So if you wanna passive tame I found a sweet spot between its front legs in which it will be stuck trying to push you but can not. It takes a bit to find it but once you do just get a bunch of taming good and get yourself a quick transport Dino.
When taming to make it easier stand against a cliff or a good sized rock. I tamed one for my brother and it was a piece of cake with that technique. Also if you find that the place you find the diplodocus isn’t safe just get near it and lead it away. They won’t hurt you they just like to swat you around like they are playing a game of soccer.