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was i out of line?

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the subject of dog aggression and (poor) handler behavior has come up lately and i wonder if i was out of line today - can someone please clarify what the appropriate protocol is for how to handle repetitive humping? for example, we were at my usual park today and a dog was being mildly aggressive toward shaia - hackles raised, repeatedly lunging at her throat/dragging her around by the neck. not hurting her, but shaia was ineffectively trying to fight his dog off. she would end up on her back on the ground (she is very submissive) and when she would try to get up, he would hump her back down to the ground. she would get up and get away and he would come after her again, same deal. 99% of the time (well, 100% of the time up to this point) i stand back and let them work it out. after this went on for a while (shaia being humped to the ground) and the owner didn't intervene, i grabbed the dog's collar and said "enough" and dragged the dog off my dog. the owner then grabbed her dog and left. was i out of line? is it ok to intervene when someone else's dog is repeatedly humping your dog? shaia wasn't being hurt by this dog but was clearly uncomfortable, and more than anything else, i was really annoyed. i felt weird about it afterward though.
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I don't think you were out of line. There's something to be said for letting the dogs work it out...but after awhile...I don't blame you.

Once at the park this enormous dogs was humping Kirby and the other dog's owner and we both quickly stopped that. Kirby is 42 lbs and the other dogs is 100 and neither of us wanted the dog to hurt him. When it is excessive or potentially harmful I would interfere too.
Em makes a good point. You can never be sure if another dog is aggressive so I would try verbally correcting first. My husband has pulled a dog or too off of ours...but it's only after 1) trying to let the dogs work it out 2) verbally correcting and 3) if it's obviously getting bad asking "who's dog is this"...and if no response then pull the dog off.

Kirby humps Dex all the time...but we are able to get him to stop with verbal commands (and sometimes by clapping our hands).
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