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That would be scary. Iíve been told it was herding behavior. I happen to know that herding doesnít include snarls and growls. Dog is allowed on lead only now. My deal with the president of the club was broken. Iím livid. Iím researching herding behavior in shepherds. If anyone knows of some good resources, could you please share?
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New issues for me.

I have worked through many things this is something new for me. If you saw my other post, Polit was attacked last week. I think he is doing very well. I thought I was too until PTSD hit me. So, my question is, if I start having an anxiety attack do I just keep on truckin or put him in his crate and calm myself?
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This is maddening to me. I'm not familiar with trials, clubs and competitions but that behaviour is inexcusable in any area other dogs are expected to be! I can see it happening in a neighborhood setting where a dog might be protecting its home, but not this.
Scout slipped out of her collar (actually it came apart) when we were on a walk and she saw a neighbor and his dog walking. She was 9 or 10 months old at the time.
I know she just wanted to play, but the neighbor didnt. He snatched his little fluffy dog up off of the ground before Scout got to them.
I was humiliated! I apologized over and over as any responsible pet parent should. Admitting guilt? None to admit, it is obvious!
Sorry you had to go through this and are still dealing with the aftermath.
I can't offer any advice, but can see why you are not happy with the way this has been handled.
Btw, I got a new collar before taking her out again. No issues since.

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I did finally get an apology. I want to keep it positive for him. Itís not going to be easy. Right now, Iím being overly protective of them.
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So sorry you are going through this. Totally understand the after-effects you might be feeling for yourself as well. If you do get a panic attack, since dogs can sense what we are feeling, perhaps just take a few minutes to stop and regroup? Try to stay upbeat as you are going to put him in his crate, take a few minutes to step outside for some fresh air and then just take him back to where you left off, and have another go at it? It does take some time to get our own confidence back after an incident such as this - particularly if the other dog is still allowed into the area. Good luck!
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Thatís what Iím thinking. Iíll just stop until I get over it and then go back. Iíve been put down a lot for being scared for the safety of all the dogs and people (including the attacker) I think thatís the biggest problem for me. Iíve been told that I donít know what my dog was saying through his actions but complete strangers do. The worst Iíve heard is ďhe didnít mean itĒ because Pilot isnít covered in blood. Dogs donít have the ability to lie. He meant it. I have 4 witnesses who say it was an unprovoked act of aggression and several who heard the aggressive growls and barks. Not sure why anyone would think that this dog isnít a risk because he behaves on lead.
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All I can say is "what a bunch of hooey" that the dog didn't mean it. He came from 50 ft away to go after your dog. No, it was not herding behavior, it was an attack. Most all dogs behave on lead, it is off-lead where this owner has to really step up and understand what their dog did and not make excuses for it. It just sounds like everyone is trying to sugar-coat it to make it go away. Unfortunately, you are not going to change their mind. You know your dog - just ignore the others. Dog fights are a hard thing to get over. It takes us a long time to feel comfortable again - especially if you still need to be around the other dog. Good luck to you!
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Thatís what Iím thinking. Iíll just stop until I get over it and then go back. Iíve been put down a lot for being scared for the safety of all the dogs and people (including the attacker) I think thatís the biggest problem for me. Iíve been told that I donít know what my dog was saying through his actions but complete strangers do. The worst Iíve heard is ďhe didnít mean itĒ because Pilot isnít covered in blood. Dogs donít have the ability to lie. He meant it. I have 4 witnesses who say it was an unprovoked act of aggression and several who heard the aggressive growls and barks. Not sure why anyone would think that this dog isnít a risk because he behaves on lead.
I'm sorry that this happened and that folks are putting you down. If you can go on the weekends when there are less people, it might be less hectic and give you the opportunity to train with only a few dogs in the building. Take care and give yourself time too.

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We have done well considering. The thing thatís getting me most is the vocal dogs. Agility class has been rough on the nerves because thereís a dog that tells its handler off throughout the run. I have gathered some information on herding and aggression and spoken to some GSD owners about it. Board meeting is this weekend. Everyone who was there says it was aggression. The video shows Pilot showing submissive ďplease donít kill meĒ behavior. Itís been a hard way of learning who my real friends are at the club.

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