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You should definitely carry some sort of deterrent like pepper spray or a good sturdy stick (at least 4 feet long) with you especially in an area where dogs are known to be roaming freely. In most cases it will not be necessary to use the stick as anything more than a tool to keep a buffer zone between you, your pup, and the unfriendly visitor. Also, as was suggested above, try to appear as large as possible to the other dog and try very hard to remain calm and NOT fearful. An aggressive dog is more likely to attack if it senses fear and observes a fearful posture on your part.
When I am out with my puppy, Axl is also along and he is WELL capable of handling any aggressive dogs we might encounter as he has done on several occasions - including a rather large Rottie that ran up and attacked him (unprovoked) and got WAY more than it bargained for.
Axl doing what he was BORN