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  1. Offlead is allowed here but in the prior situation with the small dog I wouldn't have called it charging by a loose dog. Although he has been charged by loose dogs several times they're seperate incidents. This was really a perfect nightmare of a single track with someone walking an offleash dog. Muzzles aren't a requirement here. Ive defenately noticed people keep their distance if he has a muzzle though, which is a shame when he has it on because he's very much a people dog and likes meeting strangers, especially young children.
  2. Thanks for the various bits of advice everyone, been quite busy so heres a late update. I intended to take on some of the advice but Benny started to just settle again with us carrying on as before and if it's suddenly working I thought why fix it. He did have one backwards few days where he was scared of the park entrance after some neds screamed in his face (like literally got down in his face and screamed to intentionally scare him) but other than that fine overall. Still some issues but nothing that isnt manageable and getting better. He's now made friends with a 10month old german s
  3. Thanks 1Moregrey, Unfortunately we're in a row of tenement flats so we only have a communal garden to the back but I'll try taking him for a bit longer out there so he can hear the sounds and work up to the pavement out front. I had started trying the treats on walks when he leaves something for added praise but it's a bit fiddley now that he's muzzled again.
  4. I'm not sure where you're getting the idea that I'm not concerned about my dog being relaxed in this situation. Especially since I said I want to work out how to make him more comfortable on walks. That is my only concern and why I'm trying to work out what is causing this. I walk him at the quietest times, but there aren't just dogs in the park, there are dogs in the streets and down by the woods/canal where we go to avoid the park and the nervousness isn't only around dogs. We don't have a car so walks out of our area are not an option.
  5. Background: We adopted our lad Benny in December, he's 4 years old and had his last race in July following a toe dislocation/amputation. There was a house before us but they sent him back due to stealing food, which was clearly because they'd not been feeding him properly as he came to us really underweight. There he lived with a Jack Russel and they didn't report any problems. He's had all the standard settling in problems but was making quick progress, we were told he was good on lead and uninterested in other dogs which turned out to be false as he wanted to greet every other dog we saw (no
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