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Hi Everyone :) I was wondering if you could help shed some light on my situation. I currently have two cute pups , one older maltese/silky and one younger maltese/cavalier both male. The younger one is a curious and happy little fellow and the other quite a defensive/ aggressive chappy ( I think an outcome of his previous owner ).

At home both males are open and affectionate but the problem I am having is on our walks. Ever since I have had the older pup in my care , I have been trying to train them to walk next to me, rather than in front because they will just zip left and right in front of me , making it a very difficult walk ? . The improvement is slow but graduall. My problem at the moment is off leashed dogs. Weather the owner is in sight or not ( such as a dog that has escaped from its home) .

The older dog, because so defencfull , acts in an aggressive nature and snarls , body gets rigid , and try to attack when he even glimpses another walking dog. I have full control of him and his lead so I know that he won't be a danger to other dogs or people. The problem is other dogs ( off leash) who will come up to mine, wanting to curiously sniff them and both of mine will lunge or snarl in defense at the other dog ( the youngest wanting to protect too). Long story short is that my pups are not friendly out in public, which is why they are on leash and mostly avoiding other dogs. I want to know how to handle a situation where there could be unplanned fight.

The other day I was walking my pups through an open leashed park ( silly I know) and these two big dogs came up to mine out of nowhere and started sniffing around mine. I found myself literally in the middle. My dogs didn't like it the older snarled and attacked and so the larger thought it should too. My youngest was wimpering in between it all. I was pulling my pups away carefully but it took a long while to distance ourselves from the two other dogs ( I had to be careful because I am 37 weeks pregnant and with no treats) . I don't think I handled the situation as best I could, but everyone came out un scratched. So I was just wondering if there are any tips or advice if the situation happened again. ?

The two other dogs ended up running away playing with each other, which makes me think they belonged to a house that backed off the park. I was quite upset and still am that an owner can't keep their pups contained in their own property. I am personally against off leash pups not only because there is a chance they could get run over, they could do something aggressive or scare a child but also because the dogs on leash are often on leash for a reason I.E. they are aggressive and don't socialise well with other dogs, so they could get hurt just from being curious.
I have found even when I am being a responsible owner by tightening the leash and / or try to avoid off leash dogs, owners will let their dog run up to mine even when mine clearly are not going to be friendly and it causes me to have to pull mine back and to tell the owner off. So I would really just love tips about what I can do behavioral wise and action wise to diffuse or avoid a confrontation. I would still like to be able to walk my dogs when my daughter is born and need that be a safe and happy experience.

Note: They are very happy dogs on our walk , it's just the opposite when another dog approaches

Sorry for the long story haha and any help would be great
 
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