One of the clients that came in to work today was embarrassed to admit that her dog is horny all the time. It drives me nuts how misinformed people are about humping. They humanize the behavior and forget that it can have a totally different meaning in dog behavior.
Now I’m no dog behaviorist, but I know that humping is not always a sexual response in dogs nor does it always reflect dominance. When people see a neutered male dog or any female dog try to hump they immediately assume it is a dominant behavior. (By the way, if you don’t already know, I hate the word dominant.) People forget that humping can be a play gesture as well.
Two excited dogs, for example, may take turns humping each other. This is not about dominance or figuring out the pecking order in the pack. It’s just play. Humping can become a compulsive behavior so I personally don’t allow my dogs to hump each other or other dogs because humping can lead to fights with other dogs, but I’m not embarrassed if any of my dogs do try to hump another dog. It’s just dog behavior.
I thought it was funny that the client said her dog was horny. She had never heard of female dogs humping before. Sounded to me like the dog just gets excited when guests visit. Nothing wrong with that!