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How to Stop Dog Humping

Whew. Okay. I finally got the guts to write this post. Does your dog—er—hump everything? *There. I said it.* Does your dog hump people they meet on the street or items around the house? If they do, then you should read this post about how to stop dog humping. Before we begin, please take a moment to pin this to your dogs board.

Dogs don’t always—um—hump for the reason you think. It could be a way of saying hi to that aunt they only see around the holidays and brings squeaky toys and treats, or a way of saying, “Hey, all these people are making me stressed. I don’t like parties.” And, it’s not only male dogs who do that.

How to Stop Dog Humping

  • Spay and Neuter. Spaying or neutering your dog could help stop humping in male and female dogs.
  • “No!” Teaching your dog the “No!” command is a great idea to stop him from doing things he shouldn’t do. It’s great to teach this from puppyhood, but you can totally teach your old(er) dog new tricks.
  • Positive reinforcement. Positive reinforcement is another great thing to use when your dog is not behaving. You need to really praise him for good and use one of these two commands: “No!” or “No humping!” Okay. So, there are some important things you need to do first. First, choose the command and teach it to your dog. Second, whenever you say the command, say it in a stern but definitely not angry voice.
Try a Clik-R to show your dog he did something right when he listens to the “No!” command.

You’re not alone.

It’s perfectly normal for this to happen; many dog owners have to deal with dog—aargh!—humping. Try the tips above, keep practicing, and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

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