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My 10 week old female puppy is humping her toy...

I have searched and searched the forum looking for a similar situation, but seems like most dogs 'humping' are older.

Any reason why Holly would be doing this at such a young age? I read the dominance thing but she's only 10 weeks old.

She has a stuffed toy with a giant head that is about the same size as she is and that is the only toy she is doing this with so far...

Do I tell her no? Take the toy away?

Any comments appreciated! Thank you!
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I wouldn't worry about it. I know a lot of them do this from an early age. I honestly don't remember when my guys started to do it but I think they were older. I'm sure you'll get feedback from other members but it wouldn't concern me.

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Jasper did this to his giant "tiger" stuffed animal when he was 8 weeks. he also tried to hump us and we gave him tiger instead.




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She is a bossy little thing huh?

I wouldn't worry about it too much,but....if she were mine,I'd give her a verbal correction. I personally never wanted this humping going on at my house because it is embarrasing when you have people over. Most people inaccurately think of it as sexual,not dominance. Thankfully I never really had this problem here with my boys,but occasionally Quincy will try to hump Vinnie after play and Vinnie puts him down.

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I don't know the "right" answer either and doubt there is one...it's harmless but it's about where your limits are. Our trainer talked about this as a behaviour that's not so desirable - in any case if the behaviour is undesirable to you I'd also agree with Julie and verbally correct it. 'Stop' and give another toy instead..something like that. I do not like humping myself and if Kipling starts we do stop him. We do not have an ongoing issue with him on that front as a result. In the end it's really up to you and what you want.

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I don't like the humping either, and whenever Tucker tries it with the cat I stop it. It only takes a verbal "No" or "Stop that" and he moves on to just wrestling with her. I find it embarrassing, also.

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Thanks everybody -- I was worried it was a problem at her age! Think I might just take that particular toy away and if she starts with another, we'll tell her to stop.

Julie, I think she's going to be a bossy one for sure! You made me LOL!
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Chloe has a big stuffed bear she likes to hump. We refer to it as the humper bear! She used to completly exhaust herself on the thing. It was a trip. A few times I thought she may have a heart attack. That phase only lasted a couple months though.
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A friend of mine who's Hav is 3 years older than mine talked about how she humped a certain toy very early on as well - the toy was nearly the same size as the dog and she took that particular toy away and it resolved itself. It's definitely not uncommon.

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At this age, 10 weeks, humping are not sexual..just a behavior that is "coming out" in adjusting to the new situation...new home.
Try to make her fokus om something els, and get some rest. I think many pup can do this when they are"overwhelmd"...nothing strange, nothing odd, nothing sexual..Relax...and she will..Good Luck
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