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Possessive Humping?

Posted by:  Lindsay
Category:   Behavior Problems
Posted on:  November 07, 2002 at 12:38:37

Question:

My 8 month old neutered male JRT, Magnus, is displaying a curious behavior. I've read other posts on humping and that it is a dominance behavior. Magnus does it in only one situation. I am a student/housewife so I am home a lot of the time, my husband works full time (and sometimes a lot of OT). Everyday when my husband comes home, I greet him at the door and give him a big hug. Whenever we are hugging, Magnus begins humping my leg very aggressively. He wraps his front legs around my leg in a puppy-death-grip and has now started holding on to my jeans with his mouth, making it hard for me to get him to let go. As so soon as hubby stops hugging me, Magnus stops humping me. If I tell Magnus NO, he'll stop and stare at me with those sad JR eyes. He only does this humping when my husband hugs me. So is this still a dominace behavior or is he being possessive? Magnus gets along with my husband well (and everyone else) with no problems, but he is very attached to me.