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Help me! A humping machine (adult terms used!)

OK, I've refrained from posting this for weeks, but it seems this situation is going to last. Maestro will be 6 months old in just under a week and was neutered yesterday (12/6/13). For WEEKS now, we've had to hide his bolster bed, all our throw blankets, all pillows - anything soft and with volume - as he seriously is a humping machine. And I'm not talking play -- this is full-erection humping. I thought perhaps the neuter would calm it down um, NO. His surgery was less than 48 hours ago and he just dragged out his crate pad, managed to somehow fold it in half and hold it with his paws, and go to town.

Any ideas on how to curb this behavior? Because at some point, I'd like to be able to sit with a blanket on my lap and put pillows back on the couch.
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I am by far not qualified to answer this. I had read somewhere that it would take some weeks before the hormone levels drop. Even that may not stop it altogether, (but at least he won't have anything there to shoot��). Our girl was spayed a few months ago and she still does it once in a great while, when she gets over excited. She generally grabs our leg and we just remove ourselves from her and then it is over. I don't know of any positive training reinforcement suggestions, but I am wondering if the shaker bottle or a spritz of water in the face would help. I am certain, those with more experience will chime in.
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Swaye is right about hormone levels dropping. It can take weeks, but some dogs just seem to be more obsessed with this behavior regardless. Karen Randall is our resident expert on training, she may have some ideas about this. For the time being try redirecting his attention. Good luck!


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Sophie never humped til after she was spayed and discovered the joy of humping our very soft cat but never anything else. Hope you can figure out a way to curb the behavior, because it is annoying. We are getting a new puppy soon , a boy, and I'm anxious to see what the humping behavior will be.

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From the time Leo came home at 10.5 weeks, he's now 9 months, he has been permitted to hump his bear toy. But anything else he would start to hump immediately got interrupted and redirected, consistently, every time by both myself and my husband. As a result it is rare that he will attempt to hump anything else. When he does occasionally try, typically if he gets overstimulated with play, we still immediately interrupt and redirect. I think handling the humping behavior so consistently from the day he came home has helped Leo understand that his bear is the only acceptable outlet for his attentions. Changing an ingrained behavior will be much harder,will require absolute consistency, and take longer than if the behavior had been stopped from the beginning.


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For the vast majority of instances , humping is a form of play rehearsal or a method of anxiety release. Depending on whether it is excessive or not ,interruption and redirection is appropriate. However that doesn't necessarily relieve the anxiousness. Quite often a dog that is bored simply needs more stimulation to compensate and relieve the anxiety. With extreme cases it can become compulsive in which case a behavioral specialist might be required. I would start incorporating more play in the hopes that it will relieve some of this . I wouldn't try to stop all of it , as it does serve a purpose.

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