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Why does my dog hump my leg?

asked 2017-01-17 16:16:44 -0600

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answered 2017-02-23 14:20:47 -0600

They are showing dominance. Try some gentle, non-aggressive acts to show them that you are the leader. Praise with treats when they listen to you.

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answered 2017-02-23 15:49:04 -0600

A dog may hump a leg as a simple display of playfulness and attention-seeking, kind of like an invitation to a "play" party. A particularly anxious dog may even mount your leg as a means of easing his stress. Dogs often do this to other canines, as well.

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answered 2017-02-23 15:49:26 -0600

Mostly they are trying to be the dominant "dog" in the relationship. I found once my male dogs were nuetured the behavior stopped shortly after due to less hormones. They also could be trying to get a reaction from you.

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answered 2017-02-23 15:36:17 -0600

Many times they just want attention but sometimes they do it as a sign to show dominance.

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answered 2017-02-23 15:34:38 -0600

9 times out of 10, humping is a sign of dominance, but in some cases, it may be an attention seeking behavior.

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