Le sigh. Jasper has been doing very well with his fear aggression, and I've been managing situations better all round. But today I cocked up. We met dog A and his owner, and Jas was fine. Both dogs chased their balls, and even when dog A picked up Jas's ball, there was no drama. I praised and treated like crazy, all was well. Then dog B arrived with his owner, and everything was fine for about 10 minutes. I should have cut my losses, praised and treated and left the group. But I didn't, and inevitably all three dogs ran for the ball at once, and Jas was crowded on both sides by larger dogs. He leapt at dog B with lots of noise but no actual violence and then licked his lips and looked away like crazy. He'd probably been doing so for a while, and I hadn't noticed. I could kick myself. Anyway, no major harm done and as I know both owners and dogs, no falling out either. It does go to show, though, how far he has come and how much his tolerance of these situations has increased. I will of course be taking a step back in terms of his interactions, though, as I clearly pushed it too far. How's everyone else doing?
chickens the lab that came over sounds exactly like mine - she would have been over jumping around your dog. If she was to get hurt by an intolerant dog then i would have to blame myself for not noticing the other dog did not want the attention. I hate it when my pup won't come away from a dog and i am too far away to get to her quickly. Not sure i am being helpful here but i am trying to say i understand your frustration even if it is from the other side of the fence. Being a doggy mummy can be hard at times and especially worse when you are ill and you still need to get them out for a walk.
Don't let it worry you ,the other dogs came and pestered yours not vice versa so its their problem if the dog gets told off . My dog is fairly tolerant of other dogs but when off lead would rather do his own thing and is incapable of 'doggy play' ,he never approaches other dogs . If a dog persists in pestering him he will growl and snap and TBH I don't worry about it because I think other people should keep their dogs away . Just because a dog is off lead it doesn't mean it wants to play and I don't feel that I should have to keep mine on a lead .