Yes, but. It doesn't sound like Moriah's dog is reacting out of fear, which to me would make a difference in how I dealt with the behavior.Moriah,thank you!!!!This is what I was hoping for as a response.Someone with the exact same dilemma!
I've had two pretty leash reactive dogs - Cassidy, who was a temperamental mess with weak nerves, and Keefer, who has always been extremely social. His reactivity was not fear based, it was due to frustration. He'd bark at a dog from a distance, but is totally fine with dogs in his face. And once he gets to meet a dog up close and personal, he's completely cool, hanging out with no further reactions. It's being restrained by a leash and prevented from the greeting that he wants to do that causes his reactions.
Since there is no risk of blowback with Keefer, I can correct him to let him know that's not acceptable behavior. He still sometimes gets excited about approaching dogs, and I need to remind him that he is actually capable of controlling his impulses and doesn't need to act like a butthead. But what works perfectly fine with him is not something I'd have even considered trying with Cassidy. Different dogs, different root causes of the behavior, different approaches. Although he's a big sweet mush of a dog, and very handler sensitive, he's quite resilient to corrections, which is something else that's good to know. He never takes it personally or redirects towards the other dog if I correct him.
Halo is much more neutral towards other dogs, but will sometimes get snarky on leash if the other dog is staring at her and barking and lunging. Since she's got rock solid nerves, I can let her know to knock it off without worrying about negative consequences.