I'm not too sure on what I'm meant to be doing or how to go about it. Some background, first up. My household is not a very dog-friendly place. My parents don't exactly care for Leo (which is sad, because my mum was the one who bought him), and just about tolerate him. As such, I cannot teach him full dominance, etc (he thinks he's in charge over everyone but me), as no one but me is willing to put the effort in to teach him to behave. Also, since my parents are unwilling to foot the bill, and I am in year twelve and cannot work enough, I cannot get him desexed or properly trained.
I have been taking him to a dog park rather regularly, but today was the first time that there had been a lot of dogs there. Since he had never really met other dogs, he was understandably excited and jumpy (I didn't trust him enough to let him off the leash). He doesn't like many dogs in his face at once, and tried to chase every ball he saw flying
I wasn't too sure about him though. I wanted to be able to let him off the leash to go play, but I wasn't sure if a, I could get him back if he bolted, and b, how he'd react to dogs if I wasn't near to stop dogs surrounding him. I was also thinking that he'd try to steal toys (he goes nuts for squeaky toys), and if this would cause fights.
How can I currently improve this situation? Keep taking him there to socialise with more dogs? My dad, who has recently moved up here from Sydney, has a labrador who is very friendly and playful. Would it be worth it to bring her here (or Leo there) to play with each other?
Obviously as I am able to pay for him to do so, I will be enrolling him into puppy classes and getting him desexed. These are just not feasible at the moment.
Thanks for your input (and reading my novel ).