Chandra is really making progress with her dog anxieties. We approached and walked past several dogs both on and off-leash without any problems. Even a group of three off-leash dogs passed us without incident, nice to see other dogs so well-trained.
Of course right at the end near the parking lot someone had to ruin it a bit with their untrained spaniel puppies rushing us off-leash. Chandra barked, but I don’t think she would have reacted at all if Ryker hadn’t barked first since he was ahead of us with the husband and suffered the first rush of the puppies. After they got past Ryker I just scooped Chandra up so the puppies couldn’t get her. I do not think she would have reacted negatively or snarked at the puppies (who were clearly friendly, just clueless), I just didn’t want any opportunity for anything nor for her to suffer the rudeness, so fortunately as large as she is I can still pick her up when needed!
Ryker is kind of the “leash police” with other dogs. He ignores them as long as they ignore him, and their leash status is the same. If he is on leash and another dog is off-leash, even if that dog is ignoring him, he does not think it is right and even though he’s not making a big outward fuss I can tell he doesn’t like it. Of course he responds well to a leave-it cue in those situations, I just think it’s interesting to see his awareness of the difference in leash status.