Why Do Female Dogs Act Like Male Dogs?

Reviewed By Julie •  Updated: 06/15/22 •  3 min read
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Why Do Female Dogs Act Like Male Dogs?

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There are times when your female dog’s behavior is easy to understand; however, there are other (more embarrassing) things she may do! Why do female dogs hump like male dogs? OK, we got that out in the open! This can be an embarrassing topic and one that’s difficult to understand.

In this article, we’ll take a look at why a female dog acts like a male (humping) and is this is anything to be worried about! Let’s get started!

What is Humping in Dogs?

Humping or mounting is a sexual position for dogs. However, this behavior is found in both male and female dogs. But is humping or mounting anything to worry about in female dogs?

The truth is that female dogs may hump other dogs for different reasons, including:

Displaying dominance: both female and male dogs will hump or mount another dog of the same sex (or opposite sex) to show dominance. This is how dogs show their social status within the pack and subdue other canines.

Being playful: some female dogs may only be playing when they act like a male and hump other dogs. This can be a normal part of canine behavior.

Overly excited and/or anxious: while humping can be a sign of playfulness, a female dog that’s acting like a male may also feel overly excited or anxious. This behavior can be seen in dogs that have not been properly socialized.

Bored or stressed: a female dog acting like a male and humping may also be caused if the female canine is feeling bored or stressed. For example, a female dog with separation anxiety may exhibit this behavior.

Trying to get attention: a female dog may also act like a male if she’s trying to get your attention!

But what if your female dog is acting like a male most of the time? That can be an indication of an underlying medical or behavioral issue.

Your Female Dog is Humping Quite a Bit

If your female dog is humping quite a bit and acting like a male, then it’s probably time to call the vet. The vet can rule out what’s causing your dog’s mounting behavior for different reasons, including:

If the vet determines your female fur baby has a behavioral issue, they may advise you to redirect and reinforce. This means when your female dogs act like a male, then firmly redirect her attention in a positive way to a toy, a treat, or help her learn a new skill. These are great ways to distract your fur baby.

If the vet’s unable to determine the cause and redirecting and reinforcing methods don’t work, the vet may suggest getting in touch with a professional canine behaviorist. They may be able to help determine why your dog is acting like a male and how to correct this behavior.

The good news is that most female dogs that act like male dogs can learn to behave differently. And there are times when your female dog may just be having fun with another dog.

But if this seems to be a continuous problem, do have your female dog checked out by the vet!

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Julie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she studied Animal science. Though contrary to the opinion of her parents she was meant to study pharmacy, but she was in love with animals especially cats. Julie currently works in an animal research institute (NGO) in California and loves spending quality time with her little cat. She has the passion for making research about animals, how they survive, their way of life among others and publishes it. Julie is also happily married with two kids.