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My ten month old shih tzu, Steffi, has started really humping her stuffed animal, which is approximately the same size as she. Steffi has been spayed, so it seems like an unusual behavior. Should I get rid of her favorite friend, or is this activity going to stop soon?
Hoping to hear from you soon,
Well, first, it's wonderful that you have provided such a great stuffed animal for Steffi. She seems to have taken quite a liking to it! This kind of behavior isn't necessarily a problem for Steffi. But, as I understand humans, it can make most people uncomfortable to see a dog this way. As a dog, I don't think I'd want to see my human like that. Yuck!
“Mounting stuffed animals is not uncommon for a dog.”
So relax. Mounting stuffed animals is not uncommon for a dog. Generally this is a behavior which occurs when a dog is either extremely aroused, such as during a rough play session, or insecure, as when a group of people come over for a party. Sometimes a dog feels the need to "outrank" something, even if it's just a toy. You have a few options:
Good luck to you and Steffi. Oh, and if she's ever looking for a single dog, don't hesitate to send her my way.
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