First-time dog owner with a shepherd/husky mix rescue. As we have gotten to know him, we find that his personality is more shepherd.
I'm confused about meeting other dogs onleash!
I've seen that friendly smiley owners like their dogs to meet other dogs, and their dogs are friendly and smiley. They think it's weird when you're steering your dog away. Then there are the in-training owners and their dogs trot by in Heel. They don't look up and are instead issuing quiet commands to their dog (meanwhile, your dog is panting and straining to get to theirs...
I don't know what kind of owner I want to be! I think I'm making him confused.
In the first weeks we got him, neighbors (especially dog-owners) wanted to meet him and they introduced their dogs ... So now he has some neighborhood "dog-friends" whom he greets peacefully on leash, and we know their names and their owners' names.
Then in obedience class, the teacher said, "It's not a good idea to let your dog meet other dogs on leash." In class, he was never allowed to "Say Hi" to any other dog- we practiced sit, stay, leashwalking, near the other dogs while ignoring them.
So I thought it's best to train him to not meet other dogs on leash... like in class. But it's not going well!
He is OK if they're going by on the other side of the street, but in the real world we get surprised going around corners, or walking on a narrow trail, and when I hold him back, he lunges and whines and howls and rears up in the air! With a 70 lb dog, that gets pretty frightening for people and their dogs. Also I think he might be confused because when we're in our own neighborhood, I do let him greet the neighbor dogs...I think neighbors would think it was odd if I dragged him by on the other side of the street!
What did you train your dogs to do?
Do you lean towards easygoing friendly (just let them say Hi!) or trained (never meet other dogs onleash) or something in-between (meet some dogs, if I say it is OK - but I think that is confusing for the dog?)
Thanks for any thoughts.