I prefer a more counter intuitive unpopular method, although when you think about it it does make sense. I start off by clicker training the dog, load the clicker and practice watch me in the house. Once the dog has learned to look at me, click, treat, we go outside to distractions. As soon as we see another dog I click and treat. It works better and differently than just giving a treat because it interrupts the dogs thought pattern (just like a short prong correction might). It is now second nature to the dog to look to you after the click for a treat, so instead of looking at the other dog your dog will turn to look at you. I feel it also teaches the dog that other dogs are not a threat, or a party for them, they can look and not have to react. It gives them an option. My dog was pretty reactive around 6 months I'd say and we tried a couple methods for a while... this method nixed the behavior for us within a day and he has been perfect since. It's all about interrupting that train of thought and behavioral pattern before it occurs.
Last edited by GandalfTheShepherd; 04-09-2018 at 08:04 AM.