interesting article Kalacreek. And one id support from my experience. There are dogs who are great at greeting strange dogs. Pohm has all the labs wiggle and waggy tail, but couples it with a 'i'll just lay at your feet with my belly n throat exposed' very very clear message. She only wants a greet n sniff.
Should a dog attack her when she's led down, well it all goes to shit then, and she puts them in their place, fast, firm, then has forgiven it just as fast.
Bernie will avoid all friction between dogs. But if started, he will finish it, rapidly, without injuring the other dog so far, just brute strength and size and volume seems to do the trick for him. As its a rare day, in fact, its not happened yet in 8 yrs, we've met a dog larger/stronger than he is. 8stone is a lot of weight to lean into a strange dog i guess. And SWF are in large supply around retirementville, where i live.
these kinds of dogs (working lines), are not pets. they make crap pets if you do not train them. Too high drive with no off switch is a nightmare to live with. Ask any owner of a working line dog that is 9 months old!
I intend to train the heck out of it from day 1. Of course the obedience stuff. But way more than this also. And reserve the right to have moments, when i know ive been really stupid in selecting a high drive dog, that eats the inside of my car perhaps?