Curbing happy humpers

Some dogs just love to hump but at off-leash areas the dominance dance isn’t appreciated. So I was thrilled to spy a walker the other day with a spray bottle hooked to her belt. Sometimes a quick spritz is all you need to derail the most impassioned canine.


2 Responses to “Curbing happy humpers”

  1. 1 AbbyK9 July 3, 2008 at 4:26 am


    I would love to see more people take responsibility for their dogs in off-leash areas / dog parks. Too many people just let their dog off leash and then wander off to talk to other people or yak on the cell phone, or even sit down to read a book (!) instead of watching their canine and interfering with unwanted behaviors.

    Which is exactly why so many dog parks are such horrible places to go. Full of ill-behaved dogs and clueless owners who don’t care about their dogs’ behavior (or don’t recognize when they’re being dominant or aggressive).

  2. 2 gardenmentor July 15, 2008 at 12:31 am

    Shiloh’s a humper. Once we broke out the spray bottle, it took about 2-3 days of spraying, and she was done. Of course, now that I’ve said it out loud, she’ll probably try to hump the next puppy she meets. Fortunately, that’s about as agressive as she gets.

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