Max is humping, more so than "typical" which was rare. I don't know exactly why it's escalated but I intend to address it at his next appt with his vet. It used to be that he would hump when he was very visibly overstimulated, like when we would have lots of friends over for dinner or whatnot and it took a long time to get to that point. Lately he's having trouble regulating and managing those stressors, to the point that small, otherwise normal things, like me putting on my shoes before a walk, will trigger it. We've tried to put shoes on earlier and sit for a while before taking him and do other things to make triggers less so but he humps regardless because the act of putting on shoes is enough to raise his arousal. This is just one example but the behavior is getting more frequent. This really started ramping up about 2 months ago, about when his eyes went haywire with ulcers.
I know that he humps when he's overstimulated. I get it. It's a soothing behavior for him. I don't object to the humping, per se. I object to being the one humped. So, without intentionally triggering a situation, how do I get him to redirect? I would ideally like to have one object, probably a pillow, that he can hump with abandon whenever he needs to. I would also like, for the sake of company, be able to take the pillow to another room so we don't have to stare uncomfortably as he wildly humps a pillow. Because, well...awkward. Any ideas?
Max "the ninja"-American Cocker Spaniel G-day 3/2009
Charlie "the middle child"- Orange Tabby G-day 7/2005
Sadie - Grey Tabby 9/1996-8/4/2012 RIP