I realized today that there's a serious problem I need to fix. It's getting way too embarrassing, not to mention the fact that it's totally a bad habit, period. I have a 6 year old Chihuahua who is quite independent. She is people-oriented and hardly ever shows any interest in other dogs, unless they're pulling on their owner's leash, trying to run to her. It gets her all riled up and she'll start pulling on her leash, all the way barking. If she gets to the dog, she's just interested in sniffing, nothing more. But I'm afraid that other owners and dogs will mistaken it for aggression. I want her to be able to "meet" other dogs in a calm and relaxed manner. I know for a fact that when she tries to run to other dogs while barking, she's not trying to be mean, but she's overly excited, yet I'm afraid of actually allowing her to go up to the dog because they won't know that she ISN'T being aggressive and it might just turn out chaotic more than anything. I know if some dog was seemingly "lunging" at my own dog like that, I wouldn't want that dog to come up close to mine, so I understand and respect that... and stay our distance. Because of that, I haven't done anything about it and usually just distract her and pull her away. She's also like this when she sees other dogs outside on our walks. Basically, dog in sight = highly excited = pulling on leash, barking, etc. Does anyone have any tips on how to curb this behavior? I know it's going to take a while since it's been going on for a while now and two weeks ago, two small white dogs, tied together, ran up to her while she was being calm, circled her, and managed to strangle her with their leash, making her even more wary of other dogs now. It infuriated me because the owner watched all this and did nothing, even when my dog yelped out of pain. Any tips greatly appreciated, thanks!