Originally Posted by Baillif
It isn't about dominance it's more about fun. For one reason or another the puppy has discovered entertainment value in harassing her over you and your son, likely because you or your son are more likely to give him a negative consequence for the behavior or because you two just don't squirm and give responses he finds entertaining. I'm guessing the first option since he tones it down when you're around, but he might just divert more attention to you guys and harass her less because his attention is elsewhere.
Either way it's fixable through management or her redirecting the pup and tiring him out. He wants to play with her that much is clear.
Swatting him if done lightly he might just think is part of the game. Some puppies like that kinda crap and get really into it. I know this sounds like blaming the victim here but she's bringing that response down on herself.
Sometimes if we are sitting in the lawn chairs he will jump up just his front feet and be in her face, she will hug him. but somtimes he will jump up and try to get her hand, and thats not ok.
I told her he doesnt know the difference, so NEVER let him think it's ok to jump up to you. I told her look at me he wont jump up on me when im sitting down because I never let him. he comes over to me and sit's and waits for me to pet him or throw his ball. if he jumps on me I say no and push him off. I dont give him the reaction that She does. I think your right. He messes with her cause he likes her reactions and thinks it's fun.
Now that im thinking about this a little more and with some input from you guys. I need some girlfriend training on how to interact with the dog. LOL