It’s another Wiener Dog Wednesday, public service announcement edition, and today we’re talking about happy humping hounds. We’ve all experienced it. We’ve laughed. We’ve been embarrassed when it’s our dog doing the humping publicly; and we’ve been probably equally embarrassed when it has been our dog being humped. And I’m here to tell it’s a natural behavioral occurrence in canines that happens sometimes. #ThatHumpLife #ADogsLife
Naturally, we’re huge advocates of neutering and spaying, and all our handsome hounds are fixed, but the humping habits continues, on occasion. Lots of well educated and fancy people with letters after their names offer multiple explanations for it on the world wide web, and you should feel free to check them out. 🙂
For me it’s real simple though, witnessing two hounds humping are a lot like watching someone bitting his finger nails or even worse his toe nails: it’s not a pretty thing to see and when my nephew bites his nails, I quickly ask him to stop, reminding him it’s not an attractive trait. I follow the same rule with my pack.
Our happy humpers are Rufus and Lily, and Emily is often the humpee. In our pack, Rufus reigns supreme as alpha dog, and Lily has ascended to the beta post – even though, she was the last to be introduced to our family. Emily is like our omega, and is often just happy to go with the flow and indifferent to the humping – no matter which dog is doing it. #EasyEmily Strangely, I have never observed any other dog (outside of our pack) humping her, which is particularly peculiar, but subject for another day.
Rufus doesn’t like or allow others to hump him, and Lily is the same way. They’re both very assertive about this at home and when around other dogs, and I have found this to be the most successful way to deter another dog from humping. When a dog attempts to mount another dog, and the humpee snaps back or barks, it sends a clear message to the dog in question that this behavior is not acceptable. And often, that settles the matter in my experience.
Now, there are occasions when a dog, male or female, just doesn’t care, much like Emily. I know as their responsible humans we attempt to stop and separate them, but as many of us know, once a dachshund sets his (or her) mind to it, it’s hard to get them to focus on anything else. 🙂 Now, I do not have one tried and true solution to the problem because every dog and situation is unique. However, I do want to remind all of the humans in our community (reading this entry) to not take it too serious. #LifeIsTooShort
Listen, we have a funny-shaped dog with equally funny names like wiener dog and hot dog. Our dogs are bred to be hunters and are super smart scent hounds, but I also believe our distinct, odd-looking, long bodied, short-legged dachshunds are the comedians of the canine community. I mean, just looking at them makes people laugh and smile big. Watching them walk or waddle on those little legs while they try to balance that big barrel body, can be hilarious albeit graceful at times. Everyone knows I enamored by the bred, but they can be clowns on many instances, and I think we should always celebrate the comedy that they provide us. #RememberToLaugh #ItsFunny #TheyreFunny 🙂
Above all, let’s not overly personify our dogs and their behavior. They’re humping often has more to with dominance status (usually from the less secure dog) or just play. And, sometimes both boy and girl dogs hump. We certainly should discourage our dogs from humping human legs, but I assert at the dog park or other public gatherings, let them work it out themselves. If the humpee doesn’t mind it, should we!??? #LetThemBeDogs #NoShameInDogsBeingDogs
As long as there’s no threat of an accidental pregnancy, I’m good. #SpayandNeuterYourDogs
Share your most funny / embarrassing hump story below in the comments or on one of our varied social media platforms. Let’s laugh about it together. 🙂 And, have yourself a very a Happy Hump Day on this Wiener Dog Wednesday. ❤ #ShareYourHumpStory
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