You can stop your dog from humping legs by treatment, neutering, socializing your canine, removing triggers, exercising, and other ways. Basically, the mechanism to stop your dog from humping your leg, other dogs, and inanimate things depends on what’s causing the behavior.
If medical, the only surefire way of addressing humping in dogs is getting them treated. Consult an accredited vet in that case. As your pup recovers from the medical condition, you will notice that the behavior begins to cease until it stops.
Where you think mounting in your dog is sexual, neutering will go a long way to curb it. Neutering reduces levels of testosterone (sex hormone) circulating in a dog’s bloodstream. As the hormone reduces, the sexual urge also decreases.
Any pup between 6 to 8 months of age is okay for neutering. Castration helps reduce mounting behavior by up to 70%.
Again, creating and sticking to an exercise routine will help stop your canine from humping your leg. Exercise uses up the energy that could otherwise go to humping.
Find the time and take your dog out for walks. You can also have them join you in your morning run. Plays can also help tire out your high-energy pup. Only be sure to first ask the vet about the type and amount of exercise healthy for your canine.
Also, you can put an end to humping by removing the triggers. For instance, if mounting is out of stress, remove anything that stresses your canine. If you aren’t sure how to go about it, speak to your vet or an accredited canine behaviorist on the issue.
Where your dog has a habit of mounting your leg, always push them off every time they try to do it. In addition, you can adopt a position that makes humping impossible for your canine.
Moreover, if you haven’t, train your dog to be calm. That way, they will know how to act when overexcited. How easy you are going to find it depends on the breed and the individual dog’s personality.
Finally, socializing your dog can also help them stop humping. Socialization works best when done at an early age, although it’s possible at any stage. Unsocialized canines don’t know how to act when around people or other pets, so it’s best to teach them how.
How Long Until My Dog Stops Humping?
How long until your dog stops humping your leg is a matter of how much they are into the behavior and what’s making them do it. Also, it may depend on the amount of energy you direct into making the behavior stop.
If it’s behavior that your dog is just developing, it’s yet to become a habit. As such, it will be easier to stop and will take much less time. At times all it takes is discouraging it a couple of times.
However, habits may take as much as a year to break completely. But again, that has to depend on other factors.
On the causes, what’s making your dog hump can affect how long it takes to stop the behavior. Compulsive behavior can be a little hard to break off compared to humping emanating from stress and overexcitement.
Depending on how much effort you put into it, the more energy you give into putting the behavior to an end, the sooner you should begin to see results. But again, that has to do with the trainability of the dog.
So, as seen, it’s possible to end that embarrassing behavior from your dog. The most important thing is to get the cause right. From there, it’s easy to know measures to put in place to stop the behavior.