Growling at dogs during walk

My females were good off and on leash with other dogs until about age 2 years. Then they began to growl and lunge and other behaviors. Spaying and obedience reduced it a bit but had to be always vigilant around other dogs as I could not predict if the meeting would be good or not so much.

neutering helped calm all of my Basenjis down

At 12-14 months my males started to get snarky, neutering then calmed them down and were less snarky. Additionally I find that dogs that are un-neutered are frequently the target for being jumped by other dogs who aren’t neutered.

My experience is - go to the dog park more often.
Fred had those phases and still has them every spring. He growls and is acting dominant. When we enter in the dog park, first few minutes I am yelling NO! And them he relaxes and start playing.
I would recomend more dog encounters off leash -but Fred is very playful and he is not aggresive, so that works for him. He is not biting, just growling hard.

Neutering won't help and might even make the situation worse. He is a teenager, just trying to assert himself. In any case, it can take a couple of years for the hormones to subside following castration. Firm discipline is needed, not a knife. And the last thing you want is for his confidence to take a knock so he becomes unsure of himself and more likely to be unpredictable.
Having no experience of dog park, I can't visualise the scenario. I run mine free in a nearby (large) woodland. Weekends we meet scads of dogs and if I see one approaching on a leash, I whistle mine to me and hold their attention with a treat while the tethered dog passes. They are friendly but I like to be fair to the other dog. He (or she) is obviously on a leash for a reason. Weekday mornings, sometimes I go a long walk without meeting a soul, other times we meet the same people and ours dogs know each other.
There is one border terrier called Geoffrey and when he first came to the woods about 4 years ago, my three (in those days) took an instant dislike. It was mutual. But these they they just meet and pass by with noses in the air !
Be patient and firm. Let him know YOU are the alpha and will not tolerate bad behaviour - but leave him as nature intended.

That is what basenjis and other dogs do especially if they are on a leash. I go to a dog park everyday and my 10 yr old retired show dog who is not neutered will growl at other dogs esp when they want to get close and sniff my dog out. I go off leash and hook my dog up when I get close to other dogs. My basenji always wants to take on other bigger dogs. .lol!

It infuriates me when folks bring an in season bitch into the forest. Keepurr, entire and proud of it, can tell, a couple of miles away ! Thereafter, for several days, he will sniff EVERY bitch on the off-chance it was her - but that's all he does. Hoover loves big boy dogs, but that is what dogs do - they sniff. But then they should just pass on. I wouldn't tolerate any signs of aggression and they know it -

You might want to take advanced obedience classes - "mind your manners", "bogeyman", "impulse control" etc. if they are offered in your area
(Fenzi Dog Sports Academy offers such classes online also) or even a
competitive obedience novice level class. I found these sorts of classes
really helped my Teddy work more calmly around other dogs.

@nellyja said in Growling at dogs during walk:

Read best tips for dog training is to think growing dogs

best tips? Not even close. Tie a collar and leash to pup while it eats? Beyond that, nonsense. I wonder how many sites you go to in order to spam with that site?

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