump as a way to find excitement.
  10. Medical-related issues. If a dog is humping and licking its private parts, it could be a sign of irritation, infection, or prostate problems.

 

Why Does My Dog Hump Only Me and No One Else?

 

If your dog humps only you, it’s likely because he has an emotional or special bond with you. Your dog could be humping you as a sign of excitement and affection, or he could be trying to assert his dominance over you. 

 

If you have not disciplined your dog and let him know this behavior is not okay, then he may be humping you because he knows he can get away with it.

 

What Does It Mean When Your Dog Humps You?

 

When your dog humps you, it could be for several reasons. Those reasons might include a desire to play, getting excited or stressed, asserting dominance over you, or trying to get attention. 

 

If you have not trained your dog that this behavior is unacceptable, he will be more likely to hump you.

 

Why does my female dog hump me?

 

Female dogs will hump for many of the same reasons male dogs do – stress, attention, excitement, or out of habit. If your female dog has not been spayed, she may also hump you when she is in heat.

 

Should I Be Concerned If My Dog Humps Me?

 

It depends on the motivation behind the humping and whether you’re okay with the behavior or not. Some reasons (like playing and affection) are innocent ones but others may indicate an underlying behavior or medical problem.

 

 Ask why your dog is humping you and if you’re okay with that. If you’re concerned about his physical health, take him to get examined by a veterinarian. If you’re concerned about his behavior, you may want to have a certified trainer help you.

 

How To Stop My Dog From Humping Me?

 

There are a few steps to take to stop your dog from humping you. In summary, they involve discovering the cause of the behavior and implementing training or medical treatments if necessary. Some steps you can take are outlined below:

 

  • Identify the reason for the humping. Why is your dog humping? If it’s out of stress, medical reasons, or a need for more play and exercise, you may simply need to make a few adjustments to the home atmosphere or your dog’s schedule.

 

For medical reasons, it may be as simple as taking your dog to the vet.

 

  • Catch your dog in the act and call out his behavior. If it is a behavior that your dog has learned over time, or has not been disciplined for, you will need to teach him it’s not okay. When he humps, call him out and get his attention on you.

 

  • Redirect his attention. When you’ve grabbed his attention, redirect it towards something else. Be careful not to redirect his behavior to a reward, but to something that will hold his attention. It could be a play toy or an invitation to play. Reward him for playing with a toy instead.

 

  • Eliminate stressors. Find out if something is stressing your dog that’s causing him to hump. Once you’ve discovered what that stressor is, do your best to eliminate it.

 

  • Place in friendly timeouts. When you notice your dog mounting, put him in timeout.

 

  • Minimize mounting opportunities. Doing your best to avoid mounting opportunities by keeping your dog away from other dogs and strangers will help.

 

  • Offer a reward for positive behavior. When your dog shows obedience and stops mounting at your command, reward that behavior with a treat. Every time he has the opportunity to mount and chooses not to, that should be rewarded.

 

  • Get professional help. Sometimes you may need more help than what you can do on your own. There are professional dog trainers who can help you come up with the best solutions to train a difficult dog to stop humping.

 

When Is Humping a Problem?

Humping can become a problem when it gets your dog into trouble. Some dogs may not like to be humped and when your dog humps them, they may try to attack. If you and other people don’t appreciate being humped by your dog that may also be a cause for concern. 

 

If the humping is the result of a medical condition, stress, or a behavior issue, it is a problem professional help should be sought.

 

Why Does My Dog Hump Everything?

 

Some dogs will hump whatever they can find either out of excitement or play; or out of a medical or behavioral condition. If your dog constantly humps objects around him, you may need to figure out why he’s doing it and find the best way to help him stop.

 

Why Do Dogs Hump Certain People?

 

Dogs will likely hump certain people either because they have an emotional tie with that person or they know that they can get away with humping that person. It could also be because of a certain smell on those people. 

 

What Does it Mean When Your Dog Humps a Stuffed Animal?

 

There are many reasons a dog will hump a stuffed animal. It could be anything from excitement, coping with stress, habit, and itchiness to lack of exercise or boredom. 

 

It’s best to observe your dog more closely to find out why he’s humping. Does he do it frequently or just on occasion? Finding out why he’s doing it will help you to determine if it’s harmless or if there is a medical or behavioral condition that underlies it.

 

Why Does My Dog Hump a Specific Toy?

 

In the same way that dogs hump specific humans, some dogs may have a special attachment to a particular toy. A certain scent on the toy may also cause your dog to want to hump it. 

 

Should I Let My Dog Hump Stuffed Animals?

 

It depends on why your dog is humping stuffed animals and whether you’re okay with it. If your dog only does it on occasion, you don’t necessarily need to stop him, though it may be wise to prevent the behavior so it doesn’t become a larger problem in the future.

 

If it is because of stress, a medical condition, or you don’t want it to form into an acceptable habit, it’s best to keep your dog from humping stuffed animals.

 

Can Castrated Dogs Hump?

 

Yes, castrated dogs can still hump, especially if they’ve begun humping as puppies before they were castrated. The behavior usually still exists inside of dogs when they’ve developed it as puppies. 

 

Do Female Dogs Hump Cushions?

 

Female dogs may hump cushions and there are several reasons for it. These reasons can include excitement, stress, behavior disorders or learned behavior, not enough stimulation, or being in heat. If a cushion is present and the dog has the desire to hump, the cushion may become her target.

 

Why Do Male Dogs Hump Each Other?

 

Male dogs hump each other to assert their dominance, or sometimes in play. A male dog may also hump another male because that’s how he has learned to respond to stress or social anxiety. 

 

If your dog learns this behavior early on as a puppy and is not trained to stop, it may become a natural habit for him. It is wise to train your puppy not to hump other dogs because the behavior could cause another dog to be uncomfortable and attack your dog.

 

When Do Puppies Start Humping?

 

Puppies start humping at 6 to 8 months old when they reach sexual maturity, but may on occasion, display the behavior much sooner. Humping can be observed between puppies in a litter as a way to show dominance or in play. 

 

Why do 2 Month Old Puppies Hump?

 

2 month old puppies will hump occasionally because it’s in their nature to do so. Young puppies will do this as they explore what life has to offer them and often not for sexual reasons. 

 

A 2 month old puppy may hump as part of play, as a way to show dominance over the other pups in the litter, because he’s stressed, or because of a medical condition.

 

Why Does a 4 Month Old Puppy hump?

 

A four month old puppy will likely hump for the same reason a two month old puppy will. 

 

Puppies are not yet sexually mature or active at this age, but they will still hump for other reasons such as excitement, anxiety, asserting dominance, or they may have a medical issue that causes them to do it excessively. 

 

Why do Puppies Hump Their Mom?

 

Puppies will hump their mom as part of their play. It is natural for a puppy to hump other dogs (or animals) they consider to be part of their pack every now and then. Puppies will do this as a way to play and explore. 

 

Why Does My Dog Hump Me When I Hug?

 

Your dog likely wants to grab your attention and that’s why he humps. Humping is an action that is sometimes triggered by excitement, anxiety, or dominance. 

 

If your dog associates you hugging someone with love or an exciting experience, he may want to partake in that experience. Humping can be a neutral reaction if he has not been trained that it’s unacceptable. 

 

If your dog associates you hugging someone with something that causes him anxiety, he may react by humping as a stress response.

 

Why Does My Dog Hump Me When I Kiss My Boyfriend?

 

Your dog is likely humping for the same reasons he would hump someone who’s hugging. If your kissing causes your dog anxiety or excitement, and he has not been properly trained, he may try to hump you when you kiss. 

 

Summary

 

A dog may hump for a number of reasons and most of them are not sexual. Humping, however, is not always a desirable behavior so it’s important to know why your dog is doing it and how it can be stopped.

 

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Mounting and masturbation. ASPCA. (n.d.). Retrieved April 6, 2022, from https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/common-dog-behavior-issues/mounting-and-masturbation

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Sit Boo-Boo Hidden Dog Fence Review

Sit Boo Boo Sit Hidden Dog Fence

This is a safe, hidden dog fence. Easy to install in-ground or above ground. Product is rechargable-no batteries required.  Comes with 955 feet of wire included along with a quickstart guide. No expert installation is required. Should be easy to install yourself. Very reasonably priced. There are five different levels of “correction” and they ensure that the tiny electrical shocks pose no harm to the dog physically or psychologically.  There is also a 100% money-back guarantee if you’re not fully satisfied. Return within 12 months of purchase for a full refund.

Specification:

Before considering an electronic dog fence, first be sure that your dog is trained with a collar and comfortable wearing it.  Introducing too many different stimuli to your dog at once can overwhelm the dog and the dog will not know what you want them to do.  Also, be sure that the intended receiver collar is not too heavy for your dog.  Dogs that are very small should not be fitted with a collar that is too cumbersome or heavy.  At the same time, dogs that are very large should never be fitted with collars that are too small for their necks.

Check carefully because…

The Sit Boo-Boo Hidden Dog Fence is only recommended for dogs 8lbs and above, so if you have a 4lb Chihuahua, this might not be for him/her.  Also, there seems to be some dispute regarding the fence’s coverage.  It may be 5 acres or 1.2 acres.  However, if your land is measured in feet instead of acres, you should be ok.

The Must Know, True Facts..

Invisible fences work by transmitting an electromagnetic signal to the receiver collar which in turn gives your dog an electric shock if the dog ventures too close to the fence.  The collars usually sound a warning tone first that your dog should quickly learn is a signal that they are about to be shocked and they should move away from that area quickly.  The shocks are usually not harmful and teach your pet to stay in the safe areas of your land in a short amount of time.

Included in your purchase is one transmitter, a receiver collar, boundary wire that covers at least 1.2 acres, training flags, an installation guide and an ebook training guide.  It is recommended that you charge the receiver collar at least once a week and there is a blue LED light indicating if the collar needs recharging.  Also the wire and the receiver collar are 100% waterproof.

What to Watch Out For…

If you live on a very large piece of land, you may want to double-check with the manufacturer on the length of the wire before you order.  Also, after installing and fitting your dog with the receiver collar, monitor your dog for the first few days of wearing.  Check your dog’s reactions to the shocks to be sure the settings are not too high. You don’t want your dog ending up with horrible electrical burns on its neck!  At the same time, be sure that the setting isn’t too low that your dog pushes through the shocks and out of the boundaries of the fence.

Before installing the wire, inspect the wire for any breaks or frayed areas.  Return immediately if you see anything that doesn’t look right because you don’t want to waste your time and energy installing a faulty wire only to discover too late that it doesn’t work.

Crucial Tips…

Always train your dog to be comfortable wearing the receiver collar first.  Let your dog wear it around the house and let him/her begin to associate going outside with wearing the receiver collar.  By doing this, the dog will be less afraid of wearing the receiver collar and won’t see it as something purely designed to harm him/her.

Remember to always supervise your dog while they are outside.  Don’t just depend on the fence to keep the dog within the perimeter of your property and know that the fence doesn’t keep others from coming on to your land and interacting with your dog.

Benefits and Features…

The Sit Boo-Boo Hidden Dog Fence allows your dog to have the freedom to be outside without burdening you with the cost of having to install an expensive fence.  Also, landscape remains unobscured and more open and natural. This product offers you and your pet the benefit of enjoying the outdoors together.

Also, it’s less expensive than other wireless fence systems.  Like petsafe wireless fences. Many reviewers seem very happy with this product, even with very difficult and large dogs and many have high praise for the customer service representatives. If you are looking for even more affordable options please read this about wolfwill fences for dogs or fences from Friendly pet products.

Problems…

Some reviewers stated that even the lowest setting was too harmful for their dog and the wire, which was too thin, broke.  Another claimed that the product isn’t well made and stopped working after one month.  Other reviewers complaints include collar malfunctions, adjustment difficulties regarding the collar/fence signals and many stating that the fence works only sometimes, but not consistently.  Also, the instructions seem unclear to some.

Conclusion…

Sit Boo-Boo Hidden Dog Fence has some mixed reviews, so you may want to purchase at your own risk. However, many people claim the customer service is extremely fast and helpful and there are a lot of good reviews, too, after all.  If you’re on a budget and still want you provide your furry family member the pleasure of roaming your land, this may be a great little investment for you.

 

 

Sit Boo-Boo Advanced Hidden Dog Fence

Sit Boo-Boo Advanced Hidden Dog Fence

Invisible fence system designed to keep your dog within your yard and keeps them safe.  Does not require expert installation, but offers the additional option to hire a professional installer.  It comes with a quickstart guide and it is 100% waterproof and lightning resistant as well.  A long-lasting battery, advanced lithium battery means you won’t have to recharge as often. The manufacturer claims to provide you with the best and safest dog fence you can buy.

 

Check Carefully because…

The Sit Boo-Boo Advanced Hidden Dog Fence is a bit different from the less-expensive models of the same manufacturer.  This model seems to be more well made and the company offers expert installation at an additional cost.  The item comes with 500ft of copper wire, so if you require more wire, you may need to buy additional feet of wire. You may need to contact the manufacturer for this.

Also, remember that some dogs are overly sensitive to receiver collars.  You may need to test the “correction” modes first before installing the wire.  If you feel the lowest setting is still too strong for your dog, you can return the item for a full refund.  Don’t bother installing the wire if your dog can’t handle the electric shocks.

The MUST know, True Facts…

This system is recommended for dogs over 10lbs, so if you have a small dog, this may not be for you.  The entire kit comes with:

  • 500ft 20 AWG Commercial Grade Solid Copper Core Wire that you can either bury underground or install above ground
  • One receiver collar that has 7 different correction settings and 3 enhanced modes with high-grade lithium batteries that are rechargeable
  • A 20-acre range capable transmitter with built in surge protection and low-frequency for minimum interference

The collar is made of nylon and fiberglass that the manufacturer claims is virtually indestructible.  Also, the battery is of higher quality than earlier models so you won’t need to recharge as often. Another new feature is that the entire system is lightening resistant so if you know that there is a storm coming, you can let Fido out without fear.

What to watch out for with this product?

Some customers have claimed that the power adapters didn’t work for this product.  Also some claim that the instructions are not very clear, but customer service was very helpful.  Hopefully this isn’t a tactic used to get you to purchase the very expensive option of hiring a professional installer.

Another major concern was that the collar actually shocks for 10 seconds!  One customer said he tried it on himself and he could only stand 3 seconds himself.  After he called a vet, the vet told him that a 10-second shock is torture!  Be sure you test your collar first to be sure it doesn’t shock for this long.

 

Crucial Tips:

As with any electronic fence system, ensure that you dog is properly trained BEFORE letting them wander unsupervised around your land. Never shave your dog’s neck to make the prongs on the receiver collar connect better.  You should never have to do this.  Make sure the connection points are clean.  Always remove the collar when not in use! Don’t leave the collar on your dog like a regular collar.  Be sure to watch the training video so you know how to properly get your dog acclimated to the collar and the fence.

Also, they offer a warranty.  The disclaimer states that you have to contact the company directly to activate the warranty.

One obvious tip should be that if you truly find installing this item in the ground difficult, it may be in your best interest to hire a professional installer.  If you choose to do this, always hire through the company because if you choose not to, your warranty may become null and void.  Remember you can install above ground as well.

Benefits and Features:

Some customers who have a lot of land claim that this system is fantastic.  One said that it completely covers her 6-acre land perfectly and they didn’t bury most of it.  She said that her dog was completely trained after being “buzzed” only two or three times.  Another customer claimed they’ve had the system in place for a year with no problems as of yet, but they had to purchase longer, thicker copper wire.

Most of the positive responses claim that the company’s customer service is excellent, so if there are any issues, they will try to help you as best they can.

Problems:

Many of the complaints seem to be about the power adapter, transmitter or receiver collar not working properly.  Others claim that the installation is very difficult and takes a lot of time and energy.  Some also claimed that they weren’t able to get help from customer service.  In short, many complained about the complexity of setup, the items not working properly or sporadically or not being able to get help from the company to help solve their issues.

Conclusion:

 

With all electronic devices, one takes their chances.  If you are familiar with these kinds of systems, this may be the right item for you because you already have knowledge as to how they should be setup.  However, if you are a novice, you may want to find a more well-known brand to start off with.  Also, for anyone choosing an electric fence for their dog, be sure to always remember to test the collar first! If it’s too painful for you, it’s probably far to painful for Fido!

 

Sit Boo-Boo Advanced Electric Dog Fence Train & Containment System

Sit Boo-Boo Advanced Electric Dog Fence Train & Containment System

1200-yard remote access dog containment system.  It comes with a quickstart guide and includes 500ft of solid copper boundary wire, is 100% waterproof and rechargeable.  The fence has a range of 20 acres, which should be ample for most dog owners.  Receiver collar has 3 varying settings: beep, vibration and shock.  Works best for dogs 8-100lbs.  Company offers expert installation for an extra charge.

Additionally, the dimensions of this package are 13x11x3 inches; item and shipping weight is 4.1lbs.  It comes with 2 lithium polymer batteries, which are included. The gauge of the copper wire is 18. The option to have the company hire a professional installer is possible for an additional charge, a large additional charge!

Check Carefully Because…

The Sit Boo-Boo Advanced Hidden Dog Fence is quite a bit different from the less-expensive models of the same manufacturer.  This model seems to be more well made and the company offers expert installation at an additional cost.  The item comes with 500ft of copper wire, so if you require more wire, you may need to buy additional feet of wire. You may need to contact the manufacturer for this.

Along with being sure that the collar fits your dog properly, remember that some dogs are overly sensitive to receiver collars.  You may need to test the “correction” modes first before installing the wire.  If you feel the lowest setting is still too strong for your dog, you can return the item for a full refund.  Don’t bother installing the wire if your dog can’t handle the electric shocks.

The great things about this item that is not included with other similar items is that it comes with a remote control that will allow you to adjust the transmitter from the palm of your hand.  This may come in handy, especially if you realize too late that the receiver setting is too high and you can’t get to your dog in time to release him from his little torture device. A little extra money for piece of mind is always worth it.

The MUST Know, True Facts About…

The remote can be used for behavioral training, dog parks, off-leash walks, camping trips, etc. The collar receiver works well with the underground fence as well as the remote which will allow you the flexibility to bring your dog with you most everywhere you would like to take your dog and it will ensure that your dog will behave.

The boundary wire does not need to be buried to work well.  It can be mounted to a fence or simply secured to the ground.  Being 100% waterproof, the cable will work just fine in any kind of weather, even in freezing temperatures.

Sit Boo-Boo’s FlexTrainer Advanced Hidden Fence offers the most cutting-edge correction system available.  It automatically increases intensity depending on your dog’s distance and speed from the fence.  The FlexTrainer is also equipped with a fail-safe shutoff feature that prevents over-correction.  It’s perfect for docile and wild dogs alike.

The collars are 100% rechargeable and are equipped with an advanced lithium battery which does not need to be recharged as often as lithium batteries of the past.  Under normal use, a collar should only need to be recharged about once a week. A great feature for busy pet owners!

This item comes with a 90-day no-risk 100% money back guarantee and lifetime manufacturer warranty with 24/7 live customer support.  Problems with installation may be avoided if a professional installer is hired to do the hard work.

What to watch out for with this product…

Be sure you test the collar on your dog first before using the product.  The settings might be too high for your dog and you’ll need to adjust accordingly.  Also, be very sure that the collar does not over correct.  Some customers claimed that the collars tended to over correct and they had to remove it from their dog immediately.

Also, when you receive the product, be sure that the cable is not frayed or broken in any way.  Check the receiver to make sure it has the lithium batteries and that all parts are new and intact.

Crucial Tips…

As with any electronic fence, be sure your dog is properly trained BEFORE allowing your dog to wander unsupervised around your land. Never shave your dog’s neck to make the prongs on the receiver collar connect better.  You should never have to do this.  Make sure the connection points are clean.  Always remove the collar when not in use! Don’t leave the collar on your dog like a regular collar.  Be sure to watch the training video so you know how to properly get your dog acclimated to the collar and the fence.

Also, they offer a warranty.  The disclaimer states that you have to contact the company directly to activate the warranty.

One obvious tip should be that if you truly find installing this item in the ground difficult, it may be in your best interest to hire a professional installer.  If you choose to do this, always hire through the company because if you choose not to, your warranty may become null and void.  Remember you can install above ground as well.

Benefits and Features…

The manufacturer claims that the item is of superior construction, being made of materials used in aerospace and marine construction.  All portions of this item are 100% water submersible.  Rain, mud or snow is no problem for all parts of this product.  Also, unlike the other models, this one supports unlimited numbers of collars!  If you have 20 dogs, you can use 20 collars with this system.

However, know that the warranty that is included with this product is through the manufacturer If you need to take advantage of the warranty, you must contact the manufacturer.

Many customer reviews claim that this is the best containment system they have ever bought.  Those with large areas of land found it much easier to keep the cable above ground and secure with ground staples.

Problems…

There seems to be a problem with some of the receivers either not working or working too well (over-shocking the dog).  Many with small dogs said the collar was more trouble than it was worth in that the collar was far too cumbersome for their dog.  Also, one claimed that the collar comes in 3 large pieces that must be assembled first.

Another problem that seems to plague this item is the difficulty in installing the product. You may think that just digging a trench and throwing the cable in would be an easy task, but there can be other unforeseen problems that can arise.   Underground installation seems difficult because the cable broke easily in some cases. Many claim that the collars malfunction and other complaints involved the customer service agents not being able to help them properly. Sit Boo-Boo Hidden Dog Fence Review