Just curious to know if anyone else has experience with dogs that like to dominate pillows. If Sam wasn't spayed we'd have lots of little pillows by now. She just grabs 'em by the scruff of their necks and has a good time. It's a habit that she came with and she'll give herself away by banging her head on the wall behind the couch. (The pillows are removable). We don't encourage this behaviour because we don't want any damage done to the pillows.
She's a dominant dog (I think) because she marks territory on walks like a male does, but doesn't try to mount other dogs at the park.
Anybody have any ideas on why she likes pillows?
Hehe. Davis "loves" his pillow often. Not the couch ones but the dog pillow that sits in our living room. Im not sure why they do it but hey, they are having fun O.o
we had a foster that loved the pillows...I beleive she still does. No worries...better the pillow than your leg eh?
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Jasper loves pillows but not in a mating sort of way !
It all started when he was a pup and he picked up and ran with one of the pillows.
I chased him to retrieve the pillow and he thought and still does think that it's a great game.
Now - every morning and I mean every morning as soon as i am out of the bed, he grabs the pillow with his mouth - holding it down on the bed with his front paws and challenges me to come and get it showing the whites of his eyes !
As you might imagine my pillow turn over is quite high !
It's dominance. There isn't another dog or person to dominate so she dominates an inanimate object.
Our spayed 8 yrs old Golden does this...sheesh talk about silly looking!!! I have caught her humping my fall decorations(scarecrow) in the yard!! She also does it to her rug :
SU thinks she is psycho :P
She does it because it feels good. I honestly don't believe dogs "dominate" pillows, toys or other inanimate objects - that's just contrary to logic and science.
If it bothers you, give her a mild verbal correction and redirect her to a more appropriate activity.
Ellie does this with her dog begs. She drags them around and shakes them and does her thing We were just talking about this last night and how we thought it was a dominance thing.
Hahahahah - Marlan used to do 'it' with his pillow. He has stopped since we neutered him.
I'm a proud owner of a "pillow humper" too. We're not sure why she does it - it doesn't seem to be consistent. Sometimes she does it when she's excited/happy - sometimes its when we tell her no and she's not happy. We thought it was a dominate issue - but she's kinda a pansy so I'm not sure dominate explains it.
I have to say it can be embarrassing when you have guests over ;D