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Features November 2019 Issue

Getting Your Dog Over “the Hump”

Chances are it doesn’t mean what you think it means.

Getting Your Dog Over “the Hump”

Yelling will not do the trick and can only make things worse.

Many people have a strong negative reaction to seeing dogs humping. They interpret it as a sign of sexual aggression. And if it’s their own dog doing the humping, they feel embarrassed by it, as if it’s somehow a reflection on them. They start yelling at their pet and trying to pull it off the other dog, which backfires because dogs like attention — even negative attention — and your strong reaction could only prove positive reinforcement for the behavior. So what should you do?

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