PLus, the dog owners would probably get bored of all that training, and begin to avoid us, so they wont' have to stand there while i train Buddy to stop pulling to see his friends.
Seeing as V. only has 1 friend...I don't care if she pulls to see him...we only see him when we actually go to meet him...so I don't blame her for being excited and he's @ 20 pounds heavier than her and he doesn't mind if she launches herself at him and jumps on his head.
and this, so NOT like Buddy:
//She also tends to react more to the lone dog that comes out of nowhere as opposed to there being allot of dogs around.//
This is what I think is going on with V. She tends to be reactive in general so it isn't just a lone dog she will bark at. One day a branch fell and was crossing the sidewalk in a weird way and she spazed. So I let her charge it and she did her whole approach cautiously , retreat, approach...and then she realized it was a branch and I swear (and maybe I tend to anthromorphize allot) but her BF was with us and his owner felt the same thing...it was like she was embarrassed. Like :Oh yeah, branch. I knew that. Duh".
Anyways I read something @ reactivity, gonna pharaphrase but something about dogs getting set off by the presence of something in a place where it was unexpected. Sort of along the same lines as to why reactive dogs react to comings and goings; changes in the composition of the environment. I really think that is part of why single, dogs, "coming out of nowhere" are a challenge for her...and that also happens much more so in the winter.
Now the places where I walk V. are extremely dog friendly; they even have strategically placed bins with free poop bags around. So in the nice weather tons of dogs; the good thing (aside from exposure experience) is generally 99% of the time the dogs are leashed. And I think it's almost a case where she gets too flooded to react. Like "Oh look a dog! And another dog. Wait 3 more dogs over there! Oh crap what was that? a dog almost in my face! OMG They're everywhere!!!!!" And then I think her little brain fries in her head from stimulation overload. Maybe she isn't using better skills in the summer...maybe she jsuts gets overwhelmed and shuts down????