PLEASE manage your dog's situation more carefully. Especially if it is new to you, you are still building a relationship with your dog and you don't want to teach it that you can't keep it safe. Interactions with other dogs should be CONTROLLED at BOTH ends of the interaction, especially with dogs that you do not know.
Point very well taken. I actually did NOT approach the Dalmatian, we were walking and I continued in that direction. I guess the most prudent approach would have been to walk the other direction.
A misstep of mine that won't be repeated, thank you for your positive and encouraging post.
Am willing to learn, I have researched a lot, apparently not enough.