It is true that humans and dogs may have quite some similarities since we are both mammals but there is a clear difference in their genetics and the way each of them experience sex. Dog’s cycles and experiences are very much different from that of humans when it comes to sexual activities.
If this is the case, then you might be curious to find out what dogs experience while mating and why exactly they involve in sexual activities like mating and masturbation. In this article, we would be discussing all of that and more. Read on!
Can Female Dogs Orgasm?
We cannot categorically say whether or not a female dog can orgasm, although wild orgasms are quite peculiar to humans, I would say. Humans engage in sexual activities for the pleasure that they would derive from it and the for the sake of reproducing and having a family. This is not the case for dogs.
According to Bekoff’s analysis of the subject, dogs actually enjoy sex but it is impossible to measure just how much they enjoy it. We can neither refute nor agree with his claims but going by their body languages and facial expressions, it is quite certain that female dogs do not derive any form of pleasure from sexual intercourse.
If they do not experience orgasm or any form of pleasure from sex, what they do they feel when they engage in sexual intercourse with their male counterparts?
Studies and research have shown that the female dog can experience pain when having sex. The male dog usually inserts his erect penis into the female vagina and remains inside her until his penis gets back to shape. The female dog can feel pain with this action for one of two reasons.
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If her vagina is too narrow to accommodate the swollen, erect penis of the male dog, penetration could be discomforting and painful. Also, if the male dog gets spooked by anything and has to pull his penis out of her vagina while it is still swollen and erect, this can cause pain in the female dog’s vagina.
Do Dogs Masturbate?
Of course! Both male and female dogs masturbate. Technically, they rub their private parts (pelvis for male and vulva for female) against something or simply apply some form of friction on it until they have an orgasm. Female dogs mostly masturbate when they are in heat and have strong sexual desires.
As for male dogs, when their sexual libido is at its highest level, they tend to masturbate. Once they do not find another dog of the opposite sex to help them with their urges, they take to masturbation.
More so, if a dog is neutered or spayed during adulthood, they will most certainly retain the memories of their sexual pleasures and keep indulging in masturbation until they are able to get over the habit after some time.
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Why Do Dogs masturbate?
As we earlier mentioned, masturbation is not a rarity with dogs, however this act can be triggered by various factors. Here is a list of some of the possible reasons for dogs masturbating:
Heightened sexual libido in a male dog and heat cycle in a female dog can be a trigger for masturbation. If they do not get sexual satisfaction from the opposite sex during this period, they would get sexual release in the next possible way, which is masturbation. This is the most common reason for dogs masturbating.
The Need To Assert Dominance
Your dog might not even be sexually aroused but in a bid to assert his dominance over another dog, he takes to mounting and humping the other dog.
This action is quite arousing and your dog can get an erection from humping and mounting the other dog. This is not limited to only male dogs. Female dogs also mount and hump but it is more rampant with male dogs.
It Is A Habit
Your dog might have masturbated to the point where it has become a habit and now, she does it subconsciously, even when she doesn’t need to. You might need to consult a behavioral specialist if your dog keeps humping and masturbating every time. With time, they should be able to get over the habit.
Your Dog Is Feeling Bored
It is important that you keep your dog busy throughout the day, with exercises and other fun activities that will help them expend energy. This is because an idle dog would most likely resort to masturbating. This is a normal thing with dogs. For lack of a better thing to keep them busy, they begin to pleasure themselves.
Stress And Anxiety
When your dog is feeling stressed on overly anxious over certain situations, they may decide please themselves and masturbate in order to relieve stress and ease their nerves. To help your dog get over this, give them proper training on how to handle these peculiar situations without having to resort to masturbation.
Dogs sometimes confuse excitement with sexual arousal. This is because they cannot quite distinguish or differentiate their emotions rightly. When they feel excited and confuse it for arousal, they tend to mount the object or dog that is responsible for their excitement.
Memories Of Sexual Pleasure
Right after you might have spayed or neutered your dog, there is a chance that from time to time, they might relive the memories of their sexual activities including masturbation. This is because spaying and neutering only puts an end to the sexual impulses but doesn’t rid them of the pleasurable memories.
It is normal for dogs to hump each other during playtime. Puppies do not see a big deal in humping while playing with other dogs and do get aroused by the action but the opposite is the case for adult dogs, especially those who are not well socialized. They can get turned on from humping other dogs during playtime.
How Do Female Dogs Masturbate?
Female dogs usually lick or rub their private parts to masturbate. Although you would often find them humping other dogs, objects or even people, they most likely not masturbating. Humping for them is more of a show of dominance than masturbation.
However, humping can make them aroused and then they go ahead to lick themselves and get sexual release. Male dogs are more likely to masturbate by humping than female dogs.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can Dogs Get Turned On By Humans?
Dogs might seem to be very close to humans, mostly their owners, they might even become over-protective or show some form of jealousy when their owners get cozy with their partners. This can be as a result of many factors but certainly not sexual attraction.
Dogs experience sexual attraction in a different way than humans. For a male dog, what attracts him sexually to a female dog is the unique odor that comes from her anus, indicating her sexual desire. Humans do not possess this.
It is advised that you get your dog spayed or neutered if you do not plan to mate them as continued sexual deprivation can lead to sexual frustration which could breed negative behavioral changes in your dog. If you were curious about the female dog and her response to sexual activities, I hope this article was helpful.