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Keep him leashed and train him in obedience while around other dogs. Teach him to focus on you and correct him if he tries to go for other dogs. You are his leader, you control what he can and cannot do. If he has some doggie friends that you and their owners allow to play together, make him work obedience with you before you release him to play. This will teach him that he only gets to play with dogs on YOUR command and ONLY after good obedience work.


Signing up for group training classes will also help to teach him that the presence of other dogs does not automatically equate playtime with other dogs. Above all, none of this will do any good if you're more boring than playing with other dogs. Make playtime with YOU the best thing ever! If he loves balls, never allow him access to balls when he's with other dogs. He only gets to play with balls with you and you alone.

There is a fine line between socializing your dog with other dogs and allowing him to become too "doggy," to the point where the dog-human bond begins to suffer. Dogs will naturally want to bond more with their own kind. You may want to reduce his time with other dogs drastically while you make him realize the wonders of playing with you and paying attention to people over other dogs. Also, if the other dogs growl at your dog, they could have their own problems but chances are your dog is rushing up to them and greeting them rudely. Watch out, this could get ugly if it continues.
 
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