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 Post subject: 4 1/2 month old Emma... Humping?
PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 7:00 am 
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Is it normal for my 4 1/2 month old cocker spaniel to be doing this?
First dog..need answers


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 Post subject: Re: 4 1/2 month old Emma... Humping?
PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 7:28 am 
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Not exactly sure when the humping starts but it is normal behavior. I'd try redirecting when it happens. Perhaps someone else has a better answer and solution. Congrats on your new pup!

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 Post subject: Re: 4 1/2 month old Emma... Humping?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 7:31 am 
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I don't think it is unusual in a young dog to mount other dogs as part of play or while they are still developing. It can be a way that they learn their position in the 'pack' based on whether that behavior is tolerated by other members or not. But if she is mounting other things (pillows, toys, etc) or people it is important to figure out if this only happens in certain situations, like when she is excited or as part of her greeting people. At her age, you will need to find ways to redirect her to more acceptable behavior before this becomes a habit.

Has she been to puppy classes? Basic obedience training can help with establishing you and your family as her leaders and the trainers can help you with strategies to redirect her when she does this.

My neighbor has a cocker named Gracie who was a 'backyard breeder' dog and was not well socialized with other dogs. Basically, the only time she was with another dog, she was the one being mounted. She and my Jennie get along great and love to play but Gracie mounts Jennie frequently. Jennie just puts up with it but Gracie's mom is embarrassed by it and is working hard to curb it. Gracie is about 5 now, we think, so this behaviour well established and is very hard to curb.

Here us a link to a good article: http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/features/hum ... dogs-do-it

Good luck and keep us posted on her progress... and pictures please!

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 Post subject: Re: 4 1/2 month old Emma... Humping?
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The first day that we had Daisy, she tried to hump me. I had never had a female dog hump anything before. I was told it is a pack thing and she was trying to establish top dog. Habit stopped, as far as people are concerned, quickly.
She has a full sized dog stuffy bloodhound that she humps if she has issues. Dominance over a toy seems ok.


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