This is going to sound crazy, but I mentioned before that sometimes, Maggie will try to hump my leg? Well, sometimes...and this is the really weird part...when I raise my leg to push her off, she continues to hump! But she's not humping anything-she is just humping away in midair!!! It is almost like she is possessed, and can't stop herself! What on earth would cause her to do that? I have even tried squirting her, but she just kind of turns her head away and continues humping for a little while, and then she just kind of slinks away.
Her hormones are out of wack. Was she spayed later in life? I had a cockapoo that would do the same thing. She would hump anyone's leg. And if you pushed her off she would continue too hump for a few minutes just as a male does. Now this is the really weird thing and I probably shouldn't be posting this and the mod can edit if they want too.
Here goes. She knew when ever me and my husband were intimate. She would hump everything in sight. A blanket, her toy, or a pillow. And she only did it at that time. No other time.
this is also a rumor,fable or maybe truth. i do not how much weight it holds. but here it goes a dog that is well socialized but never socialized with dogs or minimal will start to relate to humans more than dogs, even sexually
My sons Beagle was the same way. She was very persistent to the point that I would have to crate her for awhile to get a break from fighting with her. This was when she was a pup. Once she had her first heat, and she is now1 1/2 yrs old, she has finally stopped. Not sure how old yours is.
She humps to sort of to establish a rank, over you, especially if shes not sure of her rank. Does she do it alot, or once in a blue moon. If it really bothers you, make sure your doing leadership type things through out the day, like asking for sits and downs(even tricks-shake a paw for things she really values, like food, treats or even to pet her. See, if shes always looking to you for guidance, you know looking at you, antisipating what your going to do or saynext , shes not likely to hump your leg.This isn't about other dogs. Keep her guessing when your going to ask her to do something, ignore her otherwise, turn it into a big game. Don't talk to her or pet her unless she does a trick for it. This is the best way to communicate with her. (Doggie style) sorry, had to say it.
***Edited By: sue on 11/23/2005 8:21:28 PM*** Reason: sgnsgf
Well, thanks-I'm glad I'm not the only one with this problem! I assumed the humping was dominance, but the humping away in midair just seems so bizarre! In answer to some of your questions- Maggie is 8 1/2 months old. She was spayed at 5 1/2 months. She doesn't get much socialization. We had her in puppy kindergarten, and she loved that. I think she was about 4 months old then. She is in obedience training now, but the trainer really doesn't like us to let our dogs socialize! He says it is best not to teach your dog that it can go up to any dog, because one day, it will meet the wrong dog and get bit. So he's pretty strict about that. We live way out in the country, so there really are no dogs close by that she can play with. One funny thing about this is, Maggie is not a dominant dog at all! In fact, she's a little bit on the submissive side. She seems to have outgrown her submissive urination, though. And she is totally friendly to everyone, man and dog. And lucky me, I seem to have the only leg that she humps! In fact, I have never seen her hump anything other than my leg!
If she only does it to you, she is considering you to be HERS, and she is trying to establish her dominance and ownership of you. Humping is a very dominant behavior for dogs. As puppies, though it is a form of play.
My male Standard Poodle will hump anything that moves. With him it is strictly to establish dominance and he won't do it to a grown-up, but he has tried it with children (after he heard from me on the subject, THAT stopped).
He also humps his doggie playmates, and LOL, the cats. It is so funny to see a 65-pound poodle attempting to hump a cat!