If your puppy is humping, you are not alone. Humping is a common behavior in puppies, and unfortunately, it is one that often gets laughed off as "cute." But did you know that humping behavior in puppies can actually be a sign of dominance or insecurity? It can also be a sign of sexual excitement or simply may be a way to explore their bodies or relieve stress. Either way, it is important to nip this behavior in the bud before it becomes a habit. Here are some tips on how to keep your puppy from humping.

How to Keep Your Puppy from Humping: 3 Methods That Work

If your puppy is starting to develop a habit of humping, do not worry—you can put a stop to it with a little patience and effort. Here are three methods that have been proven to be effective in curbing a puppy's urge to hump:

  1. Physical punishment is never the answer. While it may be tempting to swat your puppy's bottom or give them a shake when they start humping, physical punishment will only serve to make them anxious and fearful. What is more, it could escalate the problem by causing your puppy to become angry or aggressive. If you want your puppy to stop humping, avoid physical punishment at all costs. Positive loving reinforcement will serve you and your sweet pup far better!
  2. Provide outlets for energy - A tired puppy is a good puppy. If your puppy has a lot of energy, he may be more likely to try and release it by humping. Make sure to provide plenty of opportunities for your puppy to run and play so that he does not have pent-up energy that needs to be released. Puppy schedules are a perfect way to keep your pup on track with healthy stimulation and playful energy release. (Blog: Tips for Creating and Maintaining a Puppy Schedule) Simply redirect the activity using distractions like Health Extension Chew Treats.

Redirect their attention with a toy or treat. If you see your pup starting to hump, try redirecting their attention with a favorite toy or treat. This will distract them from their current behavior and give them something else to focus on. Once they are distracted, praise them lavishly so they know they are on the right track. Health Extension as a wide variety of interactive Snugarooz toys to keep them busy and entertained.

  1. Enroll in obedience training classes. If your puppy's humping habits are proving difficult to break, enrolling in obedience training classes may be the answer. Training will help your puppy learn self-control and respect for you as their leader. It will also teach them appropriate ways to release energy and cope with frustration—skills that will come in handy throughout their life. Plus, attending training classes together is a wonderful way for you and your pup to bond!

Puppy humping may seem like a harmless behavior, but it can quickly become problematic if left unchecked. Fortunately, there are things you can do to keep your pup from humping—you just need to be patient and consistent in your efforts. With a little time and effort, you will have your furry friend trained not to hump in no time!

December 01, 2022 — Tamara Slaughter-Cerven