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    Default Old desexed female humping young male

    We've had our Mastiff cross boy for 5 months now - he's 8 months old, my desexed bull-terrier cross bitch is 11 yrs old. She has recently started humping him - randomly, usually during breaks in play. When I say recently - she's been doing it occasionally for months, but it's now happening all the time. I wondered if it had anything to do with dominance - the frequency of this behaviour obviously increasing as he matched her size and then grew bigger. He is oblivious and just lays there chewing a toy or happily rolling around under her. She will on the very rare occasion these days lift her leg to pee too - she has done this since before we got our new big boy tho, so it has nothing to do with him. I'm just curious if this is a normal behaviour for an old desexed female? And why she's doing it.....

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    Hi dhru

    The humping thing is because it's fun and he happens to be convenient and available. Some dogs hump stuffed toys. They're not trying to "dominate". It's fun for them.

    If you don't like it or think that it will lead to trouble - interrupt it - tho she's been self rewarding herself this way for a while now so it will be more difficult for her to get the idea that suddenly now it's unacceptable to you.

    The more she gets to do it - the more she will do it. Like trying not to eat all the chocolate in one sitting. You can't expect a dog to be able to do this without help from you.

    Lifting leg to pee - gets the pee up higher so more dogs can access the "hi, I was here" message. Some females do this - because they can.

    Give up the dominance stuff. It's irrelevant.

    Do you want the behaviour? - then leave the dog be.

    Is the behaviour undesirable? - then interrupt and give the dog something else to do.

    Bear in mind most dogs think that things they're allowed to do sometimes are things they're allowed to do any time. So if it's not ok lots or in certain situations - then maybe don't allow it or put it on a cue so you can invite the dog to (for instance) jump up only when you want, but not on Granny.

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    I have noticed that my mums older bitch will hunp a pillow but usually only when we are travelling and in unfamiliar surroundings. I thought it might be a way of relieving of stress. I have a bitch who will also do it it but only to the dogs subordiante to her, she wouldnt dream of trying it on the lead bitch LOL. She mainly does it to the younger bitches, not the older one or the males. One male does it to a young bitch when I leave for work or am at a dog trial, she soon sorts him out. I suspect it is a stress reaction.

    I suspect it could be due to a range of reasons including, stress, dominance and fun. It can then become a self reinforced habit.

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    Thanks guys. Interesting, and it seems that there may indeed be more than one reason for it. It doesn't particularly bother me, although it is getting a bit over the top now. I only have to say a word to her and she'll stop, and it is only him - she's never done it to another dog or person in her life, so I'm not worried about her starting to hump my friends or family

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    I have a couple of bitches that hump and lift their leg to pee but it's definitely a dominance behavior - peeing over other dogs, knocking them to the ground etc. No one would dare do it to them lol

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    Im a older desexed female that humps a younger male. Its all good.
    Dont see what your issue is personally lol

    My dogs hump each other. Gender/sex is nowt to do with it. Its a play fighting behaviour for mine.

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    Kalacreek

    I've heard of comfort scratching, but that's the first I've seen of "comfort humping". (humping for comfort). Wow.

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    Kalacreek

    I've heard of comfort scratching, but that's the first I've seen of "comfort humping". (humping for comfort). Wow.

    Really ?

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    Well - my dog Bonnie does this with Rebel when they play and it's really annoying. One word will stop her and she looks guilty. Weird thing is though, she's subordinate to Rebel, who hates it, and I was sure it was a dominance thing (heard that several times now). He never does it to her, but he nearly takes her ear off when he gets mad haha. Also sometimes they'll start growling at each other for no reason, no food around, just stand there and stare at each other and start growling. Bonnie's turns into a sort of grunt/ groan at the end haha, it's pretty odd. Maybe challenging position of top dog? I don't know.

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    Nekhbet

    That's my old girl - the consequences would be severe for any who tried to do it to her

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