Why Do Female Dogs Hump? (Causes & Remedies)

Question: Why is my female dog fucking me?

After being alone for a few hours or being surrounded by other people and horny, my female dog fucks me like a male dog would. I have never heard or seen a woman do this before. Why is she doing this?

-Maribeth

To respond:

Dear Maribeth,

Thank you for submitting your question regarding your dog. While this may be an uncomfortable topic for some, riding and bumping is actually a very common concern I hear from pet owners like you.

Jumping behaviors can be seen in intact or neutered male and female dogs. Sometimes it can be normal behavior, but other times it is a behavioral problem or a medical condition that needs to be addressed.

Most Common Causes of Bumps in Dogs

1. Game behavior

I’ve seen lots of dogs that ride and hustle when they’re excited and want to play. If you’ve spent time at the dog park, you may have seen a dog rubbing up against other dogs. Some dogs ride or bump when they feel playful.

2. Overexcitement

Overexcitement can also lead to humpback behaviors. As you said in your brief, the bump often happens after your dog is excited. Your dog may be overstimulated and overexcited, which may be causing the behavior.

3.Stress

When dogs are frustrated or stressed, they can sometimes bump into objects or people. It’s possible that after being left alone for a few hours, your dog may become stressed, which could lead to humping behavior.

4. Sexual behavior

Some dogs bump into other dogs, people, and objects like sexual behavior. This is more common in dogs that are intact, meaning they are not spayed or neutered.

5. Underlying medical conditions

There could be a underlying medical problem causing the bump. Sometimes irritation and inflammation can cause bumps. If you notice your dog excessively licking, biting, or nibbling, it may indicate an underlying medical condition.

How to Treat Jumping in Female Dogs

1. Consult a veterinarian

The first step to consider in solving this problem would be to consult your veterinarian. Your veterinarian can perform a physical exam to make sure there are no underlying medical issues causing the problems and can help you formulate an individualized behavior plan to address the issue.

2. Avoid the stressor

Since humping behavior can be secondary to stress, if there is a way to avoid the stressor or the cause of the overexcitement, it can help reduce humping behaviors.

3. Provide a distraction

Sometimes just providing a distraction can help. If you know the events that lead to the bump, you can consider keeping your dog busy and distracted. For example, providing a Kong filled with your dog’s favorite treats or giving your dog a toy to play with instead can distract him from humping behavior.

4. Training

If your dog is well trained, consider having his favorite treat on hand when you know the bump might be happening. When your dog starts to bump, show him the treat, ask him to sit, lie down, or perform some other trick your dog knows. This will hopefully redirect unwanted behavior to more desirable behavior.

Some Final Thoughts

A female dog exhibiting humping behavior may seem odd, but it’s actually a very common behavioral issue that I see as a vet. There are many causes of humping in female dogs, but often they are caused by stress or over-excitement. Only your veterinarian will be able to determine the definitive underlying cause of the bump, and I encourage you to see a vet if the bump continues.

In the meantime, try distracting your dog with toys and treats, and train your dog to adopt desired behaviors, such as sitting or lying down when the bump occurs. Good luck with your dog, and I hope these suggestions help!

Sincerely,

Addie Reinhard, DVM

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