I went to a weekly auction with my dog today. He's wonderful on the leash, great around the livestock and fine with people as long as I have the leash. He doesn't like being around other dogs so much though, so I usually avoid them. As long as I have a tight hold on the leash, he's not going anywhere. He's never caused a problem himself. But why is it that when I am trying to be a responsible dog owner, other dog owners have to come up to you and insist that the dogs "make friends"? I had TWO people come up to me today and try to let their dogs "get to know" my dog. If their dogs get too close, my dog may growl. I can control him, but not when you are dragging your dog over to meet him! The one guy kept INSISTING that my dog get to know his and even after I said that my dog isn't so friendly with others, he still had the nerve to pull his dog over to mine! I ended up having to walk away, even though I was standing in that spot first. I didn't want to see my dog bite his because the guy was being an idiot. Granted, my dog is not usually dog aggressive. Typically he's absolutely fine. Off the leash, he gets along with just about any dog. Its the total invasion of his space that gets to him, especially if the other dog is in MY space too. He can be pretty protective of me when it comes to other dogs/animals. I keep him on a very short leash, but I can't reprimand him for others' stupidity...so I usually just walk away. I just don't get why people are so incredibly stupid! If I ask you to stop trying to "introduce" your dog to mine, why can't you listen? I always walk out of these situations feeling like the bad guy, but honestly, my dog is very well behaved. I wouldn't take him so many places if I ever thought otherwise. He's fine when dogs are nearby and will even lay down and forget they are there. Its only when a person insists on letting them "meet" that he gets upset and it makes me upset too. I keep my dog out of your space, why can't you do the same?!