There's a rowdy bulldog type that Nuka and I have passed a few times on our walks near home. He lunges and barks and Nuka will back right up against my legs and sit on my shoes and growl at him. We've always been on the other side of the road from the bulldog (I make sure we cross as soon as I see him) but his owners irritate me because they just laugh. Anyway I got annoyed by the situation and decided to start walking Nuka elsewhere. So today I took her to a new place for a walk. The walk was less about walking and more about checking out the new place together, so we didn't go far and all and the whole walk lasted about 15 minutes. We had to drive there and Nuka wasn't too thrilled about being in the car but she settled down after a bit and seemed ok once we got there. She always protests loudly for the first 5 minutes of any car journey before settling down, so I didn't think too much of it, but maybe she was in a bad mood after the car ride. During our walk a springer spaniel passed us on the other side of the road. Nuka stopped and I crouched down to partially block the spaniel from her view (maybe I shouldn't have done this?) she growled at him and once he had passed she barked at him. The spaniel perhaps glanced in our direction but didn't respond in any way (I apologised to the owners and they were very kind). Nuka also stopped to watch a labrador jog past in the middle of the road but they went pretty swiftly so all she did was stop and stand alert and watch them. When she sees other dogs I can't seem to keep her focus on me. I have treats and in all other circumstances she's great at focusing on me when I say her name but when other dogs are passing I feel like I lose her entirely. I can't get any more distance from other dogs other than being on the other side of the road, which is usually enough unless it's the bulldog (and today the spaniel). I'm a bit wary about taking her to open places because dogs are so often off lead and I'm worried a dog might run up to us which I feel would be too much for her (I've found a private field to walk her off leash and practice recall in). What should I be doing in these situations when we have to pass other dogs? Nuka always stops dead in her tracks and focuses on the other dog, but I'd like to get to a point where she's focusing more on me in these situations and we can keep moving past other dogs. She's now just over 4 months old and we're starting puppy foundation classes this month, so I'm hoping that will give her some good experience with other dogs in a more controlled environment.