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Causes of Labrador Retriever Humping And How To Stop It


Humping dogs can be really embarrassing and troubling. Nobody wants their dinner guests harassed by a horny pup.  But, humping is also a natural instinct and is driven by the dog’s genetics.

Possible Reasons:

  • Sexual satisfaction
  • Play – completely non-sexual
  • Stress Relief – humans can relate.
  • A means of control

Training

Teach the animal an incompatible behavior.  This requires you to foresee the signs of humping and to “distract” them. If your dog has been told to sit, he or she cannot hump you. But, if your dog will not listen or obey you may need to put him or her on a leash in the house.

Limit your dog’s social interactions until he or she is under better control.  A child visitor, for example, might find the humping funny and laugh. This will reinforce the behavior. Moreover, the dog might offend someone or even create problems with another dog who is not interested in this type of play.

Dogs who hump must be trained. They are capable of hurting another person or dog or getting hurt themselves.

Labrador puppies are likely to hump – especially before they are neutered or spayed. Proper training is the best way to put an end to it.

Exercise

Labradors require a lot of exercise. If your dog has excess energy it may come out in undesirable ways. But, a dog who is given lots of opportunities for exercise is less likely to neuter.

Neutering and Spaying

If you feel that your dog is humping for sexual gratification then neutering is a great way to calm those hormones.  There are also many other important reasons to spay or neuter your Labrador.



 

Though humping can be an awkward topic to discuss, it may be worth discussing this issue with a trainer.  If you are unable to stop them yourself, you need to take the next steps. Humping really is a highly undesirable behavior that must be stopped.

 

Have you had success teaching your dog not to hump? Comment below and tell us your tips!

 

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