Why do female dogs “hump” their dog pillows even when they have been spayed?

Question by lmfansler: Why do female dogs “hump” their dog pillows even when they have been spayed?
I have an Akita/Keeshond puppy who has already been spayed. However, she has a plush bone and a huge dog pillow that she consistantly humps. She doesn’t try to hump people or other dogs. She only tries humping her pillow mainly but also humps her medium and smaller plush/stuffed animals. I know it is a dominance thing, but she is spayed. Shouldn’t that be out of her system by now (she’s about 10 months old)?

Best answer:

Answer by tankstar1985
Its a show of dominence.

What do you think? Answer below!

3 Responses to Why do female dogs “hump” their dog pillows even when they have been spayed?

  • pussycat dolls says:

    my friends male dog does that to his giant stuffed bunny, hes been neutered. male dogs do that to show dominance, im not sure with females. sorry i couldnt help more

  • seabreezecc says:

    This show of dominance is hard-wired into these pack animals. Poor pillow.

  • L e says:

    Dominance is not an age issue, it’s a personality type. She will probably hump things her whole life. Don’t worry about it. Be glad she has worked out a good solution for her feelings versus fighting with you or other animals for top position. By having something to dominate instead of feeling she is the bottom of the pack this relaxes her psychologically.
    I’ve been an animal behaviorlist for almost 2 decades and when I work with this personality type I always have stuffed animals lying around.

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