Why Dogs Hump (Spoiler Alert: it’s not all about dominance)

Last summer, I house-sat for my parents while they went on vacation. Neither of their pets, a 14-year-old cat and an 11-year-old dog, do well being boarded, and it was much less stressful for me to stay with them than it would have been to send them somewhere.

I brought my dogs with me, so it was a very full household. Their elderly Lab cross, Duke, already knew Layla quite well. However, he wasn’t as familiar with my youngest pup, Mischief. This posed a bit of a problem.



You see, like many dogs, Duke tends to default to humping when he’s stressed or unsure. Any time my dogs would start to play, Duke’s lips would stretch back towards his ears, his brow would furrow, and he would grab Mischief with his front paws, attempting to mount her. With the forty-pound size difference between the two dogs, this did not make Mischief happy. Being a fairly socially savvy dog, she would spin around to face him when he did this, the doggy version of “knock that off,” and if that didn’t work she would escalate to snapping at him, saying, “no really, I mean it.”

Of course, knowing that Duke was likely to hump Mischief when he became anxious or excited, my boyfriend and I were able to prevent this behavior most of the time. When Duke started to circle towards Mischief, we would say his name, redirecting him to move towards us for praise and petting. When we had visitors over and Duke hit his limit of the amount of excitement he could stand before he could no longer make good choices, I put him on leash. If we couldn’t supervise the dogs, one or the other of them was crated.

Humping is a common behavior in dogs and is seen in both males and females, whether they are fixed or not. While it is most often attributed to “dominance,” nothing could be further from the truth. Dominance refers to priority access to a resource, and I have yet to see a dog use humping to gain access to food, toys, space, or anything else tangible. So, why do dogs hump? Here are the most common motivations behind humping in dogs:

Arousal: Once a dog hits a certain level of excitement, that energy has to go somewhere. Some dogs express their joy by doing “zoomies,” where they tuck their butt and sprint as fast as they can in circles. Some bark. Some hump.

Anxiety: Like Duke, most humpers whose owners seek my help are quite anxious. Anxiety leads to arousal, and as we saw above that leads to humping. Technically, canine behavior experts call this a “displacement” behavior. When the dog becomes anxious, he or she may scratch, sniff, dig, or hump. People display displacement behaviors too (although luckily humping is not usually one of them!): we check our phones, play with our hair, or look at our watch when we’re in socially uncomfortable situations.

Play: Play is interesting. When dogs or other mammals play, they mix up a bunch of behaviors in new sequences. These behaviors have very useful roots: chasing, stalking, and pouncing are useful hunting behaviors; mouthing and wrestling are useful fighting behaviors; and humping is a useful sexual behavior. Some biologists believe that play is practice for the real world. By mixing all of these useful behaviors up with some other signals that mean “just kidding, I’m still playing and not really planning to eat you for dinner,” dogs get a chance
to practice moving their bodies in ways that could increase their chances of surviving a situation where the behaviors were needed for real.

Status: While this is a common attribution for humping, dogs almost never use humping as a form of status seeking or as a display of status. In fact, in over ten years of training, I’ve only met one dog who appeared to use humping as a means of status seeking. (And even in that case, the dog was also pretty insecure, so the humping was more likely caused by her anxiety than by her desire to climb the social ladder.)

It just feels good: Frankly, dogs just like to hump sometimes. All mammals masturbate, and some dogs will hump a favorite toy or pillow. From a behavioral standpoint, there’s no reason not to let Fido or Fifi have a little “me time” on occasion behind closed doors as long as it’s not causing problems. Before Dobby’s seizure disorder took over his life, he and Mischief would often hump each other when they were playing. As long as both dogs seemed okay with it I wouldn’t interrupt them (although I would ask them to take it outside). That doesn’t mean it’s always okay, though: I draw the line at humping people, and if my dogs do this I redirect them and teach them more appropriate ways to interact with humans.

So there you have it. Humping is a normal doggy behavior, albeit a somewhat embarrassing one for those of us on the other end of the leash. As for Duke, he’s long since stopped his anxious and inappropriate response to Mischief. Now that he’s gotten to know her better, he can play appropriately with her without resorting to humping. In fact, he just spent the past five days with her, and didn’t need to be redirected a single time… a relief for everyone involved.

Does your dog ever hump? Why do you think this happens? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

129 responses to “Why Dogs Hump (Spoiler Alert: it’s not all about dominance)

  1. When I pat my Labrador Bonny for a while, on her tummy she licks her lips. Then she humps her bed for 20 minutes. Am I accidentally turning her on, or is she sensitive to my patting? Any thoughts or ideas would be helpful. ☺

    • Licking her lips is a sign of stress or discomfort. My guess is that she doesn’t really like to be pet on her tummy and she gets nervous because you continue petting her. Find the spot she likes to be pet! My dog only likes certain spots, then she does a happy growl, wag her tail, and she looks relaxed.

  2. Our spayed 9 yr old female dog will stand on her hind legs when I come home and will hug me very tight with her front legs. She will also do this if I give attention to our cat. She has just started doing this since we adopted this cat, 2 yrs ago, but we have always had a cat. This cat as a kitten tormented our dog and our dog is still nervous to be too close to our cat. Is this action due to being nervous over our cat.
    Thank you

  3. After a year of having our boy, a 4 yr old lab mix, he starting humping me, starting after we had been away (boyfriend and me) for a weekend. He’s not done it to my boyfriend (his daddy) My boyfriend says it’s cause I’m a woman and the dog can smell the difference. I say it has nothing to do with that. Any thoughts?

    • My guess is that she got stressed because of your absence. He got too excited when you got home and thus he developed a displacement behaviour (other dogs chase their tails, run in circles, scratch themselves, chew their paws, etc). I’d try to reduce his levels of stress, look up stress reduction in dogs if you have doubts. There’s also medicines or natural remedies your vet can inform you about :)

  4. Thanks for this article, oh and I’m a wordpress user also! Im following you now :) i found this post via google search! Anyways so i have a 14 yr old corgi x jr , recently we had a new pooch arrive into our home. He is a 12 week old bull arab x staffy x mastif , he’s a rescue so a bit of a mixture.. At first pup wanted to play with my old boy 14 yr old cooper, but cooper being older doesnt have the energy to play like rocco our 12 week old pup… So cooper would be dominant toward him and tell him when he’s had enough and he would bark growl at him and mouth him sometimes but not in a violent way, in a dogs way of saying “stop I’ve had enough mate” … its been 3 weeks now and out of the blue he has started to hump our puppy flat out… Its so hard to stop him, cooper is 14 yr old he is desexed but for some reason out of the blue cant control his need to hump our puppy lol. Poor pup doesnt understand… Cooper will be trolling while he is doing it too , lol and ,his lipstick comes out , thats what i call his you know what… Its really strange how he just started doing it out of the blue… anyways thought id say thank you for this post :) its been helpful ! xx- loz chai … oh and come say hi!

  5. My female dog, who was rescued as an urban feral, is very good with us and our older male dog, but is not good outside of her familiar environments. Her humping behavior is especially curious: she will hump our male dog as soon as we start to put on his leash. She never humps him otherwise. I don’t believe she has read ’50 Shades of Gray’ but we are fascinated by her immediate approach to hump him as soon as she sees his harness being put on. How would you explain this odd behavior?

  6. i often attend events where owners bring their dogs so they can run around together off lead on a group walk.

    on a recent one of these another dog picked out my dog from the 50+ others on the walk and kept trying to hump him for the entirety of the walk. my dog kept trying to tell him off and stop him, but this other dog was relentless.

    i can understand why a dog would hump, but i can’t think of any reason why a random strangers dog would pick my specific dog to try and hump. my dog has a very average temperment and all the dogs on the walk were the same exact breed. any ideas?

  7. why do dogs hump is a question i have often reflected upon.In general, humping is sexually related – the apparent connection being between the requirement for sexual activity.

    With older puppies, humping isn’t just for reproduction, when dog humps cat or an inanimate object or indeed your why do dogs hump legs.

    When one dog has installed the other and has began to thrust, it is attempting to state its dominance over the opposite. However, if the puppies “swap roles”, it may be a original play gesture, above all in younger puppies.

    why do puppies hump objects/people if they’ve certainly not interacted with them before since it’s comfortably an innate response to a new stimulus.

    The equal problems can occur if the canine hasn’t been socialized correctly and does not know how they will have to reply to an unfamiliar stimulus, which makes us think why do dogs hump.

    Here is a funny video I have made of DOGS HUMPING LEGS !!!! WATCH NOW !!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKInRd_ViHM

  8. My dog Buddy is a 10 year old cocker spaniel/ retriever mix. I adopted him 3 years ago and he’s been neutered since he was a puppy. In my 3 years with him once never seen him humping … until today. He jumped on my 6 year old and humped her side until I turned around and told him to stop. Any reason why he would pick now to start this behavior. Nothing else has changed in our lives.

    • Just a quick observation – while you say nothing has changed in your lives, you might not see it like a dog. Your 5-year old is now a 6-year old… the child is bigger, growing, doubtless shows developmental changes, attitudinal changes, new language skills… dogs often see and hear more than us. That might be enough to stimulate some new reaction in the dog towards the child. It is up to you to figure out if that is excitement, seeking dominance, or stature or some other reason, and to be sure to monitor and know your dog’s and child’s behaviors to be sure nothing crosses the line into an aggressive area.

  9. My puppy is neutered and still humps everything. I made a yoga video for my Youtube channel, The Brandy Bunch, the other day and my puppy video bombed me. He was in the background humping his blanket at the end of the video! I thought they weren’t supposed to hump things if they were neutered. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kG1ZQ3aFZ0

  10. My Rat Terrier humps his pillow every night! When I turn the bed down he jumps up on the bed gets his little travel size pillow and humps for about two minutes then he’s ready to go to sleep. He has done this since he was 2 years old. He is 8 years old now. He never did this until we gave him his own pillow and allowed him to sleep on our bed instead of in his crate when we moved to a new home. If I tell him to stop he does. So do I just let him have his alone time? I took his pillow from him, but he just kept looking for it and whining. He was neutered at about 14 months.

  11. Andrea LoPilato

    Blue is 11 he humps my pug and i wonder why he does is he insecure. He was fixed at the age of 2. He will even grab my legs in a hump like stance when i try to leave.

  12. My dog is a bull dog for past 2 nights he’s been anxious and cannot sleep and been trying to hump my leg. He stays up all night walking up and down in the house. I don’t know what to do??? Any suggestions???

  13. My oldest dog sometimes humps my younger dogs when the younger dogs fight he gets on the more aggressive one and humps him why does he hump him

  14. My dog only humps dog beds. She will fold it over and straddle over it. Why is she doing this? She doesn’t do this with any other objects.
    I just want her to use her dog bed to sleep on!

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  16. Kathryn Rockwell

    I have 3 male dogs non of them are neutered.One is the father of the other two. One of the younger dogs will hump the older one. I’m not sure if it’s a dominance, excitement or stress thing. It has only caused one fight luckily, but I’m worried that it could potentially cause a big fight. What can I do to Or figure out why he does it?

  17. Help! My dog has started humping 3 of our smaller cats. He only does it when I get home from work in the evenings. I’ve tried to redirect, walk him to tire him out, scold him and finally have to tie him up beside me until he forgets about it. Any other suggestions?

  18. My rescue male pity mix who turns 5 next month humps certain human house guests and I don’t know what to do. We’ve had him 2 years now. He’s very social and likes to be around people, but certain people he will try to mount. I don’t want to put him in another room when we have guests because I want him to remain social, any ideals why he’s doing this? Maybe stressed?

  19. I have a Yorkiepoo he only humps me when I’m on the floor with the baby or playing with the baby and sometimes when I’m holding her or talking to her …… I’m wondering what this is all about and how I can stop it. telling him to stop or giving him a time out does not work he just keeps doing it.

  20. My dog never tries to hump anyone except me… and it almost always starts if she sniffs my ear first. Do you have any idea what this is about??? She’s done this since we got her as a puppy.. if I’m sitting on the floor playing with her or just sitting to stretch/do my own thing… she will walk over, sniff my ear and try to hump. I always stop her when she’s about to do it but I’m really curious if you know why?? My mom thinks it’s a dominance thing but she definitely knows I am “above her” in our pack, listens to my commands and everything. It’s so strange haha.

  21. Reynaldo sanchez

    Your article beats around the bush so much. Just get to effing point and nobody wants to hear about your dog they just want to hear points. Stupid dog owner.

    • Hope you don’t read my most recent post because yes I talked about my dog too. We love our fur babies so I am apologizing in advance or just close your eyes and just go by my post really fast so you don’t have to read it

    • Vicki Anderson

      If you don’t have something nice to say or a constructive/informative comment, input, please don’t be RUDE. Such a display of ignorance is unwarranted

    • Don’t be so rude! Also learn to speed read if you don’t like it

  22. I have a pitbull and he lost his dog “brother” in july and sadly lost my partner his Dad a week ago. He was in bed with him when had fatal heart attack. People have been here at house and he is humping often ehich rarely fid before. Does not appear depressed but maybe loss of person who took most xare of him is causing uncertainty. Will call Vet or trainer to see. He dors to orhers..not me

  23. My girlfriends (neutered) male shitzu/pug gets so excited he wants to hump my male (entire) staffy/whippet. My dog doesn’t like the other males constant over excited ness and uses every tactic to stay away from him. He gas told him off once, but i can tell my dig is fairly uncomfortable around him. Even when they are all calm and sitting peacefully, one look or little movement from her dog, sends my dig i to avoidance mode. Any advice eoilc be grateful, thanks.

  24. Well without me embarrassing myself and my husband our little 9 1/2 pound miniature Doxie decides to hump a pillow if my husband and I are enjoying some “us” time. When we know that this is happening with him we start laughing and well….there goes our “us” time. BUT then comes my granddaughters so they are just 6 and 8 but this little weiner dog decides he likes the 8 year old’s arm and back a little too much and I say Rocky stop it and of course he then runs around in circles. I told her I was going to Google to find out if anyone else has this problem with their dog and the 8 year old said yes I want to know why he likes to hump my arm….oh my I lost it. Guess she has great hearing. Lol

  25. Our 5 year old male toy fox terrier, who is neutered, tends to do his humpty dumpty on family and friends when they are visiting. He starts with taking everyone his toys to throw and at some point he jumps on the couch and gets someones arm. So embarrassing. We always thought that it was an “attention” thing, we thought that it had something to do with us paying more attention to “company” than to him. It’s the only time that he does it.

  26. My male dog humps me every time he gets done eating and only humps me after he eats.

  27. My puppy I just brought home about 4 days ago humps my 2 outside cats every time I try to walk him. They are the only animal/things he does that to. He isn’t mature yet at all. He is 9-12 weeks old, so I don’t think fixing him would help. He starts with play then quickly starts getting hump happy, but only with the cats. I just thought it was strange. I try redirecting his attention but he goes back to it every time or ignores me. Any advice would be great.

  28. My 4 year old lab/pit has been sneaking up to my 7 year olds room at night and jumping and licking him. I’m angry that he’s being inappropriate with my son and that he’s waking him up. I don’t know why it’s happening or what to do. Any thoughts?

  29. Okay TMI alert, but every time my husband and I have some quality affection, my female fixed dog sniffs my butt and humps me. I don’t know why…

  30. My 6 yr old female long coat Chihuahua “Sophie,” who is spayed started humping my arm Everytime we are in bed at night watching TV. I rescued her almost 2 years ago and her humping me seemed to start once she realized this is her new home and I’m her new Mom , once she felt comfortable . She did alot of hiding under my bed at first and though would come out to say hi , was comfortable hidden at first but she eventually was relaxed but she always comes up licking my arm, panting and humping me . I swear the moment she came up to Me and started humping Me , she also decided to lay by me and or follow me everywhere. Was within the same hour. Lol. Then in September I brought Home another female Chihuahua Now, she seems to also do it if my new pup is playing near me or has my attention . Sophie my bumper She’s definitely is dominant to my cat (who is scared of her) and my other little Dog. She rules the house other than Me , ofcourse . if I get on the other animals for anything she think she’s my back up and puts them in line. She is nurturing at times to the new Chihuahua and they get along okay . She also is my Service Dog and while the other little Chi is my Furbaby too , it’s like Sophie kinda bullies her when it’s time to leave the house with Me and has nipped at her even . So I just assumed it was dominance.
    Is it just that it feels good to her? She’s not anxious and not nervous around my other pets or humans and I don’t see her licking herself to cause me to think it’s a medical reason.

  31. My 12yr old Springer mostly ignores/tolerates my 18month old Sprocker but after their evening dinner he always tries to hump him/& or ‘clean’ him;sooo weird…

  32. My yellow lab has been fixed. He’s about five years old. He rarely eversniffs crotches but occasions he will do that to a few of my friends. Also, he has only humped one person
    He’s an inside dog. This person was a young girl about ten years old. What do you make of if that? Is it something about the person, their physical makeup or what, just wondering since he only did that once???

  33. I have 2 female Shiba Inus. Kiyoko is 2 and Mei-Mei is 1. Neither are spayed. When Kiyoko goes into her heat cycle she always humps my pillow; just my pillow. She doesn’t hump people, the other dog or some thing else, just my pillow. She doesn’t even make contact; the poor thing just “air humps.” I’m always playing a tug-o-war with her trying to get it away from her, so now I think it has turned into an attention seeking behavior. Now it doesn’t matter if she is in heat or not, she will take my pillow and jump it. Have I inadvertently made this fun for her? And why is it always MY pillow?!

  34. I just rescued a female Jack Russell and she’s always humping my Pug.
    I’m going to go with dominance.
    It’s not that I have lots of company but my poor Pug is just a mush head.
    I just keep redirecting her or a firm
    No works for a little while. She’s new so I’ll let you guys know what happens. Thanks

  35. i have two dogs – mum is 8 and her son is 6. she used to hump him whenever i was scolding him, its her way to say what is he doing its not ok. at the other side, of course he would like to hump any female dog he sees and young male dogs, as well. few times we have been attacked by unleashed male dogs and after both him and the other dog jump on each other, the next scene is him humping the other male dog. in these situations i am positive its about dominance but not in aggressive way, rather authority status.

  36. The only time my daughter’s dog will hump is when you are lying down. She is a pit bull about 80 pounds. Whether you are in bed or laying on the floor watching tv. I try to push her off an say No Blu firmly. She is all muscle and is very hard to push her off the bed. When you try to push her she then will start to nip at you. Making contact you will find teeth marks on your arms. Please help!!! How can we stop this?

  37. My 6 month old, spayed, puppy has decided on a pillow to hump and I’ve let her go about her business. She hasn’t tried to hump our 5 year old Boston Terrier/Pug mix, for which I think he’s grateful. He is still getting used to not being the only dog. What concerns me now is that our puppy has begun knocking down our 3 year old daughter Evelyn, as gently as a nearly 40 lb puppy can do, and standing over her and humping her. With the size and weight difference, our daughter gets a little scared and a lot angry. Each time she has done this she was playing, either with me or by herself with her favorite squeeky toy. She then goes over to my daughter and indicates that she wants to play by dropping the toy on Evelyn’s lap or licking her face, or crouching down and giving a playful bark, but then she immediately pounces Evelyn and starts humping. Honestly I’m only somewhat concerned about why she’s doing this, if not to show dominance then what is her motivation since she’s not doing this with any other member of the house? I am more concerned about how to deter this action because our little puppy is growing at a much faster rate than my daughter and I’m worried about an injury if this keeps up.

  38. Does this happen even after the dog has been neutered?

  39. Good information! My neutered male dog sometimes humps my arm when driving. I tell him “No and sit” and he does for a short period of time then attempt to hump my arm again. Not sure why he keeps doing this, I thought he would get out of doing this after saying “no” for the third time.

  40. Well… i do have a castrated three years old dog. Every other dog (young, old, male, female) is humping on him. Everywhere we are going it is happening. It‘s exhausting for me and him. My dog is just running away or showing his teeth but never in real anger.
    Im desperate because of that. My dog is very cool and has no fear from nothing. He is friendly to nearly every dog. Only if he has hunted food (mouse) then he is avoiding others and keeping them away.
    What can I do to stop them all from jumping? I was thinking about to give some Hormons to my dog but I don’t feel very well with this solution. :(

  41. Why are my bouvier puppy hump of three monthss

  42. I have two dogs, they are both Whippets and are half brothers. The older one is a sweetheart (fixed) but the younger(not fixed) is really difficult because he get’s so nervous and scared around other dogs or people he doesn’t know.
    But the worst part is that after any kind of exercise(mainly walking on a leash in the neighbourhood or running free away from people and other dogs) he starts humping my older dog so he starts barking back. It’s fine when they’re out playing but it doesn’t stop after we get home, sometimes for days!
    The only thing we can think of is putting the younger one in a cage to relax but I hate doing it for a long time but that’s what it takes, otherwise he just continues but I don’t know what else to do.

  43. Thank you! My male dog has been neutered for over six months. He started humping my female dog again. After reading your explanation, I understand! He is trying to play with her!

  44. I have 2 female Great Pyrs. Cassidy is 20 months, Bella is 15 months. Cassidy has been spayed, not Bella. Cassidy is VERY high energy, always wants to go, run, play and DIG. Bella is very laid back and maybe a bit lazy – she is not into playing, she would rather nap at my feet. When Bella won’t play Csssidy pulls on her feet, mouths her, and grabs her by the collar. Then Cassidy starts humping her – like non-stop. She humps her rear
    her head, her hip, and part she can get to,. Bella has taken to spending a lot of time in the corner, trying to be invisible. She is totally passive and never starts a fight over this behavior.,,,,, On the flip side, (since the humping has become so prevalent) Bella is becoming very aggressive toward Cassidy – in regards to food, treats, chewies, toys, and over Mom time. These fights are not easy to end – they are drawing blood, ripping out hair – the whole nine yards. Once they get sent to their respective corners and they settle down, they are best buddies in record time. I cannot let this continue, besides hurting each other, they are breaking furniture, and sometimes me.. .I am so afraid that this will happen when I am not home and one of them will be killed or have permanent injuries. Help needed!.

  45. I have an odd question. My collie x boy doesn’t hump, never has but when meeting other dogs they’ll often take one sniff at him and try to mount (causing no end of arguments from my lad especially when its larger breeds like gsd’s and labs etc, little ones he just shakes off lol). I’ve never known a dog get mounted so often when not playing or a girl in heat and I can only think he’s giving off a scent instigating it….can you think of a reason??

  46. My friend visited me earlier in the day and the dog I am sitting was fine. My friend returned later and the dog immediately tried to hump him.. to the point I had to restrain him (the dog I mean).The Dog is fixated on him

  47. My 1 year old English mastiff ( male not neutered )is humping 12 YEAR lab mix and is neutered all day long. Licking his ears licking his mouth. We are constantly telling him no trying to redirect him to doing something else and he just does not want to stop she does for a little bit and then he goes right back to doing it if my dog Rocco which is 12 gets up off the couch he’ll go right after him all the time my 12 year old is having hip problems and we just don’t know what to do with our 1 year old it’s just concert it’s so stressful he wakes are 12 year old up at night and then once that happens then our twelve-year-old wants to go outside cuz he is going to the bathroom alot also so last night I got up with both dogs four times every 3 hours between the hours of 12 a.m. and 10:00 this morning I’m beside myself I’m so tired and exhausted and stressed out

  48. My 4yr spayed toy poodle humps our neutered male cat! So what do you make of that?!

  49. My 7 yr old female Chihuahua is not spayed. She goes into heat twice a yr. She got very ill out of no where which left her with partial facial paralysis. Two separate vets checked and rechecked her blood and liver enzymes. First she had a mild heightened blood calcium and phosphorus level. She was very ill. Coupled with one side of her face which was frozen. After a few days of cutting out raw diet and just cooking organic rounded meals without crufishious veges, her blood level became normal. She started getting healthy except for her face is better but still frozen.
    Once she started feeling well, she started humping my arm and her stuffed elephant which she uses only when she’s in heat. She could care less about humping unless she is in heat. She finished her heat cycle 2 months prior.
    I personally feel because I have this dog since she’s 8 weeks old, that she was so happy, so emtionally happy because she felt well, she was loving on mommy. I see her emotional and it’s like she doesn’t quite know how and where to release her emotions so she becomes “turned on”.
    She just wants to hump my arm. She stops right away. It’s like a hug to mommy. Or like she’s saying, I love you mommy for helping me. She has never been sick in all her life. She was very ill and she knew it. She also knew that I was very affected by her being sick. She would lick my tears as I pleaded with her to fight and get well because I needed her. There now is an even stronger bond since this happened to her and she is truly happier than she’s ever been before. Grateful is what I think she feels. Animals are deeper than we will ever know. I have had all kinds of exotic animals that I have kept alive when doctors gave up fue to illness. All lived in spite of it to their life span. A sick animal will connect with you on a deeper level more than a healthy one. They can’t move, eat,drink,relieve themselves and play without your help. They need you and if you are there through those bad times, they will never forget it. The trust between you then, comes a bond forever. They are eternally grateful to you. They look so deep in to your eyes when they are ill. That is how they communicate. So in my case, my Bitsy is so happy. I think her humping are humps of affection and gratitude.

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