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Good Lord. *shaking head*
I do not allow my dogs to hump each other while playing.
Part of discouragement is being watchful and knowing when one or the other dog is getting too excited. <= At which point, I break it up and send dogs apart to cool down. If you have obedience trained dogs, they will immediately stop when you tell them, and that's it.
Alternatively, dogs will hump because another dog smells WONDERFUL. This is not just a dog being is season. It could also be the smell of infection.
Regardless, it's a very obnoxious dog thing. I don't permit it, and quite honestly if your dog were trying to hump my dog and you were standing there not doing anything to stop it - I would swoop in and throw your dog dog into a pin because... hell! My dog doesn't deserve to be harassed by your dog.
Might add for anyone who thinks this is a natural dog thing that should be allowed and whatnot....
When we still had Arthur (collie), he was wonderful for training the young goldens. Any humping behaviors would have sent that dog into a fury. LOL. Not just a young idiot dog attempting to hump him (spitting in the eye of God), but also humping our other dog. Arth was a good dog. He was all of 55 pounds of fury when offended, but he never fought with any dogs. This is what you get with a dog who is dominant alpha type - he can send the young dogs scuttling with just a look.
Other dogs are not that great and they would break into a full dog fight to the death if your dog tried humping them. This is natural dog behavior. <= Golden breeders have attempted to breed that kind of thing out of the dogs... but other breeds have not.
Practical and responsible owner tip aside from the above... monitor your dogs. Know when they are start starting to do the kinky shuffle - and hollar at them to knock it off. At the start, this means you getting up and going out to take your dog by the collar and lead him away (putting an end to all play). As your dog gets the idea - he will stop when you tell him.