Why Do Female Dogs Twerk?

Reviewed By Kyoko •  Updated: 07/11/22 •  3 min read
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Why Do Female Dogs Twerk?

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Do female dogs twerk? For real? Yes! Female dogs that twerk are actually humping. But what causes this behavior?

Does your dog twerk? Are you worried about your dog’s twerking behavior? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We understand this can be a concerning issue.

We’ve put together some information about what causes female dogs to twerk and what to do if your dog does this. Let’s get started!

What Causes a Female Dog to Twerk?

It’s understandable that a twerking female dog can be embarrassing. But the first thing to understand is that twerking or humping is a natural behavior in both male and female dogs. Some pet parents believe only male dogs hump; however, that’s not the case. Female dogs also hump other dogs, humans, toys, and even furniture!

But what causes a female dog to twerk?

1. Sexual Stimulation

Humping is sometimes a sexual behavior that is normal in dogs. Female dogs may twerk around male dogs when they’re receptive to sexual advances. Or they may use twerking as a way to play.

However, this behavior can be caused by dogs that are not properly socialized. They may not understand another dog that wants to play and can mistake that behavior for a sexual advance.

2. Stress or Excitement

Female dogs may also hump due to stress or excitement. For instance, if she meets a new dog or person, she may become overly excited and want to tweak them or a toy.

However, twerking due to stress may also develop in dogs that don’t have enough positive attention, are stressed due to changes in their home, and more.

3. Social Dominance

A female dog may also twerk to show she’s the dominant female canine! It can happen in dogs that are not spayed, are spayed, or in a mother dog who has just had puppies.

In the case of a mother dog that’s just given birth, if the litter has more male puppies than females, that means the mother was exposed to more male hormones during her pregnancy. And this may cause her to hump or twerk.

4. Medical Issues

Female dogs may also twerk because they’re suffering from an underlying health issue. These may include UTIs (urinary tract infections), bladder stones, and more.

You may notice your dog is licking her private areas more often, too. This can be a sign she’s having some health issues.

What You Can Do to Help Your Twerking Dog

If your dog is twerking and showing other symptoms, or you’re worried about her behavior, it’s best to call the vet. The vet can check your dog for health issues such as infections, hormonal imbalances, and more.

Some female dogs may only be playing when they twerk. In that case, the other dog(s) won’t mind and may even do their own twerking in response!

But if your female dog is twerking on you or others and this is a problem, it’s best to distract your fur baby with cues. You can tell her to “sit” or “lie down” to distract her from twerking. And if this continues to be a problem, you may want to work with a professional dog behaviorist who may be able to get your dog to stop her twerking ways!

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Kyoko is from a family of 3 and moved to New York with her parents and siblings when she was 13. Kyoko is fond of spending a great amount of time with pets, specifically her beagle Luna and cat Missy. Her boyfriend often complains that she spends too much time giving attention to their animals. Kyoko has written dozens of articles concerning pets and is aiming at owning a pet shop one day!