Yes, you're right Hyacinth. I suppose we only think its strange in the sense that its easy to believe that he just 'hates dogs' but I can see this is a very simplistic view of things. He doesn't hate dogs, it seems is is anxious about unknown dogs and this is how he deals with it by trying to scare them away.I don't see anything strange about this. Even you are more comfortable with your friends than with scary looking strangers. And it may take you a little while to get used to a new person who is scary looking - and they'd have to do all the right things and make no scary moves and not be pushy at all.
Thanks for that tip. I tend to walk with him on a fairly short lead but there is always some slack in it. He walks well on a loose lead and doesn't pull unless he sees a dog. I always used to shorten his lead when I saw a dog coming so that I felt more in control but someone else advised me that by doing this I was almost 'priming' him for the meeting with the other dog and that it was sending the message that I was anxious or that the way we were walking needed to change when we saw one. Would you disagree with this advice Hyacinth?With my dog - and random cats - If I spot it or signs that she's spotted it, I would shorten up the lead and bring her right back to me - so she couldn't lunge to the end of the lead. Ie if you have a 10cm run up, you gather much less speed and do much less damage than if you have a 2m run up and come to a sudden halt (by the neck). We've gotten to the point that if she spots the cat first - she sits and looks at it (called "indicating" by the sniffer dog trainers). Which saves us both a lot of grief. And helps the cat calm down too. She gets treats for this. And a tonne of my best treats if the cat decides to come up and check us out. And then I hold by my dog by the collar.
I'm going to read Kathy's article, thanks for that. I've just looked at her website. Her intensive workshops sound like they are aimed for dogs just like ours. I'll give her a call though because it might be that he needs a one to one session, I don't want him making other people's dogs worse by going for them.
He does learn really fast - he has that in his favour. He's got a long road ahead of him, so let's hope he can do it!Border Terriers are extremely bright - as a breed - they're one of my favourite terriers and they can be extremely easy to train