this is pretty awesome! Ollie is only ever on a lead by roads. He has excellent recall skills, so I never worry about him approaching people/dogs, but if we’re on a narrow walkway I know people are gonna be pretty terrified of him, so I leash him. I also trained Ollie to only ever walk behind me unless I say otherwise, so I always have control over what we approach and in what style. I only really use a lead to put other peoples minds at rest.
I finally caught up with the trio of Italian Greyhounds who walk past my boyfriend’s house everyday. I now know them as Jake (the white and tan on top), Sophie (the grey), and Bella (the tan). Jake is very friendly and loved being petted. Bella is a little more reserved, and came over to sniff my hand, but didn’t stay for pets. Sophie is very shy and hid behind her person’s legs most of the time.