Hi all! My pup just received his last round of vaccines not too long ago and was cleared to go everywhere outside a few days ago. He's been outside in public pretty busy places for about 4 days now.
He's fine with people, cars, small animals, and all that, but not other dogs. Kind of. Whenever he sees a dog he wants to play with it. Problem is, he barks at it and barks during play. Only stops when he's smelled the dog to his satisfaction or he gets to play a little bit. But not every dog or owner wants to play with him.
He doesn't bark when we're on walks and he sees dogs. He only barks when I take him out for potty and he roams freely on the leash on grass. I think it's because when walking he's serious and considers it a serious job. He's great and ignores everything. But when I take him out for potty and he's allowed to roam, he barks at all dogs and wants to play with literally every dog.
He's met most dogs he's barked at and has absolutely no aggressive behavior to the point that he barks at a dog and then licks him all over. Really loves them. How do I get him to stop barking when he wants to play with every dog he sees?
I don't want to teach the commands "bark" and "quiet" because I'm sure he'll bark more in general.
I take his attention away from the dogs with commands and treats and he stops barking for that but then goes right back to it.
Right now the only solution I have is to walk away with him, but I don't think that's a good long term thing.