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Alfies nervous in large groups of dogs :(

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Ive taken him to the park this morning. We saw Billy a springer spaniel who he knows..but Billys whole family was there so about 6 dogs in total. I let him off as they were all heading our way and he hates greeting dogs while he is on a lead (we had some lead aggression issues last year). So it makes it easier if he says Hi off lead.

But he went full steam ahead growling, heckles up. It was a kind of back off signal to them. But once he had had a sniff he was fine. The lady was ok about it, she is a spaniel breeder and understood that he gets anxious. I really dont want him being like this in large groups, he doesnt like over bearing dogs that jump on him etc

Any ideas? Tips? I really would love him to play with other dogs without having to avoid big groups
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The behavior I notice at dog parks is anytime a single dog comes to a group, the single dog is subjected to the mandatory sniffing, and then everyone gets along. Many times the new 'single' dog will tend to get submissive, timid, shy, or defensive. It seems to be the normal behavior. HK is especially timid when this happens.

Regarding the chase, HK does not like to chase other dogs. But as I interpret her behavior, she loves to be chased. She will run towards another dog and also seem to try to tease the other dog to chase her. If she is successful, the result is this full speed chase that can last 10 seconds or several minutes. She really seems to love being in front of a group of three or more. I believe this is her favorite activity at the park. UNLESS, she has a ball to chase and retrieve herself. And if she has a ball in her mouth, she could care less about any other dog in the park.
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