How to love your dog

This article was co-authored by Jaimie Scott. Jaimie Scott has been training dog owners as the Owner of Jaimie Scott Dog Training in Sacramento, California for the past 15 years. Jaimie meets clients for 1-on-1 training, group classes (owners only, no dogs), as well as live video classes. Jaimie has published videos, blog articles, and eBooks to share tips for training and his personalized insight into dog behavior. With a focus on training the owners, Jaimie believes that dogs need to know who’s in control at any given time in order to feel secure and be happy. Jaimie holds a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from Pacific University.

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While loving your dog might seem like a simple concept, there’s more to than adoring him and spoiling him with treats and toys. Loving your dog is about building a strong bond with him and acting in his best interest. A well-loved dog will feel safe, cherished, and secure, yet still know and follow the rules of canine citizenship. If you take the right steps, you can remain in charge while still having a friendly relationship with your dog. [1] X Research source The Happy Puppy. Pippa Mattinson. Ebury Press

How to love your dog

Everyone knows–even those hostile cat owners–that dogs are man's (and woman's!) best friends. They make fiercely loyal, extremely intelligent and–duh!–adorable companions and most puppy parents consider their pooch a member of the family.

But do our dogs love us back? The short answer: Yes. Dogs express their emotions in a variety of ways—ranging from super subtle to totally obvious—so, sometimes, it can be tough to tell what’s a positive expression or a negative expression.

The bottom line? Our dogs love us unconditionally—they just sometimes express it in weirder ways. These 10 signs of puppy love can help you determine if you and your pupper are truly bonded.

Holding Eye Contact

If someone makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or threatened, would you stare deeply into their eyes? No way! Long, sustained eye contact is reserved for people you love, trust, and feel safe with.

The same goes for dogs. Maintaining eye contact isn’t just a useful tool while you’re training your dog–it can help you create a deep bond, too. In fact, when your dog looks at you, its brain releases oxytocin. Known as the “love hormone,” oxytocin is the same hormone mothers’ brains release when they’re first bonding with their babies.

The key is to maintain natural eye contact while you’re playing or cuddling. If you force eye contact with your dog, it’ll probably get a little uncomfortable and look away.

Leaning Against You

How to love your dog

Like maintaining eye contact, you're probably not going to lean up against someone you don't know or trust–and neither will your dog.

Whether you’re sitting on the floor or couch, if your dog leans against you, it means it feels safe, secure, and totally comfortable. Sometimes dogs will lean against their humans when they’re feeling scared or anxious, but that only means it sees you as its protector.

Sleeping in Your Bedroom

How to love your dog

If you don’t allow your dog to sleep in your bed, but it still likes to sleep in your bedroom, it really loves you. Why? Wanting to be close to you while you’re sleeping signals that it’s totally loyal and doesn’t want to be separated from the pack.

(And if you’re not going to allow it in the bed, why not invest in a super comfy dog bed?)

It's Happy When You Get Home

How to love your dog

Does your dog jump up and down, lick your hands and face, bring you its favorite toy or even “excited pee” a little bit when you get home from work, school, or errands? Yep, it’s absolutely thrilled to see you! And, chances are, you’re very excited to see your pup, too.

It Carries Your Shoes and Stinky Socks Around

How to love your dog

Pooches who are attached to their owners also love their owners' scents—and may raid your shoe pile or laundry basket for stinky socks, T-shirts, or even underwear.

Stealing shoes and dirty clothes aren’t always the best thing—especially if your dog likes to chew—but you can prevent inappropriate chewing by giving your dog plenty of engaging toys or marrow-filled dog bones.

It Checks up on You

More independent dogs may not always be right at your side or curled around your feet, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t love you. If your dog “checks in” on you from another room, during a walk, or in a new environment, it’s making sure you’re nearby.

Seeking Physical Contact

How to love your dog

You’ve probably read that dogs hate being hugged; one study actually claimed to prove it. But in reality, this “study” was based on observations by a single researcher and was not found in any hard science.

The truth? Dogs actually love physical affection and often seek it out from their favorite people.

We're not saying you should pick up your dog and give it a super tight bear hug. Rather, pets, cuddles, leans, and maybe even gentle hugs are strong signals that you and your dog are truly bonded.

It Pees When It Sees You

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No, it’s not a sign that its potty training is regressing. Dogs, especially puppies, may pee a little bit when they get excited. Referred to as submissive urination, this little accident is actually a compliment. It means your dog knows you’re in charge!

It Brings You Its Favorite Toy

How to love your dog

If your dog brings you its favorite toy, it doesn’t just mean it wants to play—although wanting to play is a major sign of puppy love, too. As your pup’s pack leader, it’s presenting its most prized, most beloved possession to you. Talk about an honor, huh?

It Smiles at You

How to love your dog

Nope, it’s not your imagination! Some dogs actually learn how to “smile” by pulling their lips back to reveal a big, wide, toothy grin. Reciprocating with a big smile and happy voice will show your dog you love it, too.

No matter how much we love our furry family members, sometimes life just gets a little too hectic. Showing our dogs the affection we want to — and the affection they deserve — often falls to the wayside.

The truth is, we don’t need tons of extra time in our already packed schedules to show our canine companions how much we care. Letting our dogs know that we love them each and every day can be easy with simple acts and gestures.

Making a few simple adjustments to your normal day can reap big rewards for the relationship between you and your dog. Here are some affectionate activities to try:

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Create Morning Cuddle Time

If you’re already stressed about how crazy your morning routine is, try waking up just five or 10 minutes early to include your dog in it. If you start the day with a quick trip outside with your dog, your pup will come to appreciate the chance to empty his or her bladder the first thing in the morning. “Then, come in the house and spend five extra minutes in bed cuddling with your dog in the morning,” suggests Mary R. Burch, Ph.D. and the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen director. It’ll help set the tone for the rest of the day.

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Leave Toys When You're Gone

If you have to be gone during the day, make sure your dog has plenty of mental stimulation in your absence. “There are a variety of interactive canine toys into which treats can be stuffed,” says Burch. “The dog stays engaged while working on getting the treat.”

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Let Your Dog Hang Out With You

Even the smallest act — like letting your dog hang around while you work — can help him feel like he’s part of your busy day. “Pets respond to interaction, even the simplest kind,” says Dr. Oscar Chavez, DVM and professor of Veterinary Nutrition at Cal Poly Pomona University. “Allowing your dog to lay on your lap while you work at your desk on that last-minute proposal, or lay at your feet while you type up that project that’s due, is likely enough to remind him you love him — and it gives you great company, too.”

You can also incorporate your pup into your family time to show you care. “When the family is watching television together, invite your dog to be with the family,” says Burch. “You can give the dog an interactive or chew toy to enjoy while human members of your family enjoy a movie.”

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Focus On Touch

While your first instinct may be to hug or pat your dog on the head to show affection, to dogs, these are actually signs of dominance, says Dr. Rachel Barrack of Animal Acupuncture. “Instead, try gently massaging their bellies or behind their ears,” she suggests. “Brushing your dog with a soft brush feels great to your pup, and is also a nice way to show affection.”

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Take Quick Walks During the Day

Everyone needs a break from the booked-solid lifestyle, and if you can get outside with your dog during those five minutes, all the better. Of course this suggestion won’t work for everyone, but if you work from home or are lucky enough to bring your dog to work, try taking your pup for a quick five-minute walk during your break times. “Even if it’s short, your dog gets a chance to go outside — which she’ll love — and she can take care of any business, while you get to take a breather and refresh,” says Chavez.

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Pay Attention to Praise

It’s easy to turn our attention on our dogs when they misbehave, but by praising them when they are behaving like perfect angels, simply lying there and being quiet and calm or doing something cute, you’re helping to reinforce their good behavior. “Go over to your dog and give him 30 seconds of love or a healthy treat,” suggests Chavez. “You may also end up having a calmer pet over time if you are consistent about this.”

While we’re at it, you should also pay attention to your tone when conversing with your pet. “Dogs may not understand every word you say, but they do understand a kind, calm demeanor,” adds Barrack.

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Add Training Time to Your Schedule

If you have any wiggle room, even just an hour a week, a training class is a great way to show your dog you care. “Then, you can spend 15 minutes a day practicing what you learned in class,” says Burch. “Plus, trained dogs are more relaxed and have fewer behavioral issues.”

Barrack agrees. “Mental stimulation is important for dogs, too,” she adds. “Work with your dog on basic commands and tricks — dogs appreciate rules and boundaries to help them feel safe and secure.”

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Become Familiar With Body Language

Sometimes it’s not about specific actions we take with our pets but rather the way we tune into what they’re feeling that helps show how much we love them. “By understanding how your dog feels, you can react appropriately and foster a strong bond,” says Barrack. “For example, scared dogs will cower and lower their heads and tuck their tails, whereas angry dogs will have their ears back and hackles raised.”

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Take Them for a Drive

If you’re running an errand that won’t require you leaving the car (like picking someone up, heading through the drive-thru, etc.), why not bring your pup along? “[Many] dogs love car rides, especially when it’s just about riding shotgun and there is no vet visit along the way,” says Chavez. “For them, it beats staying home and they feel like they are part of the mission.” But never leave your dog alone in the car since temperatures can reach dangerously high levels even on cool days.

How to love your dog

On the big day, it’s natural to want to be surrounded by friends and loved ones, and who’s more beloved than your dog? These days, when millennials are the largest segment of pet owners, many couples want to include the dog in their wedding. After all, when you promise to share your life together, you’re already sharing your life with a four-legged partner.

There are lots of ways to include your dog in your wedding, from giving him an important role to letting him make a cameo appearance, or celebrating him in photos on your invites, save-the-date, and other wedding communications. So, before you say the “I do’s,” be prepared with all of the to do’s to make your pet a memorable part of your special day.

Start with honestly considering your dog’s temperament and personality. Is he happy to meet and greet anyone and everyone? Does he have at least a few commands nailed down, especially important ones like “sit,” “stay,” and “down”? Does the sight of a crowd have him whirling in a frenzy? Or is he shyer, more reserved, or frightened around strangers? It’s important to know what your dog will or will not enjoy. Dogs with anxiety or socialization issues should probably RSVP “no.”

Decide the dog’s role. Depending on his obedience level and personality, you have lots of options.

  • Pup of Honor — He can walk down the aisle with the wedding party and then sit alongside them for the ceremony. It may be best to keep him on a leash; get creative and decorate the leash to fit your wedding theme.
  • Flower Dog — She can carry a basket of flowers in her mouth, as the flower girl spreads the petals. Be sure the flowers are safe and nontoxic for dogs, in case she decides to sneak a taste.
  • Ring Bearer — Naturally, your dog doesn’t have opposable thumbs or pockets, but you can tie the rings to his collar with a ribbon or find a custom-made ring holder.
  • Honored Guest — If your dog is better suited to a calmer, more restrained role, give him pride of place in the front row, sitting with someone he’s familiar with.

Decide whether he’ll also attend the reception. All of the activity, food, music, and noise may be too much for him, and he might be better off going home. The food may be too great a temptation; he might sneak the filet off the table, or guests may be tempted to feed him treats, including some, such as chocolate, that are harmful to dogs.

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Check with the venue. If you’re having the ceremony at a church or synagogue, dogs may not be allowed. If it’s an event venue, especially outdoors, many are amenable to a canine guest. Also, make sure any vendors — caterers, the band or DJ, florists, etc. — are aware of your plans.

Let your guests and wedding party know a dog will be present, so that those with allergies or a fear of dogs can plan accordingly.

Arrange for a dog sitter or handler, preferably someone your dog is comfortable with. You will be pretty busy getting married, and your dog needs someone to help keep him calm, engaged, and out of trouble. The sitter can also take him somewhere quiet after his starring role and provide water, food, and potty breaks. After all, wedding etiquette is not usually part of obedience school.

Choose your dog’s wedding attire. If yours is used to being dressed up, go ahead and choose a wedding-themed outfit. Make sure it’s comfortable and that she can go about her business in it. If your dog prefers to be au naturel, consider decorating his collar with a bow tie, ribbons, or (nontoxic) flowers.

Bring your dog to the venue before the wedding day to let him explore, sniff, and pee on everything at his leisure. He’ll be more comfortable on the big day, if he’s familiar with the terrain.

Rehearse your dog’s role, both at home and at the venue, as much as you can. You’ve wisely chosen a role that your dog can handle, right? Include him (and his sitter) in the rehearsal, so everyone knows the who, what, when, and where.

How to love your dog

Include your dog in photos (as if you’d leave her out!). Make sure the photographer you choose has experience photographing animals and that he knows what you expect.

Prepare a go-bag for your dog, with treats, a water bottle, toys, food, and anything else you think she’ll need.

If your dog won’t be attending the wedding, there are lots of opportunities to show how important he is to you.

  • Include him in a photo on your save-the-date card, invitation, and website.
  • Find a wedding-cake topper that displays a dog, along with the happy couple.
  • Use dog-themed accessories, like place cards, photo holders, or paw-print confetti.
  • Send thank-you notes from all three of you, with a family photo.
  • Wear a piece of jewelry celebrating your dog’s breed.

Expect the unexpected. In your perfect wedding scenario, your canine BFF is beautifully groomed, decked out, well behaved, and adored by all. Now let’s get real. The tips here are meant to make it easier to include your dog in this meaningful day. But dogs are dogs. Maybe yours bolts instead of making it down the aisle. Or needs a pee just before getting to the altar. Or jumps on you with less than immaculate paws. Take a deep breath, and then take it in stride with a sense of humor. If nothing else, it will be a source of great stories for years to come.

Dogs may be the key to less stress, better thinking and happier work.

These are stressful times and if you’re like most people, you are feeling the impact of stress in your work and your life. From the pandemic and world issues to weather crisises and work issues, we’re feeling the pressure.

People are struggling. A new study from the American Psychological Association found 84% of adults reported feeling the effects of prolonged stress including 47% who experienced anxiety, 44% who experienced sadness and 39% who experienced anger. And 67% of adults said they felt overwhelmed by the number of issues they were facing.

But reducing your stress and creating the conditions for greater happiness—in work and in life—may come from an unlikely source: your dog. You always knew it was great to spend time with your pooch, but he may have a greater impact than you thought—and you can increase the ways your dog helps you.

Prioritizing Pets

Dogs are a big part of our lives and evolution may play a part. In fact, dogs were the first species to be domesticated, going back 10,000 years. It is likely they afforded benefits to their owners, helping with hunting and offering companionship from the earliest days.

Today, people are extraordinarily committed to their pets, and a study of 2,600 pet parents by CertaPet found people make decisions based on the time they can spend with their dogs:

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  • 47% of pet owners experience separation anxiety when they are away from their dogs (76% of dogs experience anxiety when their owners are away)
  • 41% have cancelled plans because can’t take their dog along
  • 69% would prefer to work from home permanently for the sake of their dog

In addition, people may prioritize their dogs above their human relationships:

  • 70% would break up with someone who wouldn’t allow their dog to be around
  • 38% feel their dog is more important than significant other

Dogs offer emotional support and good company, without the complexities of human relationships—and they’re generally pretty cute as well. But their benefits are deeper too, and well-documented. Here’s why dogs offer such a great boon to your physical, mental and emotional health—and to your work.

Dogs Help You Think Better

Perhaps one of the least-known benefits of a dog is how Fido helps you think better. Research by Washington State University found interacting with dogs enhanced people’s executive function—their ability to think, plan, memorize and concentrate. And this effect lasted six weeks beyond contact with dogs.

Consider the power of this on your work: If your thinking is better, you can perform more easily and more effectively—contributing to greater happiness at work. And work tends to have a spillover effect. When you’re happier at work, you tend to experience greater joy in the rest of your life. So the ability to bring your best and apply your talents brilliantly will have a positive impact at work and at home—all thanks to your dog.

Dogs Help You Connect

Relationships with other humans are critical to our mental health. Even if you’re an introvert you need connections with others—even if they are minimal. Your dog can be a bridge to other humans, helping you meet people, connect and bond. A study by Virginia Commonwealth University found when dogs were present in the workplace, people got to know each other and had more conversations based on the four-legged visitors.

You’ve seen this effect in dog parks and on downtown walks, of course. A dog provides a signal of a common interest (you both love furry friends) and an opening for a conversation. A study by the University of Chicago found incidental connections—a quick exchange with the person in line for coffee or brief chat with the pet parent in the dog park—can contribute to happiness.

Your dog can be a source of connection with anyone, including colleagues. You see your coworker’s dog on camera during your virtual meeting or you hear them discussing the appointment they’ve made at the vet. These are fodder for points of discussion and connection which can create the conditions for happiness in your work.

Dogs Contribute to Physical Health

For years, studies (like this one from the University of Michigan) have found dogs contribute to physical health because of the physical activity that tends to go along with ownership—taking them for walks and even attending to their needs around the house. In addition, petting a dog reduces blood pressure and it can help with pain management by distracting people from their own physical or emotional conditions.

When you’re physically healthier, you’ll be able to work better and more effectively. You’ll have more energy for the big project and better endurance for the long-lasting effects of the pandemic on your work and life. Uncertainty about the future and ambiguity about how and when you’ll work tend to generate stress, but physical health helps you mitigate the effects and gives you more resilience to weather ups and the downs.

Dogs Reduce Stress

A recent study of over 6,000 participants by the University of York and the University of Lincoln found pets help reduce stress. This is partially because they provide emotional support and because they are tuned into humans. Brain scans of dogs at Emory University demonstrated that dogs are especially sensitive to human cues—helping to explain why their companionship is so meaningful—they are tuned into us in ways other humans may not be.

Dogs help reduce stress at home, but they can also reduce stress in the workplace. The study by Virginia Commonwealth University also investigated the employee experience when dogs were allowed to come to the office. It found people were measurably less stressed when dogs were present. This was true of the dog owners and of coworkers who were working around the dogs during the day.

When you’re less stressed, you can do better work and enjoy it more. Stress tends to narrow your perspective, and as a result, it can be tough to think creatively or solve problems. In addition, when you’re stressed, you may be more prickly or edgy, impacting negatively on your relationships with colleagues. When your dog reduces your stress, your work and your relationships can be improved in turn.

What’s To Love

So if you have a dog, appreciate her and all she can do to help you work better, reduce your stress levels and bring your best to your work. Take your dog for walks and enjoy time together in physical activity. Relax with your dog, enjoying the benefits of petting him or feeling his warmth as he lays on your feet during a virtual meeting with your boss. Look for people with whom you can connect based on common appreciation for your dogs, and embrace the ways your dog can enhance your thinking and your coping.

Gratitude is a pathway to happiness, so appreciate the role your dog plays in your life, focusing on all the positive effects of your canine companion. Times are stressful, but we’ll get through it, and our dogs will guide us through.

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When you love your dog, you want to take your pet with you wherever you go. Even if it means driving in the car. Although many dogs look forward to riding in the car, other dogs dread the experience and whine, drool, or even vomit. This can be due to motion sickness, a previous bad event in the car like an accident, or anxiety about being trapped inside a giant, moving machine. A dog can even be put off car trips if the usual destination is somewhere unpleasant like the vet. If your dog isn’t happy in the car, it can make everybody else miserable too. Teach your dog to ride in the car calmly and comfortably so your travel companion becomes a first-rate passenger.

Teach Your Dog to Love the Car

Although it’s easiest to prevent car problems in new puppies, any dog can be taught to associate the car with wonderful things using desensitization and counter-conditioning. Desensitization is a step-by-step method of gradually introducing your dog to the car. Counter-conditioning changes your dog’s emotional response from negative to positive by having great stuff happen near and inside the car.

Depending on how severely your dog reacts, you might have to teach your dog to ride in the car starting ten feet away while the car is parked in the driveway. Or maybe you can start with your dog on the back seat. The trick is to find the point where your dog is comfortable and relaxed then slowly move closer and closer. At each stage of the process, give your dog something beloved like a special toy, delicious treats, or a meal. You can even play games together or have a trick training session. Anything goes if it helps your dog link the car with food and fun. Only move closer when your dog is completely relaxed at the current stage. If your dog stops eating or playing, you’ve moved too fast. Simply take a step or two backward until your dog relaxes then start again. You might be inside the car in minutes, or it might take weeks. Be patient and move at your dog’s pace.

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Now it’s time to add the other elements that precede a drive. For example, sitting in the driver’s seat, closing the doors, or making the remote locks beep. Again, pair each step with something wonderful. Toss treats in the back seat or play tug-of-war together. Remember, dogs should be safely secured in a moving car, so incorporate a crate or car harness attached to a seat belt into your dog training routine. To teach your dog to ride in the car, your final step should be turning the car on and off. Don’t go anywhere yet, just let your dog associate the sound of the engine with food, fun, and games.

Teach Your Dog to Enjoy Riding in the Car

Now that your dog looks forward to getting in the car, you can add motion to the mix. Start with incredibly short distances, like the end of the driveway and back. Continue to build the time spent driving by short increments. Just as you did before, make every trip as pleasant as possible. Praise your dog while you drive and use encouraging cheerful banter. If you can enlist a helper to ride beside your dog and give positive rewards as you travel, even better. When you start venturing away from home, choose destinations you know your dog will enjoy. For example, drive to the park a few blocks away or the woods outside of your neighborhood. Get out and let your dog play and explore before returning home.

In no time, your dog should look forward to car trips because the drive itself is enjoyable and the destinations are fun. Of course, after you teach your dog to ride in the car, not all your destinations will be pleasant. Trips to the vet or groomer may be stressful. Be sure those destinations are few and far between and when they are necessary, always take toys or treats to sweeten the deal.

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Prevent Dog Motion Sickness

Puppies are more likely than adult dogs to get sick in the car, but many will grow out of their motion sickness as they mature. For those who don’t, fortunately, the steps above can help your dog become accustomed to a moving car. But if an upset stomach from motion sickness or anxiety still bothers your dog, here are a few tips to help ease your dog’s tummy:

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Why Does Your Dog Get Hard?

Displacement Behaviors

Whatever animals you raise at home, it is a good idea to learn about their displacement behaviors. Getting hard or horny is common in animals and humans. The term “displacement behavior” is used to indicate behaviors that are out of context, which means the animal does not act naturally according to what evolution tells it to do. When there is a certain conflict within the animal or outside the animal that prevents it from acting normally, displacement behaviors happen.

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Some examples of displacement behaviors include birds pecking tree branches when they cannot make a choice between fighting or fleeing. Your displacement behavior may be biting nails when you are confused or trying to hide something.

Similarly, in dogs, displacement behaviors can be scratching even though there is nothing itchy, shaking fur when the fur is not even wet, yawning when not sleepy, etc. For some dogs, humping is the display of a displacement behavior. Your dog can hump or get hard when it is in a conflict or stress to which it has not found a solution.

Excessive Sex Hormones

The adrenal glands, testes and ovaries in dogs create a hormone called Androgens. This hormone can be found mostly in male dogs, but it has also been found in female ones at low extents. You can tell if your dog has too many of Androgens by examining its hair and skin around its tail and rump.

In dogs which have not been through castration, Androgens is called Hyperandrogenism. It is the high level of Hyperandrogenism that causes dogs to feel an incredibly powerful sex drive. This is why we see some dogs get so hard and horny in broad daylight.

Display of Sexual Behavior

Humping, mounting, and masturbation are normal sexual behaviors in dogs. A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that only intact dogs or dogs that have not been spayed / neutered feel the desire to engage in sexual behaviors. But the sexual drive is natural for most of the animals.

Spayed dogs do feel the need to be sexually excited. They just feel it less frequently and less strongly than intact dogs. Female dogs tend to mount other dogs, objects and people just like their male counterparts when they are sexually driven. In a word, if your dog gets hard sometimes and does weird things, it is all natural and does not need intervention.

They Are Just Playing

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To humans, it is very weird and somewhat appalling to hump our friends every time we hang out with them or greet them. But to dogs, this behavior is totally natural. Humping is a part of their play. When dogs just hump for fun with friends, they get hard but don’t usually ejaculate. Dogs who hump their friends excessively during play are poorly socialized dogs. They simply get too excited when they have someone else to play with.

Display of Dominance

Dogs, especially male ones, can get hard and hump to show clearly that they are the pack leaders. When they hump other dogs, they are sending out the message that they are superior and more power, and therefore, everyone else should follow their lead.

Medical Reasons

If you catch your dog getting hard and humping way too many times, you should take it to the vet to check for health complications. There are many medical issues that can cause dogs’ abnormal sexual behaviors, including skin allergies, urinary incontinence, urinary tract problems, and priapism. These health issues can also cause dogs to excessively lick or chew the genital area, and rub themselves against things.

How to Make a Dog Hard

Most animals can be sexually stimulated in the sensitive genital area. So for dogs, you just have to use your hand or something to masturbate your dog’s sexual organ.

You should start gently so that your dog won’t be startled and run away. You may need to hold its legs firmly to make it stay put. When the dog has got used to the situation, you can speed up the process.

After a while, the dog will have an erection, but that’s not the highest point yet. At this stage, stimulate the sexual organ in a circumferential motion. The dog will move a lot at this stage, so you have to hold it firmly. When you do it hard enough, your dog is guaranteed to ejaculate.

We want you to always bear in mind that unnatural stimulation without the dog’s consent will hurt it. If you do not get it right, the dog’s sexual organ will suffer. And it is likely to become distressed. You can ruin your relationship with the dog if things go wrong. You should only think about this practice if it is really necessary for the dog’s sake. Consult your vet or a dog professional before undertaking this task.

When Are Your Dog Ready To Get Hard?

Do not encourage getting hard and humping at an early stage of a dog’s life. Many dog parents find their puppies’ humping very cute and wish to maintain that behavior so that pictures can be taken. Getting hard and humping can be cute when dogs are little, but when they grow up, it just starts to get weird. If you don’t want your dog to get hard out of nowhere and hump your guests, you should stop such behavior at its early age.

How to love your dog

How do you correct that behavior from the beginning? When your puppy starts to get hard and hump, distract him by giving him something more interesting to do. For example, you can take a stroll with him or bring out his favorite toys.

If your dog has grown up and the inappropriate behavior is already a fixed habit, you need obedience training from experts who know exactly what should do and what shouldn’t do.


For the last words, we’d like to stress again the importance of consulting a vet or a professional before you attempt this practice. You have read about how to make a dog hard and you have the correct information, but that does not mean the task will go smoothly and your dog won’t be put at health risks.

Please be a responsible owner and have your dog’s best interest at heart. Don’t forget to leave your comment below. Thank you for reading!

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