Originally Posted by MadLab
Use a long leash. Each time the dog runs up , it is enforcing it's behavior. Dogs love barking and if it scares people all the better. They will use the same trick next time and some day somebody will run and the chase will be on. Or a dog will run away and your dog will chase it out onto a busy road. Basically your playing with something you don't understand. It's all very well to go off leash, but it's a different story if the dog bites somebody.
Your method of walking the other way is also risky. Basically you don't have any good way to deal with this situation as it's out of your control until the dog is back on leash. If you go behind your dog to catch it, it will get closer to the person or dog it's barking at. It feels you are wanting it to proceed.
If it happens, one way to try deal with it is circle the dog and come between the dog and what it is barking at. It depends on the energy of the dog and how he sees you. You should be able to make him realize you don't like it. If you correct the dog it may try to dodge you. And if you don't let the dog know that behavior is not acceptable it will do it again.
E collar is the only real method for delivering a correction to a dog from a distance. Other way is chase the dog and let it know not to go after strangers or you'll come after it. A long lead is a safer way until off leash is possible.
i definitely don't, most of the time he does this i don't do anything at all because i don't know what to do and i don't want to do something that will make it worse.
i use the long lead after he annoys me enough with doing it but it's not safe to do any kind of exercise with it on. there were many times his legs got tangled up in it and he fell and a few times it looked straight up dangerous.
basically my dilemma is to exercise him and to have control. as much as i was hoping to do without the shock collar i might have to get one. it seems like using a shock collar is taking a shortcut and i don't like them, i like challenges.