There are no dog parks around, so it's hard to let my 6th months puppy socialize with other dogs. The only place he can meet other dogs is on the streets near our home, where some owners walks their dogs (leashed or unleashed) and where a few stray dogs roams around.
This is not how I would want my puppy to 'socialize'...do you have a friend with a stable older dog that is about the same size so you can have playdates that are structured/supervised
Other dogs seems to be calm and used to all the dog socialization manners, but the problem is, I have to walk my puppy on leash (even if it's flexi leash), and so while he can approach some dogs that approaches him, he would feel the leash tension if the other dog walks away and he tries to follow.
You are not setting him up to succeed. Approaching strange dogs on a flexi is frowned upon by most every owner I know. By letting him do this, then follow other dogs is not teaching him correct dog manners
What I'm worrying about is, he often barks and reacts whenever he feels the restraint. He's also not well mannered yet, as he's a bit rough on the approach to other dogs for play that this makes some dogs walk away.
Are there any trainers/classes in your area? I would try to get into one...or maybe you could organize a few others with young dogs to go on walks/training sessions with. I know of a group that had young dogs, they just organized outings thru a Craigslist ad(they stressed no aggressive dogs involved
One of the owners of a well trained unleashed dog said that he usually wouldn't allow his dog approach leashed dogs, as the leash can hurt both dogs when playing, and it can also make the leashed dog feel inferior. He told me to just let him go unleashed. Problem is, I can't do it coz he's not always answering recall, that he can just run away with other dogs or jump at other people.
You are right, unleashed is dangerous with an untrained puppy
So what's the best thing to do? I've been correcting him when he barks and overreacts towards other dogs when he feels the leash tension, since I can't allow him to continue like this before he becomes full grown. Is this a good thing to do??
Can you order the book Control Unleashed by Leslie McDevitt? It has many exercises on teaching a dog to be neutral instead of reactive when other dogs are around. I would not correct him because many dogs will see that correction as what they are reacting to. Better to redirect his attention back to you BEFORE he starts the zoning in or reactive behavior(this is explained in the CU book)
Yesterday, me, my partner and our puppy were walking outside home, when suddenly a stray dog ran right towards us and barked to our puppy. He was aggressive, that we almost thought about kicking him or hitting him with another leash we had at hand, for the sake of our protection (but we hesitated coz in case that dog doesn't go away, he might attack me or my partner instead). Our puppy also barked at him, and we've tried to remain calm while waiting for that dog to go away, in which luckily he did.
Maybe carry a walking stick in case this happens again. Sounds like you have many strays, is there anyplace you can walk your pup without dogs running up on him?