|Barked: Wed May 7, '08 8:50am PST |
|Humping can mean a lot of things, but in intense dogs (I've got one) it can be a way to relieve conflicting emotions or social anxiety. Conrad's got a few ways he deals with his emotions when they get too intense for him to be able to deal with, some good and some not so good. But one of them is humping. It seems like he humps primarily dogs who make him uncomfortable in some way--dogs that are too hyper or too rough or too spastic, he wants to hump them because he's really unsure of what they're all about.
At home when he gets too worked up, since the only dog around to hump is Marlowe and Marlowe's not a fan of that game and Conrad knows it, he goes to his diggy spot and digs, obsessively and with this crazed look in his eye. But it helps him relieve the tension and burn off some emotional energy.
I do like Khola's recommendation to just quietly leash him up and let him calm down. That's what I do at the dog park if Conrad meets a dog that makes him humpy. I call him back over, leash him up (without scolding or making it in to a punishment) and have him sit or lay down and pet him with calm, long strokes, and talk to him calmly and quietly and just help him settle himself. I wouldn't want to do anything that would add to the already overwhelming emotions he's feeling.
|my posts | my page | msg me | my family's posts | gift me | become pals|| [notify]|