There is a lovely big fenced dog park not far from my place. I had great plans for Misha and I to go there regularly, but I shelved those plans when it was apparent that Misha get's very stressed in certain situations.
Recently I've noticed comments here that my decision might not be the best one, so I'm asking your advice.
Misha is a smallish dog, friendly, gentle, and obedient. She is 14 months and 7.6 kilos. She interacts well with most dogs at the off-leash park and has learned that size isn't an issue, but the 2 issues she still has are that she eventually loses it if there is a pushy young dog who keeps nipping around her face and head, and the other one is if there is a dominating dog (or pack of dogs) who comes at her, she goes into complete submissive mode, she finishes up on her back and screaming in fear (it's heart wrenching to see), this is the behaviour that worries me the most.
She loves all dogs she meets when walking on leash, and if allowed to interact her body language immediately says 'I want to play'.
I'm not too concerned about her losing her cool with a pushy pup, I'm hoping that is an OK behaviour, but what can I do to help her overcome her fear of dominant dogs when off-leash? I've never seen a dog as scared as she gets and it's heart-breaking. I'd appreciate your comments, especially if it means we can eventually frequent the dog park without problems.