Why does my dog hump the air?

asked 2017-02-23 14:40:04 -0600

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Excitement or insecurity

Charlene M.'s profile image Charlene M.  ( 2017-02-23 14:41:54 -0600 ) edit

Dogs generally hump the air out of excitement or built up tension. Dogs that are not neutered tend to do it more often because they have so much testosterone pumping through them. Female dogs and neutered dogs still hump from excitement. It's like a rush of emotions!

Amber O.'s profile image Amber O.  ( 2017-02-23 15:15:37 -0600 ) edit

Whenever my mom's dog smells anyones bottoms, mostly the kids, she just instantly humps the air while sniffing. My daughter is 10 and we go over to my mom's a lot. She mostly sniffs her bottom. so I do not really understand how to help this weirdness or do I let her just do it?

Maya P.'s profile image Maya P.  ( 2019-07-24 14:12:43 -0600 ) edit

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answered 2017-02-23 14:54:24 -0600

9/10 when dogs hump they do so as a form of dominance. Essentially, your dog is trying to show your cat that he is the boss around the house and a higher rank. If your dog is intact, a solution to this is to get him neutered. However, some dogs develop behaviors that stick around even after they have been fixed. However, dogs can hump for sexual relief, or attention, which is why they hump blankets, pillows, and in your pups case, the air.

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answered 2017-02-23 15:11:11 -0600

It can be a sign of dominance, a reaction to something that has excited the dog, like visitors arriving, or a sign that a dog hasn’t been socialized correctly and doesn’t know appropriate canine behavior.

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answered 2017-02-23 15:23:01 -0600

Dogs can hump out of excitement or if they are feeling socially insecure

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answered 2017-02-23 15:17:33 -0600

Sexual excitement or arousal. Dogs may show dominance over another big humping. Once humping starts, they may hump air until calmed down and no longer aroused.

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answered 2017-02-23 14:42:32 -0600

Although it is often a sign of dominance, humping the air can be a sign of social insecurity.

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