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Old 07-10-2014, 06:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok so I know humping is a dominance thing... from dog to dog.. does this transfer to when a dog tries to do it to a human??

We had family come down a couple months ago with my 5 year old niece.. Titan tried to hump her a handful of times. Then this week we have more family down.. including my 2 nephews age 5 and 9... he's tried to hump them too. Is this a dominance thing?

He doesnt do this to anyone or anything else. I can count on one hand the number of times he's humped another dog in his 4 years of life.. and he's never tried this with an adult.. and only recently. He's fixed amd hes not around children a lot.. would that have much to do with it?

Juuust curious.. lol. Also how do I get him to not do this in the future (they're never alone so I can always stop it right then but he still tries while I'm here.)

Soooo yeah.. haha.. Good morning

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Old 07-10-2014, 07:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You train it like any other behavior. He has no idea that it's "different" to other behaviors. So you try to anticipate and re-direct before it happens, if you don't catch it, call him to you, have him sit, throw a toy for him to fetch, whatever else you'd prefer him to do.

There's a bunch of possible whys, but once he knows it's not something you want him to do, it will stop.
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That's what I've been trying to do.. and telling their mother to do the same. I will keep at it thank you! It was just the most bizarre thing for me to see... I was like "omg I have that dog..." lol

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I'm still wondering though.. is it a dominance thing?

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It can be exitement and play - yes, dominance in that two dogs playing, the dominant one will do the humping, but they are not doing it to try and dominate the other dog.

Your dog probably knows that in the pack of adults, he is low on the totem pole, but kids are more his equal and may want to play with them as equals. I wouldn't make a big thing out of it, just stop it and redirect. I don't let my older girl hump my younger dog when they play, just because they live in our world, and it is rude behaviour.
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Your dog probably knows that in the pack of adults, he is low on the totem pole, but kids are more his equal and may want to play with them as equals.
this exactly
this is also why when you get a puppy they will often roughhouse and bite the kids more because they respect the adults as leaders but see kids as littermates

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i do lightly scold for any humping here with an ahh ahh! or thats enough!
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That makes sense.. I didn't realize the treating as equals thing. Thank you guys.

I do light scolding "Titan enough" then make him lay down in his bed for a minute.

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I dont think its a dominance thing. My GSD humps my golf club before i start hitting balls for him to chase. My guess is excitement...
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Do they do that in excitement? Lol

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Rafi tries to hump children. It's an excitement thing. He gets overstimulated because they want to play with him constantly. I just look at him and give him a hand signal that means, "NO HUMPING!!!!!!"
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