Hello! My husband and I have had our pit bull for a month now, been taking him to obedience classes (he has 3 weeks left), and in the short time he has been with us, he's learned sit, stay, lay (down), off, and stand. We continually work with him walking on a loose leash; although he doesn't always like it, the Gentle Leader works amazingly well with him.
We knew from the get-go that our number one priority would be to socialize him in our town with other people, kids, and animals (especially neighboring dogs). O'Shea loves everyone he meets--men, women (although he's fond on the ladies, lol), children, and other dogs. But when we do take him on walks, and others see us coming down the sidewalk, many will whisper to each other and walk the other way (especially if they have a dog of their own they are walking). How do you best deal with this situation? We have been having him sit/stay when people are walking by, or if a dog is approaching, he'll sit/stay, and we'll allow the other dog to approach first, if the owner so chooses. I'm just really tired of those who see him, judge, and don't even give him a chance. Any thoughts? THANK YOU