12-08-2014, 11:14 PM
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Unfortunately, I wouldn't count on neutering to help. Also, while Idk that I would necessarily be worried about aggression, I totally agree with you on wanting to get a handle on this. Growling, biting necks and some pinning can be normal play behavior. You should be seeing loose wiggly bodies, swapping roles, and allowing the pinned dog up. If there is stiffness and insisting the pinned dog stay down, then yeah, you may well be looking at aggression or at least signs of trouble.
Anyway, even if this is playful behavior, it is not polite behavior for greeting, especially unfamiliar dogs. Greeting a less tolerant dogs this way is a good way to start a fight. And even if a dog tolerates it, you're likely to come acroos a lot of people who won't like this type of greeting. At 8 months I'm not convinced that additional socialization will resolve this on its own. I do think you're likely to need to prevent him from doing this (like anything else, the more he practices it the more likely it will be he will do it again in the future) and actively teach a new and appropriate greeting. I do think having a good trainer take a look and help you teach polite greetings would be really great. The method I would likely suggest is this one. Other trainers may have other creative options, this is just what comes to mind atm. https://dogmantics.com/teach-your-pu...ings-on-leash/
And just in case you do want to find a trainer. https://www.dogforum.com/training-beh...iorist-113946/
Last edited by kmes; 12-08-2014 at 11:19 PM.