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Here's the story :

Loki, 5 months now .. LOVES people and dogs. He gets so excited about new friends ... that when we are out on the trail he will do anything to meet them. This is a problem that I am stuck on how to solve.

I have read through the stickies on greeting and be a tree; I have tried all of these things, but I think my problem lies with the attention. Once he notices someone or another dog he will NOT pay attention to me ... no matter what - I use his favorite treat, sit stay commands, toys - no matter he is in mode and will not listen. And of course once I have him settled the stranger just thinks hes so darn cute to pet him even when hes jumping and I ask them to leave him be.

Could it be me? I get tense thinking about it - I know he wouldn't be aggressive, but I don't want to be "that girl with the wily dog" on the trails.

Here's my routine : when I notice someone coming, I pull him over to the side of the trail and begin sit stays - so I am what hes focused on - once he notices the other he immediately stops listening goes from level 1 calm to level 5 excited (focused, ears up, tail wagging pulling) - I pull him back and fervently try to get him calm again, to no avail. After he goes nuts trying to greet and they have passed I wait until he is calm, treat and move on ... repeat.

I am sure most of it is puppyiness - but I don't want him to become a 90lb dog who thinks its ok to jump and freak out at new friends because I never know what they will be like .

Any suggestions?

Oh and its really only when we are out - people who come to the door he is excited to see but just paces around with a toy in his mouth wagging his tail.
 

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I most certainly want him to meet strangers, 100% Its just HOW he meets - I would try and stay away further ... and usually I do, but most of the time I would end up in the marsh! I will try standing between them until he is calm .. hopefully more people will be willing to help out ... I think its because hes so big and lunging can be daunting I'm sure. I have a puppy play sunday that I will be working with him on it all. Could it be because of the leash and he limited to what he can do?
 
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