Did I do the right thing?
Okay, working on making my 6.5 month old male confident in me being his protector.
Went to the doggy store today to look for a tennis ball on a rope. He's always been pretty calm around other dogs and I've been limiting his exposure to only dogs we know. When we are out and about I correct (a small pop pop on his collar) for steering towards other dogs, and try to keep his focus neutral or on me.
So, back to the store. We are by the leashes and there is a HUGE chow by the register to my left, SUPER fluffy. Nox has never seen this kind of dog before, puts his head down and lets out a bark. I make him do a down/stay on my right, he does, doesn't bark again, and just lays there (with an eye on the chow, but no more barking).
I continue shopping and the chow owner asks if her chow can say "hi." I say, "no, sorry, when he barks he doesn't get to say Hi." (I didn't want to say, "no, I think he'sa little scared and I'm showing him that I will protect him.") She started going on about how pretty he is and how her dog is really nice, blah blah, but I just ignored her and kept shopping.
Should I have let them say, "Hi" since he was calm at that point? Or did I do the right thing? I don't want him to think he CAN'T say hi, but also didn't want to act like I was throwing him into something and he had to fend for himself.