Hi, I’m looking for advice from anyone kind enough to share there time and experiences with me. I rescued a dog last year, he was 3 months old when I got him. He is know 15months old, very large and hairy. He is a wonderful dog and very intelligent. He adores saying hello and getting cuddles of everyone he meets however there lies my problem! Since he was young his unusual looks have got him a lot of attention, everyone wants to say hi and I believe this (and my lack of experience!) have added to a giant goofy dog who is too friendly for his own good. I’m aware there are a lot of dogs (and people) who don’t want a large dog galloping into there space and I don’t want to be a clueless owner or seem naive or unsympathetic to there dogs needs (I care so much about everyone’s happiness when I’m out with Akela!) My boy when of leash charges full throttle towards other dogs, when he gets to them he gets into a play bow, tail wagging (I fact whole body wagging) and tries his best to encourage play. He has a multitude of doggy friends and I often walk him with other dogs, he will play the entire duration of the walk! Therefore I feel like when it’s just me and him, maybe I’m not exciting enough? (I just don’t know!) If he doesn’t come back to me and reaches the dog only a handful want to play, which I massively respect and I put him on the lead to show respect to the owners. People are so kind and say ‘it’s ok, he’s just young’ but I feel horrible that sometimes he just won’t listen. I take full responsibility for my dog, his shortcomings are my own! I just need some advice with what to do! He knows many commands, and I train him everyday! Sit, stay, ok (for go on) come, close, watch me, away, leave, no bark, no jump. Sometimes (and I can’t figure out what’s the difference) he will listen to every command whilst of lead and other times (especially recently) he will do the command very briefly and then jump up and run of to the dog, or person! He never barks at people he just wants to play but I know that’s only ok if I say it’s ok. Putting him back on the lead doesn’t seem to get the message across. He is fed fresh cooked meals (due to his endless list of allergies!!) and we hike everyday. I hate putting him on the leash as he has so much energy. The weekends we do 5-10 mile hikes and weekdays 3-5mile hikes. He is well excersized and I live in a beautiful rural location, so we have endless places to go exploring but of course we will always see people. He loves to play hide and seek and I always do a mini training session in the garden before we go out! But I’m obviously missing something! I would do anything for my boy, so please anyone who’s gone through this can you let me know how you got your dog to stop being so rambunctious? Thanks so much for reading this post.