While on a walk I am reluctant to let other owners allow their dogs to pull their way over to say, what the owners call a "hello" if the dogs seem unruly and the owners do not look like they understand their dogs. I don't think it is fair as the leader of my pack to subject them to it. I am usually able to tell which dogs are on the stable side and which dogs are in control of their owner.
For example once on a walk a lady with a tiny Pekingese asked if her dog could say "hello" to my dogs. She asked if my dogs were good with other dogs because her dog just wanted to say "hello." The whole time her little dog was barking, growling and pulling toward my dogs with all his might. My response was, "Yes, my dogs are good with other dogs but I don't think yours is," to which she responded, "He just wants to say ’hi’." That interpretation of the Peke struck me as funny, but at the same time rather sad.
Today, however while Bruno was getting his water therapy and I was walking Spencer we spotted an owner who was walking their Chesapeake Bay Retriever and the dog was actually heeling on the leash. When they saw us coming the owner had their dog sit down. We chatted for a bit and it turns out this dog had just been rescued and the dog was behaving very well already. The owner was in charge, not the dog, and Spencer and this dog smelled one another all over. We see lots of dogs behind windows and fences while we are out walking but we don't see very many actually out being walked—kind of sad considering how many people out there own dogs.
In order to get Spencer to listen I have to be more bullheaded than he is. I have to be the stronger minded one. Because I am able to succeed at this, I can usually stop him from chasing a cat or a goat from a distance, or to not pull on the lead when he spots a squirrel. If he saw himself as more powerful than me he would not see the need to respond to my wishes.