Maybe using the term "playdate" is misleading. At least once a week I have a supervised play session between my puppy and 1-3 other well known dogs. This is not a free for all. This was the first dog park we visited.
At around 4mo old, I talked to my kids about not hugging. I reminded them about a week before, and my 7yr old waited til I walked out of room to hug him. We don't allow hugging.
I did do an early on class with him, and he knows his obedience very well. He can do all basic obedience very well, and he walks in the heel position on all walks.
I love the Nothing in Life is Free! I follow through on this with all interactions. I recognized 4 weeks ago my 7 yr old (which is the least assertive person in our house) needed to follow through on this better, and over the last 4 weeks we have spent a lot of time on the relationship between them. Now I carefully watch all interactions between them to make sure the puppy isn't getting away with inappropriate behavior. When playing fetch, he has to sit before the ball is thrown, before eating he has to sit and wait patiently, before going through doors or exiting the crate sit-stay.
As for the resource guarding I was caught by surprise. This specific puppy is another intact male, and they've played about dozen times. Usually my puppy is quick to submit to other dogs, but not with this individual. We have not met up with them since.
We're a super active family, and I spent A LOT of time on socialization. When he does appear protective in public a quick command (sit, look, down, etc) redirects him quickly and he's focused on me, no longer concerned with the stranger. All but the one exception a little more than a week ago.
Thanks for all your advice/thoughts so far...please keep them coming.
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