Cesar is a 4yr old fat beagle that belongs to my landlords, he loves me and he loves Indy. They chase each other round and frolic in the grass... until Gus came around.
Gus seems to get along with Cesar but last night it wasn't pretty. We were coming in from our nightly pee and so was Cesar, we all met up in the front entrance way and Cesar wasn't on a leash. (which is ok, he is a pretty mild dog AND he listens!) He was very happy to see us, I was thinking Gus is behaving, good good. Until Gus turned in to a rabid pug, snarling and barking.
The trainer at Petsmart told me last night, it sounds like he has socialization issues. But I don't know.
Gus plays well with other dogs when there are no leashes on him. Even with my parent's dogs, who flat out hate him, Gus is well behaved, nosy and wanting to play. No signs of any aggression, my mom even recognizes that her toy poodles are beasts... and they are her babies!
So at class last night, the trainer gave me a martingale collar to try out. It is pretty effective, when used, it sits high on the neck, doesn't choke but limits the dogs ability to move away from you when you are using it. It is corrective collar. Essentially, a choke chain, but with only 2 inches of chain versus the whole thing being a chain. Gus doesn't like it, he had 3 mini tantrums last night when it got used (we were working on walking properly).
We will see how effective it is on our proper walks and now that the weather is getting milder and the days longer, we will be heading back to the dog park for some good socialization. :)