I just posted something similar on aggression with other dogs in another section of the forum.
Also, I do the same thing with Talker. Before he sees another dog across the street I will put him in a sit position. I have him watch me with treats.
Also, for the past few weeks we've been using a Halti collar. I had tried using a halti collar on Talker when he was about 2-1/2 years old and he fought me desperately for 3 weeks and I finally gave up. A few weeks ago, I tried again (Talker is now 6) and we've been doing great together. What I did notice about myself is that I didn't go into a tense mode when he fought me this time around. His tantrum lasted a few days and now he's easy going about the Halti. I also noticed because the leash is no longer tense, when we pass a dog he does not lunged or act up. If he does, it's a quick jerk (its hardly a jerk) and he's back in line. We now can walk pass a dog that is across the street with little to no problem at all. It's quite an improvement.
Before, I could hear Talker go into his pant – it was like he was getting himself worked up--you know, like he was puffing out his chest. The minute he would start, I would put him in a sit. I didn't let him escalate himself into a state of mind.
Watch and listen and try to catch the behavior before it gets into an out of control state of mind. Stop it before it escalates and put Cleo in a sit and get her state of mind into a calm, relax state.
Yes, it true, Talker believes he owns the neighborhood. I do not let him mark whenever he pleases. When we start the walk, he usually urinates. After that I do not let him stop at every bush, tree, etc. He goes again before we get back to the house and that's it. I don't know if its help, but I do believe he was just marking because he wanted to and not b/c he needed too.
P.S. We're on a Dogster.com group called Basenji Bratz where I've been posting updates about our Halti walks. I swear its quite an improvement. We now go on longer walks and we're both enjoying the exercise. I think he's finally getting it. The more he behaves, the more he gets tired and is out enjoying his neighborhood.