It’s important that if you have your dog of-leash in a public area such as a park or an apartment complex you are able to recall your dog consistently from people, other dogs and wildlife.
An owner of another dog or puppy should never have to justify why they don’t want your off-leash dog approaching them.
A puppy could be under vaccinated, sick or going through specialized training.
An adult dog may have reactivity issues and your dog approaching could set the dog back even if they are not being outwardly reactive.
Not to mention, this is a safety issue for your own dog as well. While some dogs may not be reactive they may be aggressive. The off-leash dog is always at fault in cities with leash laws, because had your dog not approached there would be no Incident.
If you are the handler of an off-leash dog don’t get to make the decision for the other dog owner if your dog meets their pets, child or them.
Some people simply don’t want to meet your dog. Some people simply don’t want your dog to meet their dog.
One of the biggest responsibilities of pet owners is to keep all dogs safe. We do this through reliable recalls -the first call everytime and leashes.