Does Your Female Dog Hump?

Humping comes really naturally to even female dogs, but it is probably the most awkward behavior for people to witness - or be subjected to.


Usually humping is associated with male dogs, but humping is also very common amongst female dogs. Some girls will hump toys or other objects, some hump air, others hump other dogs or even people. To learn more about humping, why girls do it, and how to keep your female dog from humping, we talk with Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Chair of The Association of Professional Dog Trainers Nick Hof, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, KPA-CTP, CSAT, to answer some of your most commonly asked questions about female dogs and humping.

Why Do Female Dogs Hump?

Hof advised that dog guardians shouldn’t panic. “Although it may be a bit embarrassing, humping is a normal dog behavior. You do not need to demonize it nor glorify it.” People get uncomfortable with dogs humping usually because they are under the impression that it is either a sexual behavior or connected to dominance. However, Hof explained that humping is usually a result of a heightened arousal state, but that doesn’t mean it is necessarily sexual. He explained that when female dogs hump it may also be a stress response.

Hof not only has professional experience with female dogs humping, but also personal experience at home: “I had two female dogs that would hump each other any time I had a guest over due to the heightened arousal level; a good outlet for them was humping one another.”

Does Spaying Stop Female Dog Mounting?

It is generally assumed that neutering a male dog will stop him from humping. That isn’t always the case – many male dogs will continue to hump post-neutering if that was a behavior they engaged in before the procedure.

When it comes to female dogs, spaying doesn’t generally have much impact on their humping behavior either. Girls who hump before spaying are likely to continue humping after spaying because it isn’t related to hormones. “I often see female dog humping as more related to arousal state or environmental stressors, neither of which would be changed by a spaying,” explains Hof.

Hump Toys for Female Dogs

Object-mounting is a common behavior with female dogs. “When we are trying to determine if a behavior will be reinforced, we try to look at what is encouraging or maintaining that behavior. Often humping may begin based on environmental conditions or stimuli [such as guests in the house], but if that results in, for example, laughter at the dog humping, some dogs find that reinforcing and that may be encouraged.”

So, if your female dog is humping objects like pillows, toys or furniture, the more you direct attention toward her, the more she may continue the behavior. Pat Miller offers advice on how to train your dog away from mounting behavior in this Whole Dog Journal article.

If your dog’s humping doesn’t bother you, letting her use one (or any) of her dog toys as a personal mounting object is acceptable. Toys are a safe outlet for humping behavior, and if it does not offend any nearby witnesses, allowing your dog to do this without reinforcing her is unlikely to create additional behavioral problems.

What Should You Do to Stop Female Mounting Behavior?

Dog humping isn’t inherently concerning behavior. It is very natural for dogs. The only times humping is a problem are when it makes you uncomfortable and when it makes the object of the humping (a guest or another dog) uncomfortable. In those cases, Hof suggests that, “it would be best to try and redirect the dog’s attention. This could be done by just attempting to interrupt the behavior or trying to redirect the dog’s focus by asking for a sit or other behavior.”

Nick Hof also advises that if you know your dog is prone to humping in certain conditions like when guests come over, it’s best to take steps to prevent it by redirecting your dog before she starts the humping. It’s all about creating situations where your dog is going to be successful.

“A great option is always to focus on what you would like your dogs to do [instead of the unwanted behavior]. For example, they can’t hump while also practicing a down-stay on their bed. Help show your dog what you want from them as opposed to telling them to stop,” suggests Hof.

Isn’t It Best to Prevent Dogs from Humping Altogether?

Again, there isn’t anything wrong with humping unless it makes you or the object of affection uncomfortable. If you want your dog to stop humping, then Hof suggests the best thing to do is deny her the opportunity to start.

“It is always a good idea to, at a minimum, prevent and manage behavior you don’t want your dog to rehearse because otherwise they become more well-practiced.” Hof continues, “In my experience, since female dog humping tends to be more linked to arousal and stress, it is best to look at the context of the situations that the behavior presents itself in.” Knowing the situations where your dog is prone to humping means you can give her something else to do at the times when the behavior is usually triggered.

female dog humping leg

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What if My Female Dog Humps Other Dogs?

Some female dogs hump other dogs, and this isn’t always bad. However, some dogs will react very negatively. Hof believes this comes down to a consent issue between the dogs: “If the dog or person your dog humps does not appear to be okay with the act, it’s a good idea to discourage and redirect your dog’s humping. If they don’t seem to care and neither do you, it comes down to personal preference.”

With that in mind, many dogs do really take offense to being humped, so if you take your dog to dog parks or other meetups with dogs, it’s a good idea to watch her and ensure she doesn’t start humping other dogs – which can lead to a fight.

How to Stop A Female Dog from Humping People

Hof advises that the best thing you can do is, “Management. Management. Management.” He suggests that if your dog likes to hump and you cannot allow it, it’s a great idea to keep your dog leashed at times she’s likely to engage in humping, even in the house. “If your dog is on-leash, you have much more control over their actions,” Hof reminds us. Focus your attention on teaching and encouraging your dog to do what you want her to do instead of having to redirect or correct the humping once it has started.

If you are struggling with your female dog’s humping behavior, schedule a consultation with a positive reinforcement-based dog trainer who can support you with gaining a greater understanding of what is triggering or reinforcing the humping behavior with your dog.

Sassafras Lowrey is an award-winning author and Certified Trick Dog Instructor. Sassafras’ forthcoming books include, Tricks IN THE CITY: For Daring Dogs and the Humans That Love Them, Healing/Heeling, and Bedtime Stories for Rescue Dogs: William To the Rescue.


  1. My female dog humps and I have always taken it as a sign of arousal….not necessarily sexual in nature. She will do it on my lap SINCE I m her preferred playmate usually while she is chewing on a toy. She has a high strung and tightly wound temperament but is very intelligent, fun to play with, a breeze to train and tends to be obsessive and possessive. She is oNE of those dogs for whom working on mat training as a way to shut down her drive and encourage her to relax became a necessity. She has done it since she was about 4 months old, and it has lessened since she has grown to full maturity but never completely went away.I did not spay her until she was fully years old. She does his with no other dogs or people…..just me. She will also lapse into nursing behavior on my lap with a toy. We work on training and relaxing together and it has taken a lot of learning and effort on your part to Lear to deal with her but I must say it has been absolutely worth the effort….she is an engaging and entertaining companion to me.

  2. We have a foster dog, male and neutered, that we are adopting. He does vigorous humping, grabbing the person around the leg. Yesterday, he almost knocked me over, except for the fact that my hubby and I were taking the foster dog for a walk.
    Turning around, does not help, as he will do this to the front or the back of a person’s leg.
    He was very excited, because other dogs were out in the area, and he had been barking at them.
    I wish that we could make him safer, by reducing or eliminating this behavior.

  3. My dog humps me. at first it was just once in awhile, now it has become every night. she gets that look in her eye, brings her favorite toy over for some play, then knocks me down on the floor and goes to town! Sometimes it seems like she has orgasm, or maybe multiple orgasms! my wife likes to watch, and it would all be cute except she digs her dew claws into my back and tears my flesh. we roll around like that for quite awhile, until finally she relaxes her entire weight 75lbs on top of me, panting and maybe licking my ears…is this normal?

    • So you’re saying you willingly masturbate your dog and that your wife likes to watch? Either you’re a troll or a creep. Or both, probably both.

      “is this normal” Nothing about you is normal, and in this case it’s not a good thing.

    • Hi Steve, my female dog always licks my ears when she want me to play with her. She does it because she knows I’ll start laughing because it tickles me and then I’ll start playing with her. But sometimes I can’t play even when she does this and last night for the first time she started to hump me while licking my ear because she was trying to get me to play with her. My husband was watching from the couch laughing because she’s never done this before and he thought it was funny and because he couldn’t believe she was doing that. It was only small, little humps, but humping none the less. I began to laugh to as usual but a little more because she was humping for the first time. I was sure if I should allow her the continue or to stop her. So I know what you mean when you say you let your dog go until she has an organism. It’s like you said, “it’s cute” and you wife watches because it’s cute and funny. Ignore the childish remarks from Debra and Crystal. They obviously didn’t read your entire quote or they’re just to childish to comprehend what you were saying. I would also like to know if I should allow my dog to continue humping or if I should redirect her. And if Debra and/or Crystal reply to me, I’ll be sure to ignore them because I’m sure they’ll have nothing but childish remarks for me as well. I’ll wait for a mature person to answer my question.

      • Well my female American pitbull terrier just started this behavior about 3 days back and I was shocked when she mounted my friends leg for about 10 seconds tbh it was quite funny tho but then I don’t think it’s a bad thing although it’s a bit embarrassing.
        Should this behavior be encouraged? Or I should just ignore it
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      • Some guy lets his dog dry hump him until the dog orgasms, while his wife watches, and you think the people commenting saying that’s not normal, are childish and immature ? You two are both sick in the head. You’re heading towards beastiality. Initially I read Steve’s comment as a joke, until I realised how detailed it was and it sounds like it’s happened more than once. You’re responseS makes me realise there are some twisted, perverted people out there who should not own animals.
        Yeh dogs humping is a normal behaviour, usually as a way to relieve excessive energy from arousal, not necessarily sexual, but if you’re asking if you should be bringing your dog to orgasm/letting your dog continue to hump you ? You are on the wrong site. And you should not own a dog.

  4. I’ve got a weird situation. I have 8 Bichon Frise dogs (1 senior, 2 adults and their 5 pups from a single litter). So, Daisy (daughter) humps Barley (brother), Rosie (daughter) humps Daisy, Lily (mom) humps Rosie. Dad and 2 brothers watch in the background like wth are these girls doing. Rosie and Lily can’t hump for more than 5-10 seconds because their humpee doesn’t appreciate it; Barley just let’s Daisy do it for 10-20 minutes straight so I don’t know how to break her of it since he’s so submissive. She’ll be so careless in the process she’s choking him, stepping on his head, nipping at his back and humps his head or his rear! They are all neutered now so no more risk of puppies…ever. Phew.

  5. My 8 year old spayed female cattle dog mounts my 2 year old English mastiff.. even if he is standing.. She does NOT mount our other two male dogs and never used to mount him. All 3 of the male dogs in the home are still in tact. She has progressively gotten worse about mounting my EM the last 3 months or so.. he doesn’t seem to really care too much but it is always at the most random moments.. He can be walking through the living room and she just intercepts him and mounts him or he can go to lay down after playing outside and she hops right on over. Other days she totally ignores him. My husband and I have lost our minds on how to get her to stop. If we tell her to get down she will but in about an hour or so she is back to it. We have tried exhausting her which, if anyone has had a cattle dog, knows they are NEVER out of energy no matter how much you get them to run or how far of a walk they go on.. But any advice on how to proceed with getting her to stop would be amazing.

  6. My female Chihuahua likes to hump other animals, me, and also her bed and she is 10 months old we haven’t gotten her fixed because we plan on breeding her with a family friend’s dog. But I don’t know if she will let him mate with her or not could I please get some advice on this please because we really want to make possible cute puppies it would really be appreciated thank you.

  7. my older female dog has never humped anything in her life but has spent the last two days trying to mount our male puppy lol it’s the wildest thing, and my best guess is it’s like some weird hormone spike or something since she got spayed like a month ago. i don’t figure it’s dominance related since we’ve had the puppy for almost six months and she’s never done it until now

  8. My female lab (not spayed)tries to hump me every evening. I’ll be sat on the sofa, she jumps up n tries to lock onto my arm. If I’m walking she will stalk me n try to lock onto my leg. She doesn’t do this to my partner (I’m male). We have a male lab who has been neutered but she doesn’t try to hump him. She also has a habit of trying to excessively lick my face and will try to pin me down so she can lick my face off.

  9. Yes, ours is a spayed female Chi/Minpin. Smart like crazy. She grew out of her bed and it’s now in the rec room. Pretty much every day she asks to go in the rec room. She goes there, humps it about 3 times and comes back into the warm living room.