@JeannieCO, with the first lady who got nipped, i didn't realize what Finn had done until after the lady told me, like a few seconds after the actual nipping. I didn't see it happen, it was so quick. So, my reaction was just of frustration and apologies to the nice lady! With the 2nd one who Finn barked at, I didn't allow him to get too close to her and when he barked, I tugged his leash and said "NO". Not sure how effective that was either.
@2bullyMama, my energy/vibe when I see people approaching us on the walks is one of slight anxiety. I don't really feel I have a good handle/control on the two of them when we all walk together with a lot of people out and about. I feel much more relaxed when we walk very early in the a.m. b/c I know there won't be any other people/dogs around OR if we're out in a big park that's a very roomy and open space. I can feel myself being more at-ease during those times. I do on occasion take Finn out by himself but I actually feel guilty for leaving Tate home alone b/c when Finn and I leave, Tate gets crated and he starts barking, wanting out. I know, i know, I need to be stronger w/that. I like walking Finn or Tate individually however b/c it's during those times that i feel most "in control" and not so anxious when others approach us. It's also a good time for me to review our "heel" and basic commands. Hope that all made sense!.
@Vicaroo1000, I'm not controlling the meetings, the boys are! Both are very strong and will pull me towards the person. And tho I do shorten the leash, and I tell them to "sit", it's very chaotic and the meeting just feels "messy".
Yikes, just writing all this down is making me realize that i need more help than i thought!