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Why do dogs hump?

Owning a dog that humps furniture, other dogs or people can lead to comic, but profoundly embarrassing moments. Most people assume that the dog is a sex pest or asserting dominance. 

However, there are many reasons for a dog humping, finding the root cause can help to curtail or reduce the behaviour.

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Is my dog having a false pregnancy?

False pregnancy is most commonly seen in the female dog (although cats may rarely be affected). Hormone changes after a ‘season’ or heat convince her and her body that she is pregnant. It is sometimes called phantom pregnancy or pseudopregnancy. The hormone changes that cause false pregnancy are normal in the dog but sometimes the symptoms get out of hand and are distressing for the dog and her owners. 

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