We know why male dogs sometimes hump everything in sight, but why would a female dog do the same thing? Humping in any dog is a sign of great health, vitality, and longevity. Not to mention lots of vigor. Humping in female dogs is a very normal sexual behavior. In general female dogs can hump for the following reasons: social order, play, habit, or sexual satisfaction.
Does humping signify that your female dog is in heat? If your dog is not spayed, surely, however, females can hump for a multitude of reasons. Sometimes even when a female dog is spayed, ovarian tissue could remain which will result in a female dog having swollen teats and vulva, which can also bring about added sexual behavior.
Learned Canine Behavior – Female Dogs Hump
Is humping a learned activity? Do female dogs hump because they saw other dogs hump? Humping could very well be the result of learned canine behavior.
Does having your female dog spayed put an end to humping? Absolutely not, for it is quite normal for both humans and dogs to have sexual stimulation and behaviors. It is part of natural human and canine behaviors. If your dog is humping and you have her spayed, she very well may continue to do so after the fact as it is part of her behavior. If you don’t like this behavior, it would be best to reinforce positive behavior and discourage the humping.
Medical Issues – Female Dogs Hump
Could female dog humping be caused by a medical issue? No, not in general to my knowledge. It is a sign of great health, wellness, vigor, and longevity. Something that every pet owner should be quite happy about! If anything, it should be a sign of concern if your pet stops this activity as it would be considered a change in their “normal” behavior.
How to Stop Female Dogs Humping
How can you get your female dog to stop humping? You don’t want to stop your female dogs humping behavior because it’s a sign of true health and wellness. The old saying, “You can take the dog out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the dog,” is true for both male and female canines!
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