in response to situation & specifically to "Prin"
If my dog were encountered like this, I'm sure something negative would have happened. She's just not trusting of strangers, something common in her breed.
Prin - you said you've desensitized your dogs to the point that they wouldn't react to that. What kind of dogs are those and how did you desensitize. I'd love to train my dog to be less sensitive, though I'm not sure I'm able. Also, Prin, what part of Montreal was very difficult, and what parts are better? I've just moved to the region, so I'm very curious to know.