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I just wanted to confirm if I am on the right path when it comes to working with my foster.

She gets very exited when we meet other dogs on a walk. Some times, she gets aggressive and growl, but mostly exited and it appears to be happy excitement

Which is the better method:
Stop, put her in a sit/stay and work at keeping her attention (using treats as needed but weening her off them as soon as possible).

Keep walking and work on heel (this gets more complicated but is closer to the end goal), again with treats.

Or other?

And if she isn't growling, how do you tell the difference between aggressive and just exited? She does have dog-dog issues but NOT WITH ALL DOGS. I swear most of the time it appears (to me) to be more excitement and less aggression on walks (with a few exceptions)
 

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I am only a novice, but I had HK sit at my side when other dogs approached until she did it with no need to be on leash for the situation. I actually wirked with her off lead and had her sit when another dog approached until that was near flawless. That is when I took it to walking past an approaching dog. It worked for me.
 

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I am a novice here too, but we worked on the "leave it" when Shane gets overly excited about passing other dogs and then lots of praise when he does do what is asked of him.
 

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-Unless I know the other dog, I don't allow greetings on leash, period. So I wouldn't worry about whether its aggression or excitement, just get her to relax.

-Control Unleashed (book and now a DVD) is a GODSEND for all dogs, but reactive dogs in particular. The "look at that" exercise has been a lifesaver for Cassie and me both. (instead of forcing the dog to ignore the other dog/cat/person and focus their attention exclusively on you - a stressful and very difficult exercise - the "LAT" allows the dog to check out the stimulus, then return to you for a reward. (Simplified explanation, highly recommend you get or borrow the book :) )
 

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I'll see if I can find the book. ETA: I just read the description on her website, wow, perfect book for Nina!! I'll see how much it is and suggest it for whoever adopts it!

I do not allow greetings. I am just working on getting her to walk past another dog without jumping around so much!!

I also don't mind her watching the other dog, and when I put her in a sit/stay I don't ask her to stare at me the entire time. All I want is for her to stay in her sit really, and if she's getting too exited then I have her refocus on me to calm down or just once in awhile during her sit/stay look at me (the focus thing).

So far she has always gotten up from her sit/stay as the dog passes.

HK - good point, the sit stay should be obtained before walking past (makes sense to me at last).
 

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Is there a way you can move off the sidewalk (on to a yard or a driveway) to give some distance ? Setting up the situation with a friend's dog so that she's under threshold and you can reward her for being successful will progress you faster... have the friend at a manageable distance, reward reward reward, close the distance slightly, reward, etc.

Are you walking her on a flat collar? May want to consider a head halter, if she will tolerate one.
 

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I was using a prong for abit but have switched to a halti this week and prefer it. I know the prong was not tight enough but couldn<t bring myself to make it tighter. she is NOT a fan of the halti though haha, but its is not so bad that she can't have a good walk with it.

Yes, on trails and most places I can (and do) move back with her so there is space between her and the other dog.

once the dog has passed (even if it is close) she is perfect, will sit and just watch them.
 

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I am still trying to figure this out with my 6 year-old obedience show dog! I get her out of the training building by literally taking her collar in one hand and holding a treat to her nose in the other hand as we walk past the "new dogs" in the next class to get out the door! I do highly recommend "Control Unleashed" also - I would still be doing all the wrong stuff if I hadn't read it.
 
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