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Humping

Learn whether humping is normal for your poodle, the reason they do it and if your intrusion is acceptable. Discover how to curb the poodle's strange behavior.


One of the normal action is humping. Do you like when it happens? Without any doubts, you do not. Moreover, it is sometimes strange when this action is done by a little puppy or adult poodle with the help of different things. Here you can read whether humping is normal for your poodle, the reason they do it and if your intrusion is acceptable.

Humping in general

There is a difference between what you think about it and what it really is. Humping is thought to be an interaction between two sexes. This action itself is the way of reaching something making roughly movements no matter what the object is. There is no deal with getting up on female back, it is rather about masturbation.

Humping information

Dogs of any sex hump, although the male does it more or less often. Bear in mind that it is normal to see same sex dog humping. Actually, they do not have any problems with their gender. Take into account that a five-week poodle puppy can also hump. You do not have to worry.

Unfortunately or not, the dog is able to hump despite being spayed or neutered. Admittedly, desire to do this in these conditions is quite decreased. The cause why your poodle start humping is surely present. It can be deeply rooted or lie on the surface. You should help your dog to get rid of it, otherwise humping can be developed as a habit.

What causes poodle humping?

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Humping is vital for your dog. Even neutered male dog continues to do it. This happens because the amount of male hormones in the adrenal glands is enough for your dog to hump. As for spayed female dogs, they hump only when they feel strong necessities.

Dogs tend to do it just for the sake of the game. This quite innocent purpose to have fun may turn over into humping even if the gamers are five-week puppies. Eventually, this habit may disappear for a while when it gets acquainted with something new in its life. For instance, a new house or neighbor.

As it was earlier said that humping does not depend on dog sex or even size. So tiny poodle can easily hump a large one. The only reason why dogs do it while playing is having a desire to show their primacy over others.

It is well-known fact that all dogs are equal in their rights and ability to see the world. So there is no place in the hierarchy. But our world is built up in such way that hierarchy is present in the air despite all the rules. The dog leaders usually rule over the weaker dogs which are tend to obey. But the real trouble is when your dog by mistake thinks it is the leader and tries to prove it by humping the other dogs or even its owner’s leg while sitting or standing.

Stressful situation is invisible evil in our nature. The poodle has a reason to worry when it is left home alone or new events are coming. This situation as a rule are the reason of humping. It is advisable to visit a vet or having a new friend.

Watch out or this action can turn into a bad deeply-rooted habit. All the habits make pleasure for a living being, so does humping. With the lapse of time this feeling can easily disappear so that you forget about this problem for a long time.

Concerning you, when you feel unpleasant feelings on your skin, it is normal to touch this area to get rid of this feeling. It goes for sexual organism itching too. Humping is a good way to temporarily solve this problem. But you as an owner should figure out what exactly the problem your poodle has. For instance, humping can be caused by dry skin, thrush, urinary tract infection and alike.

Your help for your pet when the humping problem is on stage

It is a well-known fact that the reason of any problem is deeply rooted. So the first your action is to find out what is the reason. You can examine your poodle on your own, but also you can ask for your vet to help. Surely, this will be more effective.

Urinary tract infection, bladder or kidney illness conceals the main cause for humping. Troublesome attempt to pee is usually the main humping reason. Also, pay your attention to the urine color and smell. When it is a yeast infection your dog may feel itching or have some skin marks. Hair can have a rust color and bad odor.

Forbid or not forbid to hump

This is a pretty natural act so if it is humping from time to time there is nothing to worry. Though if he did it continuously, you should thoroughly think it over and understand that intrusion into it is compulsory. You should remember that health condition is extremely important. Any stressful situation should to be avoided.

Walking with your poodle you have noticed that other dogs show their dissatisfaction with humping your pet starts and their striking at your dog is very close, you should calm this issue down as soon as possible. First of all, take your dog away.

Prevent your dog from having this habit. You see how awkward it is for you then you can realize how strange it is for others. Your dog can violate the rule of hierarchy when it is humping people. We all know that we are not only friends to our pet, but also their owners. So the other rules you have set up for it can violate without any problems. For example, ceaseless barking, the commands mishearing, be hyperactive. This disobeying can hint you that you should do something with it.

Prevent your poodle from humping

If humping harms both you, your pet and your household, you should take measures. Keep in mind that unsexing can prominently decrease the desire to hump. And it will also be a great benefit for your dog if it deals with unwanted pregnancy and cancer diseases. It was proved that spaying and neutering apart from humping preventing can give your dog longer life. Remember about the peculiarity of each dog. While it is okay to listen to the loud radio for one, for another it may cause some trouble. Watch out dog reaction to noise at your home. If you see that there are a lot of messing-up, give more freedom and treatment to your pet. Make its life more easier and enjoyable.

You perfectly know that you are responsible for your dog and that you are a leader here. But is your poodle aware of it? The only way to check it is to see whether it complies to your commands. By the way, do not forget about teaching your dog, they are so smart that they can do it easily. Knowing what to do when you ask it to stop or sit, so there will be no problem with the same request about humping. Actually, you can distract your pet from humping inanimate objects. It is more likely that this method of loudly clapping or shaking a toy works well. It is useful that simply saying “no”. You can offer another activity such as game or toy that help it forget about humping.  If your poodle humps very often, it is better for you to buy a new engagement for distracting your poodle attention.

You should tell your dog off for humping people. Just invent some kind of punishment, such as freedom or communication limit. Forget about a special box for pet that can scary your pet.

Do not pay attention to it until it understands it was wrong and now is ignored. Normally, it takes roughly ten minutes. Being released, it does hump again, expand its time being punished.

If your pet is uneasy to other dogs, your action should be quite a bit different. Remember about the leash and harness to be able to control your dog behavior. It is important to take care not to wound dog’s neck using it. Try to carry out an experiment. Wait till the moment came and your dog will notice its humping prey and then say your loud “No” making a distance between dogs. Do it for several times in order to teach your dog a lesson that its play with other friends may finish when it starts humping.