Why does my older dog hump my new puppy? Here’s What to Do Next

What age does a puppy start humping?

Due to the non-sexual nature of humping in young puppies, it’s not unlikely you’ll bring your puppy home with a humping habit already developed. At around 6 months once your puppy reaches their sexual maturity, their humping will grow more sexually charged.

It’s important to begin training early with your puppy to try and tackle this behaviour early on.

Why is my female puppy humping?

It is not uncommon for female dogs to hump often if they have not been spayed or desexed. Female puppies tend to have their first season anywhere between 6-12 months old. However, humping in female dogs can still just be the result of them attempting to assert social dominance and honing their social interaction skills.

Even if you find it amusing, being a responsible pet parent involves teaching your pet that humping isn’t socially acceptable behaviour. Here are some suggestions on how to stop your dog from humping.

Humping is usually caused by anxiety or over-excitement. Give them some calm time to settle, for example by sending your puppy or dog to their ‘time-out’ spot, ensuring there are no nearby toys, and receiving no attention during this time. If after a few minutes your puppy hasn’t tried mounting again, provide them with positive feedback, for example a treat or praise.

As your dog may be humping things because they’re stressed or over-excited, distract them with a toy or get them to follow a pre-learned cue – like sitting or lying down – then reward them. Routines and relaxing environments are an important part of ensuring your pets don’t become too stressed and act out through humping.

Why Is My Neutered Male Still Humping?

If your dog is neutered and still humping, he could be doing so due to stress, excitement, dominance, or just natural instincts.

Although neutering a dog often reduces the desire to mount or hump, it may not stop it completely.

my dog is trying to hump my new puppy

Both male and female dogs hump for a range of reasons, many of which have nothing to do with sexual desire. But if allowed to continue, mounting can become habitual, so it’s best to stamp it out before your dog latches onto the family cat – who may not be so understanding.

Puppies don’t reach puberty until they’re six to eight months old, so humping is non-sexual play behaviour. It’s one of the first ways a puppy discovers its own strength and social standing. Because of this, it can continue into adulthood, even if your dog is female and has been desexed.

Some dogs respond to stressful or exciting situations by mounting things. So if your puppy or dog is greeting you at the door with a friendly leg-hump, they’re probably just glad to see you. It may also happen if your puppy is scared at the dog park. Sexually motivated mounting is usually accompanied by certain body language: tail up, panting, whining or pawing.