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As far as humping and marking are concerned, treat those behaviors as you would any other behavior you want to discourage. Interrupt, redirect or provide an alternate behavior and praise when your dog plays in other ways. Our household has 4 dogs, 3 males (2 of which are neutered and one spayed female). I don't permit the dogs to hump each other. Any attempts at humping are interrupted with an "ahnt" and other play interactions are praised. This is done from the first day a new puppy comes into the house. Typically, the new puppy has a stuffed toy to hump but I have found that within a few months the puppy loses interest in the stuffed toy and simply plays with the other dogs by wrestling, chasing, playing tug, etc. Because I don't permit humping of other dogs it is just not a behavior they engage in.
As far as marking is concerned I treat it exactly as I do any potty behavior. I watch the pups very closely and interrupt any inappropriate attempts at urination and take the puppy outside where squatting to pee or lifting a leg is acceptable.
If you treat these behaviors as you do other behaviors and don't excuse them due to "hormones" or whatever, your dog will behave as you want him to.