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Re: Possessive Humping?

Posted by:  Marie Evans
Posted on:  November 08, 2002 at 14:36:24

In Reply to: Possessive Humping?
Category:   Behavior Problems
Posted by:  Lindsay
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.


Response:

Hi Lindsay,

It sounds to me like it's a bit of both! And it's unacceptable behavior.

Magnus is showing your husband and you that you belong to him. You might want to leash Magnus right around the time you expect your husband to come home.

When Magnus goes to mount your leg give him a leash correction and a "SIT" command. And make sure he does it. Remember don't repeat commands because the more you repeat a command without the dog obeying the more they think you only "mean it" some of the time. You have 3 seconds from the time you give the command to enforce it. Never give a command if you aren't ready to enforce it.

The longer you allow him to exhibit this behavior the longer it will take to correct it, and if left unchecked can possibly escalate into aggression.

So if you haven't taken Magnus to school, now is a great time as he starts to exert more independence and test his limits more. This happens as a dog starts to mature and leaves puppyhood behind. It's a very natural process and one that you can get through okay if you get him proficient in basic obedience commands.

Regards,
Marie