Hello I have a 7 month old yellow lab who is driving me insane lol how do you owners deal ?
He definitely backs off when corrected. Sometimes, he'll just back off altogether and look for a different playmate or sometimes he'll do a play bow and get them to play with him. But as I said, corrections by other dogs are way more effective. I once tried to pry him off another dog when he was humping (he gets a really good grip!) and that escalated the situation; the other dog snarled and snapped and then Atlas started snarling back, which he normally doesn't do. So that makes me all the more hesitant to interfere. The problem is that some of Atlas' best playmates hump. They take turns doing it to each other, maybe a just a few seconds until the other dog squirms away or flips the other one over. They are super great playmates and I never have any concerns about them playing. But none of them get upset by it, so I think he is shocked at the dog park when he gets corrected by other dogs for this behavior. I can try to seek out playmates that do correct him, but his favorite buddies don't... I just don't know what to do at the dog park because my instinct is to let the other dog correct him (so I'm not escalating the situation), but some owners get so upset about the humping that I feel like they expect an intervention. How do other folks deal with this? I hope none of the owners of the other dogs threaten me with a paternity suit ;-)Start with the humping - As long as he backs off and does not escalate when corrected, you're OK, just 'rude' ... possibly in 'danger' from the 'attacked' dog, but we'll go from there. If he does a play bow and a play bark when corrected, he's probably going in the correct direction. There is a 4yo Lab that humps my dog, and also a 1yo *female* [!] that humps him. (I've threatened the owners of those neutered dogs with a paternity suit is they get my neutered dog pregnant ;-) ). My dog is learning to snark and correct without escalating, and those dogs are learning [slowly] not to hump, as my dog 'anticipates' the hump. I don't know if you have the option of exposing your dog to more dogs that will correct him without trying to hurt him.
Aso, you can try to step in, saying "Don't hump" or "Sit!, snap on the leash, lead him to a timeout, and make him Sit for 30 seconds or so. The downside is that your presence may escalate things, or the other dog may follow y'all and try to play [which is a good thing!]. It sounds like he loves to play and that he needs to burn off energy through some rough & tumble, so keep him safe, and try to let him play more with dogs that safely correct him. It doesn't matter if they 'slap him around' as long as they don't chase after him when he disengages, and the don't escalate or try to actually bite him, only snap at him. Unfortunately, some other dogs may learn to hump from him to initiate play ... You don't want that either.
I'm not sure I understand the difference, could you clarify?With the teenager interaction, try to pay attention to the barks - Were they high alarm, or were they "we are still not yet friends, but you are not a threat" barks. A trend that I've noticed is that high alarm bark frequency may go down, while stranger-for-now barks will replace the alarm barks. Most research and trainers worry about the high alarm, so I haven't found resources that discuss the "stranger to friend" barks .... You may become the expert. ;-)
Could you clarify why it's not good for the person to get on Atlas' level? I've noticed that he sometimes gets more scared if the person bends over him or raises a hand over him, but my thinking has been that if they get down on his level, that would help, no?Ask the cooperative victim to remove his hat and sunglasses; NOT to bend down over Atlas or at his level; to stand still and talk with you calmly [if possible], while ignoring Atlas and not looking at Atlas, and let Atlas sniff him ... for a few minutes.