Last week my boyfriend told me, Cooper had played with a strange, boy dog! He had been walking the dogs(Cooper and Jinx), taking them to a building site(defelopement area, where businesses are about to be build, but now it is still some raods and a whole lot of grass) so they could play off leash for a bit. But there was a lady with a dog. Jinx was very interested in this dog, so my boyfriend let her off leash, to go and meet him. The lady told him, that her dog was a bit scared of other dogs, as he had been bitten a couple of times. They were talking about the dogs and while they were talking, Cooper desided he likes this dog. He does a playbow and wags his tail. So my boyfriend asks the lady if it ok to let him off leash, as he knows he won't be able to get Cooper back, if he does go into crazy mode. THe lady says it's fine, because her dog will come to her, when she calles, no matter what. So Cooper is released and takes off to play, then desides this dog is not as interesting and starts to play with Jinx. The strange dog felt left out, I guess, because he started humping Cooper. And... Cooper didn't react!! He reacted as he does with Jinx, in a playfull way!!!!! I was sooo proud of my boy and so sad I wasn't there to see it happen! But!!! Last saturday I took my kids(the dogs) for a two hour walk on a trail following the river. Both of them are off leash, because( I thought) I could see everyone coming, so I would be able to call them back in time. Cooper was playing with a stick up on the embankment and I was lower than him, so I could not see what was on the other side. I knew there was an empty meadow there. Suddenly I see him staring at something, but as I thought there was nothing out there, I though he was looking at something in the distance. And then I see this black dog... My heart stopped. I was too far away, to get to Cooper. He had the hair at the back of his neck up, but he didn't charge the dog. I didn't want to call him, because I knew the panic would ring through in my voice. I didn't want to run, because I didn't want him to think he could run at the dog. Jinx ran off to meet the dog and Cooper slowly went up to him too. I called back Jinx, as I know she will join in the fight, if it came to that. Thank god she has a good recall off dogs!! Cooper had a stiff posture, tail up, but he sniffed the dog and the dog sniffed him. The owner of the dog said: they are just getting to know each other. I told him I got scared, because Cooper doesn't always like other dogs. I took a deep breath and walked up to Cooper. Took him by the collar and said: let's go! The other dog followed his owner in the other direction and Cooper looked up at me with the happiest face. I praised him like crazy!!! Stuffed him with treats and.... let go of his collar. That was a huge thing for me! Normally I would put him on leash untill I was sure the other dog was out of sight. But Cooper ran back to his stick and started challenging Jinx to come run with him. My heart was racing, my hand were sweatty... But OMG I did it!!! Cooper did it!!! This is the first time in almost three years I had the guts to do this! I didn't panic, I stayed calm, well as calm as I could be.... I am soooo proud of my boy!!! And of myself. He has come such a long way, all thanks to my boyfriend's hard work with him. My boy is starting to remember how to interact with other dogs and not immidiately try to kill them! Yes there are some dogs he still reacts to, he really doesn't like them, but I can now pass almost any dog at a few feet, without lunging or being dragged! Have I said how proud I am???