The title might not be the best description for what it happening but I would like reassurance or possible advice on our current situation. Our 7 month old male Samoyed, Albert, has gone through some great changes since we first got him at 9 weeks old. I was previously on Dog Forum for help on typically puppy behaviors but he is now at the miraculous point where he will stay in the same room with us without getting rowdy or trying to go somewhere else in the house more "fun".
I know he is now reaching the age where he might start acting out and testing limits but I will enjoy this while I can and remind myself that when it's all said and done he will be a civilized part of the family
But I am now returning to the forums for help on an issue that has started to come up: Albert loves to play with other dogs - so much that he will start to annoy them.
A few weeks back we went to a party for a 1 year old female Golden Retriever. There was also a 7 month old male Australian Shepard. They were having a great time and I could tell Albert was actually getting worn out (a miracle). When it came time for the Golden to open her presents, Albert actually went after one of the new toys and the Golden growled and snapped at him. I know how Albert plays and he wasn't going after the toy to keep it for himself, he uses it as a way to get other dogs to chase him. If they don't chase he runs right back to them, shoves the toy in their face and runs so they follow. That part gets annoying, even for us because he will try to do the same when we are on the couch. He's slowly getting the hint with us because we ignore him until he drops it on the floor or takes a few steps back.
He is insistent
with other dogs. He regularly spends time with his aunts (a 3 year old female Lab and a 5 year old female Pug) when we head to our parent's house. He will NOT stop trying to play even when the other dogs are clearly trying to relax. The lab will growl at him (I never witnessed it) but he will still try until they finally remove him from her presence.
When the dogs growl or snap at him I don't do anything. I don't know if I should? I want him to get the hint and read the signs other dogs give him unless the other dog is clearly
agitated to the point of biting, which has not been the case yet. Is this something he needs to learn on his own? Should I be doing something? I wonder if it has to do because Samoyed's are pack driven dogs. I can't tell if maybe he is trying to test his place with other dogs. Everything I read though tells me that as long as the owner
acts as pack leader the dog should never feel like they need to assert themselves. I have tried what I can to assert myself (without the submissive rolling) but is it not enough?