Exposure is very important, but not in the "hey, look way over there, a bunch of kids are playing". He needs to be near them, interacting with them at some level. I would walk him up to people with apparently well behaved children, give them a dog treat, and then ask them (the child) to tell your dog to sit, and then give him the treat. You need to show him that kids are just little adults, and need to be respected and listened to. Making him "focus on you" just makes the kids a scary thing. He doesn't know what they are, and you need to show him, not try to get him to ignore them. the more you segregate him now, the worse it can become. Are you training him to heel, come, sit and stay? If he knows these commands very well, give his leash to kids and have them walk him with commands. If you don't use a leash to enforce commands, start. He needs to understand when you give his leash away, you are giving him away. It is NOT a good sign that he is apprehensive, but it could very well be all the nervous energy that the adults are exhibiting when he's around. Get the nervous nellies to get out of the room, or don't be around them with him. That can cause issues that don't really exist. What methods are you using to train? I really hope you are using a correction collar, and a lead, because that is the best way to communicate with him in times of distraction.
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