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There are many reasons a dog will hump. It is not ALWAYS dominance. Do not let that be your default explanation.

Here some some of my favorite tips to stop it.

1. Re-focus Fido with a favorite toy. Do this in mid-hump. A redirect with a walk or some other playful exercise will often work. Try this first and if your dog reacts and redirects, lots of praise and smiles!

2. Ignore Fido completely – give him the silent treatment. Sometimes dogs hump simply for attention, so ignoring the behavior may do the trick. Leave the room suddenly. Ignoring your dog’s behavior will let him know that his humping is not gaining your approval. Your dog may stop humping if you stop paying attention to him. If it is a big strong dog, it is more difficult to get away, so the redirect or spritz of water in the face may be the best idea.

3. This may be listed as number 3, but it is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. Spay or neuter your dog! This not only helps control the pet population, but will slow down your dogs urge to hump. Male dogs that hump may have increased testosterone levels. Studies have found that neutering stops humping in 60 percent of the cases. This is not a sure cure if your dog has firmly established the habit. Also, remember it takes a month to two months for the testosterone levels to reduce significantly.

4. Keep a spray bottle handy and give your dog a spritz in the face to get a redirection and then move away from him.

5. Enroll your dog in obedience training or seek help & advice from an experienced trainer or canine behavioral specialist, who can help you train the dog to stop the humping behavior.