Ok so Troopa is generally well-behaved on our walks but there is a border collie that lives a few doors down from us (it's a well-trained dog) and the owner lets it off-lead out the front of their house (which has no fence) when he goes out to do yard work etc.
We've walked passed there twice now when they've been outside and the first time the dogs barked at each other and Troopa pulled towards it, he jumped back a bit and let out a few whimpers at the end though as I was pulling him away. So that is leading me to the belief that he's doing it out of fear, please correct me if I'm wrong?
Yesterday however, as well as the barking and pulling, Troopa actually snapped at the border collie. Didn't make contact but he definitely tried.
On both occassions the owner has called his dog back and the BC has done returned to him.
I've been giving a firm 'Troopa, come' and continuing to walk, pulling the lead along with me.
So what do I do? Should I go straight to a muzzle for our walks or are there other methods I can try?
With other dogs behind fences his ears prick up and he'll have a look but then keeps walking just fine.
The good thing about yesterday is that halfway through our walk there was an old lady that had spotted us when we were a few houses back and waited behind her fence so she could have some contact with Troopa. He quite happily licked her hand so I was happy to see that he's friendly towards old ladies.
I will add that I know this will stem back to him not having dog socialisation after he left his littermates. We have no puppy-preschool here and I'm now fairly terrified about starting obedience classes because I don't know how he's going to react to the other dogs and being a big dog there is strength.
If you've read this far, thank you