It could be that your dog is unsure of herself. In that case it may be that the first dog that barks wins! It is a ploy to try to show the other dog that she is tough and should be left alone. What you need to do is use a collar and leash, not a no pull harness, and teach your girl what to do instead. It will take time and distance and someone watching how you work. Timing of corrections and rewards for good behavior can make a difference in how quickly your girl learns. Having a good trainer watch and give tips can help a lot.
The more your girl builds her relationship with you and realizes that you are in charge of situations, not her, the more relaxed she will be on walks. She will also learn to relax at home. If she knows that no matter what you are a team and she can depend on you the more she will blossom.
In the meantime, cross the street when you see other dogs. It is like a dance in our neighborhood. The distance of opposite sidewalks takes some of the pressure off. Also, watch your dog closely. Before she even starts barking you want to encourage her to look at you and ignore the other person / dog. When the other person has passed by if she has been calmly looking at you or sat quietly by your side, then praise and reward. What does she like? Tug games or treats? Either is a nice reward for good behavior. For awhile always carry some nice reward with you. Once she has focused on someone to bark at don't expect the reward to get her attention. It is too late then. Your best bet is to turn away and wait for her to calm down. Continue the walk and try again your next encounter.
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