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    Ok, Ziggy does it from time to time and I am curious what you guys think why she is doing it.

    She only does it on certain people and has never done it on any other dog. The people affected are myself, OH, friends she stayed with for 2 weeks when we were on holiday and another friend who stayed with us for 3 weeks shortly after we adopted her. She is not doing it often. Before the holiday it only happend twice to me and with our friends she only tried it once. But now that we are back (only came back last week) she has tried it already a couple of times on me and also started with OH.

    Why do you think she is doing it?

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    I got no idea why , But when i first got NJ he was 12 weeks old and for the first 5 days all he wanted to do was hump my leg, And has not done it since. I was told it was a marking thing

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    It is done for many and varied reasons including dominance, to initiate play, jealousy, pleasure and, of course, reproduction. I am not sure it is fully understood to be truthful by me or anyone else.

    I have even less understanding though of why it is done to human body parts such as legs.

    My dogs have a set time that they do it. Usually, Boofy will do it to Monte in the evening and his is a jealousy thing as he does it only when I pay attention to Monte. Monte does it each evening to Boofy when they are put outside while we eat. The rescues usually always do it to Monte if they are inclined to do it to anyone and even if they are not. Monte is on the lowest rung of the hierarchy because of his physical disability. Boof is the most dominant.
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    Hey Hippo
    Most obvious reason is sexual but it can also be to show other feelings like dominance and authority. It could be a leadership issue with Ziggy but does not mean it is.

    Misi does this most nights when her and Lola are playing with toys, Misi usually wants a toy that lola has. So, step 1. she'll try and get it off her but Lola growls at her. Step 2. She'll sit on her, usually on her head. Step 3. The humping starts.
    She's done it to people maybe twice in the past but now only to Lola since we've had her(most nights).
    Have a look at this-might help...
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    It can be many things but dominance is usualy a valid response.
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    Nup. I don't buy the dominance theory. One of our girls is certified Omega dog material - absolute bottom rung with no aspirations to be anything but, she falls on her back if another dog looks at her.

    But she is our resident humper. Not all the time, but if it's going on it's her doing it... It was actually pretty hilarious watching her trying to hump another girl when they were both in season recently... She was like a little kangaroo - front legs right up on the other girl's back and hopping about trying to find the right end...
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    Thanks for all the responses. I don't think Ziggy is doing it because of dominance. She is not showing any other dominant behaviour towards us at all. She knows we are the ones who determine what we do, when and how. Our roles are quiet clear although she is testing at the moment what she can do and what not. The other reason why I don't think it's dominace is that she is only doing it to people that are close to her. I have the feeling she is doing it to kind of make sure we stay together (similar to what four socks said). If that makes any sense...

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    *Wait! Listen!*
    Hear that ? Its the sound of hell freezing over,because I think Natty and I are going to disagree on something

    Well no, not really.
    Humping other dogs I can very much agree that yes there are many reasons as I said. But humping a human to me is a dominant thing most of the time.
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    Interesting?

    Our little foxy constantly humps our cat.

    My kids are convinced they are gay if that is possible. Both animals are male.

    Strange thou the cat doesn't mind. The only people who ever say anything are my visitors.

    It is absolutely hilarious thou, little foxy and a big black cat.

    They are the best of friends, they eat together, sleep together and hump together. TRUE FRIENDSHIP WHO COULD WISH FOR MORE

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