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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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Doesn't sound alarming to me either. Occasionally Sally acts like that around a group of dogs. It's like she has to get things settled with them, then everything is fine.

We took our dogs to Bark in the Park Atlanta Braves game last fall and just happened to meet up with her breeder and a friend who was taking some of her dogs to the game. There were a LOT of dogs there.

Sally started her hackles up, barking, intimidating behavior. Honestly, I was embarrassed. I started to correct her. The breeder said, "Oh that's ok. She's just letting everyone know who's boss around here."

After that, I started paying closer attention to what she actually does, and that was right on. Once it's all settled, she is just fine. Has a great time playing nicely with everyone.

So, right now, your "problem" doesn't sound so bad. But, of course, that's my non-professional, non-trainer, non-behaviorist opinion FWIW! :p
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