Over on the thread that DOGLESS started, there is a really great discussion going on and most of us seem to agree that it's up to us to 'manage' our dog's interactions as much as possible. Well, I got to practise some body blocking today - and it was a bit of a challenge! Dex and I were enjoying a brisk walk around a local field when I spy a dog hurtling towards us. I know the dog - he's lovely, but VERY bouncy! He's a gorgeous, young Sharpei x Staffie and he is also extremely strong. The dog comes running up and tries to engage with Dex. Dex very deliberately turns his head away which I know means he does not want to play. The dog persists and now I see Dex's jaw really tighten. The other owners are heading our way but not close enough to see these signals. I jumped between the two dogs and thankfully Dex stayed behind me. I now end up playing a sort of 'dodge it' with the Sharpei x. He's trying to get round me so every time he swerves to one side, I try and block him I tried getting his attention away from Dex and towards me and that worked a bit because he's very friendly - but ultimately he wanted Dex. I was literally having to leap around blocking this dog (good work out, am sure I burned some calories ) but then the little pickle did manage to get round me - Dex then stepped forward and growled at the dog. This made the dog pause for half a minute before resuming his attempts; I'm between them again. The owners were very close by then and recalled him but he didn't want to go. While he was looking at them, though, Dex and I basically legged it! I wasn't scared of this particular dog BUT I didn't want Dex to be stressed and had the owners not arrived, I think it could have become problematic as the younger dog was getting more and more excited and/or frustrated. So, body blocking - any tips? Stories? Thoughts? Clearly I need to brush up on my 'moves'!