Since this post, we've gotten a lot of questions about Edison's vest. We ordered it here after finding the Etsy shop through DINOS. Not that long ago, we found Notes from a Dog Walker blog which has TONS of great info and learned that there was a name for Ed: a Dog in Need of Space!
After this incident, we decided we needed to be more proactive about having people giving Ed space. So we decided to get the vest we had talked about long ago. And we found exactly what we were looking for! We didn't want something that said "DO NOT TOUCH," but something that made people think before approaching.
As we've said before, we like having a lot of positive human interactions with Ed, but they need to be totally on our terms. As for dog interaction, those are on the back burner. We want Ed to have tons of passive socialization experiences, but would need just the right dog with just the right owner and plenty of non-contact meetings before even considering a contact greeting.
On a side note, I started to think about this approach and wondering if there was a chance that we're doing more harm. By not letting Edison ever greet dogs (and having him always on leash when we see other dogs), I worry that we are fueling his frustration.
Obviously without knowing where Edison's reactivity really would take him, erring on the side of caution is a WAY better approach. I just worry that we are making it so he can NEVER meet dogs. Did that make sense? Any thoughts?
Does your pooch ever get to meet other dogs? What is your criteria and approach?