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Doggy Style Sex

Updated: JUNE 1, 2022

Doggy style sex is intercourse in a rear-entry sex position in which the receiving partner crouches down on all fours. This position is good for vaginal or anal sex. It makes the receiving partner's vagina and/or anus more accessible to the penetrating partner.

diagram of the doggy style sex position - a rear-entry sex position in which the receiving partner crouches down on all fours.

To have doggy style sex, the receiving partner gets down on all fours. They support their weight on their hands and knees and face away from their partner. Their penetrating partner stands or kneels behind them. They put their hands on the receiving partner’s waist and guide their penis or strap-on dildo into their partner’s vagina or anus. The penetrating partner might keep their hands on their partner’s hips for leverage. They could also reach around to play with their partner’s genitals or nipples.

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The penetrating partner thrusts through the hips. This makes it a good position for penetrating partners who suffer lower back pain. The penetrating partner typically takes the most active role in doggy style sex. However, receiving partners can get more involved by wiggling and bouncing against their partner. These actions help receiving partners take more control of the depth and pace of penetration.

Doggy style sex gets its name because the position mimics the one mating dogs use.

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There are several different variations of Doggy style sex. One variation sees the penetrating partner holding the receiving partner's arms behind their back (like the Turtle sex position). This version puts the penetrating partner in an even more dominant position which can be very erotic.

Another popular variation has the receiving partner resting on their elbows (as shown in the Backdoor position). This facilitates deeper penetration and stimulates the G-spot or P-spot. When couples use this variation for anal sex, it may help the receiving partner experience anal orgasm.

There are a few more modifications that can make penetration even deeper. Penetrating partners could wrap their partners up in a towel or sex strap to keep their backside elevated. As a bonus, this also reduces pressure on the knees. The receiving partner can also enjoy deeper penetration by spreading their knees further apart. Maintaining this position is more challenging, but a pillow or sex furniture can provide extra support.

The deep penetration associated with doggy style sex isn’t to everyone’s tastes, though. Receiving partners may find doggy style sex more enjoyable if they shift their body position slightly. Moving the knees closer together, moving hands back closer to the knees, and arching the back can all reduce the impact of deep penetration. Using a penis limiter like the OhNut can also reduce penetration depth and make the sex position more comfortable for the receiver.

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Doggy style sex is not a very difficult style of sex to master. However, some receiving partners may feel pressure as their partner thrusts. Placing a pillow or wedge under the receiving partner’s stomach can reduce this pressure and make doggy style sex more pleasurable.

Some receiving partners used to taking a more passive role in sex may find doggy style sex tests their endurance. They may find leaning forward, so their hips are raised, but their head is against the bed, which is more comfortable. This is shown in the Flat Doggy position.

A height difference can also make doggy style sex challenging. If the receiving partner is much shorter, kneeling will elevate their hips into the correct position rather than crouching on all four. Pillows can also add a few inches to either partner. If that is not solving the height difference, the penetrating partner can stand while the receiving partner kneels on the edge of a bed or piece of sex furniture to help reduce the height difference (as shown in the Bound Love Triangle position).

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