Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: SF Bay Area, CA
Re: Teaching to ignore other dogs
Personally, especially on walks, I would not allow him to be loose. If you see another dog, go ahead and snap his leash on and get him focusing on you (ideas for commands were already given).
I know that I do NOT appreciate unknown dogs coming to say "hi" to my dogs - I know nothing about said dog, and my dogs are always right by my side. My dogs behave well, but our GSD came to us with issues, and unwanted introductions can set her back - she's getting good, and I wouldn't be happy to have any dog just trotting up to us simply because their owner didn't want to put them on a leash in public. I know I come across a bit harsh in this area, but it is a huge pet peeve of mine since I personally have worked so hard to get a dog over being dog aggressive so I'm sure others are in similar situations as well.
On the flip, you don't know what other dogs may do, if they're UTD on vaccinations, etc - not always the best idea to just let him go up to them without permission. Your dog is well socialized, but not all dogs have been. No matter what, he needs to be listening to you - what if he runs in front of a car to go greet the other dog?