My Male Dog is Humping Another Male Dog – Should I Be Worried?

Possible Causes For Mounting

Procreation

Mounting, also known as humping, behaviour can be an attempt by a male dog to initiate procreation. If a female dog is in heat in the surrounding area this need to procreate can often be displaced to the nearest dog, in the case of this article another male. This is nothing to worry about and will pass as the female in the area finishes her season. Castration is the best option to eliminate this behaviour.

Social Repertoire

Mounting or “humping” can also be a vital part of your dogs social repertoire by allowing them to express and determine rank between dogs. Dogs will often put their paws on each others backs, hold their head over the neck of another dog or in some cases mount the other dog. The gender of the other dog is irrelevant as the behaviour is not intended as an initiation for procreation but as a way of dogs achieving status and asserting their rank over the other dog. The dog that is doing the humping can often be the dog that ‘rules the pack’ and is clearly stating their place in the pecking order.

Adolescence

This is probably the most common cause for mounting behaviour seen in dogs and is especially common between males. This is due to the hormonal increase when dogs reach this age. Larger dogs such as retrievers tend to hit adolescence at around 7-10 months, whereas small dogs such as Jack Russells are likely to reach this stage at around 4 months old, due to them having a quicker maturity rate.

Excitability

Another common cause is excitability. When a dog becomes overly exited by a certain stimulus be it that of another dog or simply being out and about in the park, they can displace their excitement in the form of humping another dog. Again whether the other dog is male or female is irrelevant, it is simply a redirection of excitable behaviour as opposed to jumping all over you, or pulling or biting on the lead.

Attention Seeking

Sometimes dogs can hump other dogs simply to get a reaction. If your dog humps another dog and you make a huge fuss then it can be quickly recognized as a means to an end. If you are ignoring your dog and the usual bringing you a toy or jumping up at you does not work they may turn to a behaviour that definitely gets your attention and humping often will.

Source by Louise Gradwell

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