My dog, Chance, we think is a Golden retriever mix, but he's mostly white with gold patches. Also he's about 2/3 size of a Golden Retriever.
He's 18 months old and has been loose-leash trained pretty well as long as you don't let him get distracted.
The thing I don't know how to handle is that some dogs that we meet when we're out jogging or walking, he goes ballistic.
We have used a choke chain to train him, and it seemed to work well. But there is that occasional dog that we meet will get him so riled that he pulls, then spins, then pulls backwards, then jumps up and down, then spins again - all to get loose to go attack other dog.
What are my options?
My first question is: Why aren't you using a pinch collar? This is advocated ad nausea in book…
Furthermore, distractions should not be avoided. They should be actively sought after. Distractions make your dog better. They allow you to teach your dog that you are going to make him behave EVEN AROUND A DISTRACTION.