One thing I have learned, though, is that no matter how responsible you are there are people who will think you are irresponsible and that your dog is out of control.
My dog is high energy, and even when he's quiet, sits down calmly for petting when he meets people, people look at his crazy wagging tail and his wiggling and think he's being crazy and out of control. Just sitting there, cheerful, looking up, and being wiggly. If he walks a little quickly people perk up. I mean even when he's walking to heel next to me people walking by us on the street get nervous and step off the sidewalk from us like he's going to attack.
Before I got him my goal was to have a dog that was so well behaved that even people who know nothing about dogs would feel comfortable around him. Now I know that's impossible. Some people are dumb enough to walk around a park, come pet my dog, and then wave a piece of rotisserie chicken or pizza two inches away from his face. Then they get all judgy when my dog tries to grab it, and lecture me about training him better or maybe watching some Dog Whisperer shows about how my dog is showing me that he doesn't respect me when he tries to eat rotisserie chicken.
I've just accepted that some people will see me as an irresponsible dog owner no matter what. In the meantime, I try to be as considerate as possible anyway.