I wouldn't avoid it at all. You can't teach him to ignore it unless you expose him to it. I intentionally walk my 15 week old past a very noisy neighbor dog that's in an outside run. Also down another road with three small yappy dogs that roam freely. After just a few walks, Zula now pretty much ignores them. High value treats and lots of love and praise when he watches you and doesn't react.
You need a command to associate the behavior with, I use "leave it".
As a side note the three small dogs have given up on barking at Zula since she quit barking back.
Last edited by Crewchef; 05-23-2013 at 05:41 PM.