Maybe I wouldn't mind so much if Athena wasn't so leash reactive. But when a dog comes running after us, Athena starts hopping off of the ground trying to play. I really don't want her to play with an unknown dog that approaches us, especially when the off-leash dog goes in and tries to bite her (this has happened to us twice now)! We have only had Athena for one month so I don't feel like we totally know all of her behaviors. We don't know if certain situations will bring out any aggression. The owners who adopted Athena for two weeks prior to us labeled her as "dog aggressive" towards their other pet dog. This makes us cautious of her interactions with other dogs.
I want Athena to learn how to be calm when we walk by other dogs who are on or off leash. I feel like her excited energy gets the other dog excited an then they are both trying to get to each other. I think that most off-leash dogs actually approach us because of Athena's body language when she encounters another dog.
|We would love it if Athena could be calm like this when walking by an off-leash dog!|