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12 Variations on the Doggy Style Sex Position for Booty Lovers

If you love doin' it in doggy, you NEED to try these positions.

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Ask people to name their favorite sex position, and there's a good chance they'll say doggy style. A 2016 survey of 2,000 people in the U.S., U.K., and Europe found that 35% of people ranked doggy as their all-time fave position, with missionary and cowgirl taking second and third place, respectively.

The results are no surprise. Doggy style is freakin’ awesome! For those who need a refresher, doggy style is when the receiving partner (or "bottom") rests on all fours, and the penetrative partner (or "top") enters them from behind. It's the same way dogs hump each other—hence, the name. So why is it so amazing? For one, if you're the top, you get to see your partner's booty bounce. Yes, please. You're also perfectly positioned to dabble in impact play, such as erotic spanking or hair-pulling—only if you're both into it, obviously. Doggy style also allows the top partner to go deeper inside their partner, which could potentially lead to a blended orgasm for the bottom, if they have a vulva.

But even doggy style can grow boring after a while if you don't mix it up. We know it's hard to believe, but it's true. You could pivot to missionary or cowgirl, orrrr you could try out one of these steamy doggy style variations. There are plenty of doggy style-adjacent sex positions you can try out if you’re someone who loves giving or receiving sex “from behind.” Here are 12 doggy style sex positions to try out tonight. You're welcome.

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1 The Fire Hydrant
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@alliefolino

From doggy style, the bottom lifts up one of their legs, and the top slides their leg under them. This position is great because the top can get extra deep. (With the one leg up, there isn't as much booty insulation acting as a barrier to depth.)

2 The Flatiron
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@alliefolino

The Flatiron is a classic sex position and should absolutely be part of your regular sexual repertoire. It allows for suuuper deep penetration, and if you and your partner are into it, the top can pin the bottom by holding their arms down (as depicted in the image)!

3 Leapfrog
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@alliefolino

The Leapfrog is similar to doggy style, only in this position the bottom isn't on their knees. The soles of their feet are placed firmly on the ground. From this position, the top can really take control by thrusting forcefully into their partner.

4 Standing Wheelbarrow
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@alliefolino

Needless to say, this isn't the easiest position to get into. It requires immense shoulder, core, and glute strength from the bottom, and the top needs to have solid upper body strength to keep the bottom from following down. But if you and your partner can finagle it, you'll be in heaven. It hits all the right angles for the bottom and the top gets the best view of ass imaginable.

5 Seated Wheelbarrow
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@alliefolino

If Standing Wheelbarrow is too much, then have a go at the seated wheelbarrow. From here, the bottom doesn't have to support themselves as much and the top can really relax and take in the view. It's also easy to spank the bottom's butt from this position.

6 Spoon(ing)
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@alliefolino

The Spooning sex position is another classic on the list. What's great about this position is that you can still kiss your partner while doing them from behind (or the side). Few other "from behind" positions allow for making out. Thus, this position is more intimate than other ones on the list.

7 The Pretzel
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@alliefolino

This position is probably the furthest one from traditional doggy style, but it's still a winner. It's yet another position that allows for deep penetration. You can also easily grab your partner's ass or play with their clitoris while in the Pretzel.

8 Standing Dragon
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@alliefolino

It's like doggy, only the top is standing behind their partner as the bottom is on all fours on the bed. This position can be frustrating if the alignment isn't right. But when the top doesn't have to bend their knees to penetrate the bottom, it's a hell of a position.

9 The Restroom Attendant
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@alliefolino

There isn't enough bathroom sex in the world! You see it all the time in movies, but how many of us are actually running into a restroom and doing a nice little quickie with our partner?

This position is great because the bottom can support themselves with the sink, tilting their hips in whichever direction that allows the top to penetrate even further.

10 The Couch Surfer
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@alliefolino

If you have a couch, it's time to put it to good use. In this position, the bottom leans over the side of the couch and the top grabs them by their hips. From there, the top penetrates. For additional sensation, have the bottom partner cross their ankles. This will squeeze their vaginal and gluteal muscles around your penis for extra stimulation.

11 Standing Doggy
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@alliefolino

Also known as the "Quickie Fix," Standing Doggie gives you all the benefits of regular doggy style—deep penetration and the ability to really thrust into your partner—but the standing element offers something new. You can also hit different angles from this position, which is a plus. The bottom partner can hold onto something sturdy, like a table or desk, for additional support.

12 The Swiss Ball Blitz
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@alliefolino

You don't just have to use the medicine ball to work out, ya know? You can use it for sex! Thank God. With the Swiss Ball Blitz, the top sits down regularly on the medicine and the bottom straddles the top, placing their legs on the outside. From there, the bottom can ride. (Plus, you both get a great core workout!)

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