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Old 12-08-2014, 04:14 PM
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8 month old puppy showing dominance to other puppies

So my newly neutered 8 month old puppy is showing some dominance when meeting other puppies. He will growly and pin them. Then after a few growls and pins he wants to play. I don't think he would hurt another dog but it could escalate to that point I'm sure if I don't stop it now. He gets along great with older dogs and is my 2 year old black labs best friend. He also has another lab friend who is 6 months old but he has done the same thing to him for the first few meetings but they play awesome together. Does anyone have an suggestions as to curb this inappropriate greeting? Do you think the neuter will help? He was neutered 2 days ago.

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So my newly neutered 8 month old puppy is showing some dominance when meeting other puppies. He will growly and pin them. Then after a few growls and pins he wants to play. I don't think he would hurt another dog but it could escalate to that point I'm sure if I don't stop it now. He gets along great with older dogs and is my 2 year old black labs best friend. He also has another lab friend who is 6 months old but he has done the same thing to him for the first few meetings but they play awesome together. Does anyone have an suggestions as to curb this inappropriate greeting? Do you think the neuter will help? He was neutered 2 days ago.

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Not dominance. Puppies are just more rough with other puppies because that's how puppies play. Don't confuse play growls with aggression.
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Just typical puppy social awkwardness. Sort of like how teenagers might try and make friends by walking up and punching another kid in the arm. Would they do this to an adult? Heck, no. But with someone that they are less intimidated by, it seems like a good idea at the time.

When greeting new puppies, do so on a leash so that he can't 'practice' this behaviour any and is forced to use the rest of his body in order to communicate that he wants to play. If you anticipate being around puppies or small dogs, exercise him well beforehand so that he has the patience and focus to try and pay attention to their body language. Continued socialization with his current buddies will also help, as dogs really do copy social 'moves' from each other.
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Thanks for the replies! haha i laughed it really is like he is trying to be friends but walks up and punches them in the face first. I will continue to socialize him and continue to keep him on a leash to prevent the behavior. my black lab was such a quiet but confident puppy never did anything like this before. my pushy little chocolate though is a different story
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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/
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