Excessive air-humping should always be a cause of concern despite the habit being generally innocent. If left unchecked, it will result in worse habits that will make being a dog owner very unpleasant.
Here is all that can go wrong if air-humping is left to go on for too long.
Dogs will spray urine around your home and property as a way to mark their territory. This is especially common in male dogs as they reach sexual maturity.
Stopping habits like air-humping early may help to prevent this by teaching your dog to stay calm and tempering their hormonal outbursts.
Aggressiveness is another common outcome when air-humping and other manifestations of excessive hormonal and sexual stimulation are left unchecked.
Your dog may start to get aggressive as a way to assert dominance. This happens a lot in households with multiple dogs especially if there is more than one male dog. However, dogs may also demonstrate aggressive behavior as they try to dominate their human companions.
Graduate To Humping Objects
For dogs that hump the air excessively, the next big thing you have to worry about is that they may take things to the next level by humping objects or people.
This is not only extremely embarrassing but could also result in the destruction of your property by the over-aroused dog.
Finally, unchecked air-humping and other sexual behavior will result in unplanned pregnancies especially if you have multiple dogs or your pets are free to go in and out of the house.
Here, spaying or neutering might be the only way to spare yourself and your female dogs the inconvenience of puppies you hadn’t planned for.