Your pup will be going from phase to phase the next year and a half or so. Your pup is trying things out and the more success he has the more confident he will become. The great thing about a confident dog is the more laid back they can be. They don't have to prove anything to anyone, they just assume things will be fine most of the time.
Your pup does not need to meet other dogs right now. When out for a walk, give your pup space, even if it means crossing the street. You will have to stop him getting crazy BEFORE the crazies happen. Once our dogs are focused on something they may not even realize we are calling them off. That skill comes with maturity and practice. So when your pup starts to focus on the other dog, try walking around in circles. When the pup looks at you instead, reward. When your pup is calm perhaps you can sit down with him and watch the other dog calmly, which can be a reward in itself.
With practice and maturity and growing impulse control, eventually your pup will learn that you guys are a team. If he pays attention to you things go great.
I also took my pups to group classes when they were a little over a year old, not to learn to heel or sit or come or place. My dogs knew all of that. I wanted a controlled place for them to learn to work near other dogs without the expectation of going to meet and greet them. Now they may still give a short bark to say, "hey dog, I see you" but they have learned that there won't be a meeting and that eliminated leash-frustration. I still praise them for turning their gaze back to our walk after they've taken a look at the other dogs.
Other folks actually want their dogs to see other dogs as nothing more interesting than a tree or rock or bench. That takes much more work in the beginning but it does make working with your dog in public much easier in the long run.
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