I've been to four Labradoodle Romps with Matilda. She seemed to do pretty well there. At the one in New York she actually ran with the dogs and seemed to do fine. At the three we've been to out her in California, she didn't play, but she didn't seem to get over aroused by the running of the other dogs. She mostly seemed comfortable walking around sniffing other dogs and mostly sticking with me.
At agility for the past year Matilda gets over aroused. She barks and barks. It starts off as we arrive because the dogs in the yard across the street are barking as we arrive. That gets Matilda barking. When we first get back into Barbara Mah's backyard where class is held, Matilda is usually all right again, but once the dogs begin to run, she barks and barks non stop. I have been bringing a pop up crate and covering it with a sheet and that has helped. But one of the dogs barks as she runs and that drives Matilda crazy.
I want to try to get Matilda socialized well enough so that she can play with Stella next summer and I'd love to cure this over aroused barking behavior.
Yesterday and today I took Matilda to our town's dog park. She began barking as soon as she saw where we were. Inside the park she continued barking. Mostly she'd stand and look at the dogs and bark. Sometimes she'd run after dogs for a little but not get close to them. One female German shepherd she chased and barked at. She was clearly making the shepherd uncomfortable. Later when the shepherd's mom moved off her bench and onto the grass Matilda didn't chase.
After awhile Matilda did stop barking. She did get involved with some mutual sniffing. As new dogs came into the park she did start up with some barking, but she would stop pretty quickly. One fairly dominant male Lab did come over to her and sought to engage her in play. He was mixing it up with lots of dogs. She seemed intimidated by him, tail between her legs, but she didn't run away.