|Barked: Sat Nov 1, '08 5:52am PST |
|Dominance and rank are popular myths. They're old theories that weren't ever really thoroughly examined, and have now been replaced by newer, more accurate, and more researched models. So fear not, your 6 month old is NOT trying to dominate you.
Humping is a way of making social contact-- but it also signifies that presence of stress and/or tension. It is a form of attraction, but there is a block somewhere preventing the dog from fulfilling the attraction normally. The stress from that is offloaded into humping.
Have you tried redirecting him? Instead of correcting him, or saying no-- try playing with him instead. When he comes up to you with that "look" like he's about to hump, have a toy ready and run away from him. The best game to play is tug, and let him rip the toy out of your hands. The purpose of this is to satisfy the urges in him, so that he learns humping is NOT successful in relieving stress, and that playing with you via a toy is.
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