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Old 07-09-2018, 05:08 PM   #1
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Bonnie's Agility trial started out great. She was really happy and in her class on Saturday she faced her first ascending jump and a spread jump and did both perfectly. Till then she had only been jumping over one bar jumps. She went a little off course at times but did every obstacle, even did the six weave poles which are still a work in progress.

Sunday was a different story. Her class came up and the first dog was a German Shepherd, the same one that attacked her as a young dog. I was the third dog in and had to go to the far side of the ring where you entered. The Shepherd was part way through his run and I headed over. I was about half way over there when I heard the owner of the Shepherd yell really loud, the dogs name and NO! I knew immediately that his dog was coming for us. I kept heading in the same direction and luckily enough the dog was so focused on Bonnie that he ran into the rope around the ring, tripped and fell which gave the owner time to grab him so no damage done except now Bonnie is scared of everything again as she saw him coming. He has had a problem before going after dogs so no way of knowing if he recognized her or just saw a victim. He told the officials that his dog had seen her and was just going over to play with her as he had played with her before. That was a total lie as I have made a point of keeping her well away from him and never went into the arena we train in if he was there. Also it was very evident to all the doggy people that saw it, that it was not the dogs' intention to play.

It is the only trial around that does not use snow fencing around the rings and if they had, he would have just jumped it and not gotten stopped by getting tangled in the rope. I think they will finally ban him which is probably a good thing as it is not the first time he has done this. I know that club will not let him enter again.

I went ahead and ran her, the judge let me go back and forth through the tunnel and then make it as much fun for her as I could. I am not going to do anything with her for a couple of weeks and hope she gets over it alright.

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What an awful experience for you both! You would think that a person with a dog like that, who has had problems before, would at least think of the safety of other dogs even if he didn’t a damn about people’s reactions to him. I hope they ban him too. Poor Bonnie.
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I too hope the german shepard is banned! Poor Bonnie! I hope you can go to another trial where everything goes right. Even the weaves
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Bonnie has no luck at all. I decided today to take Bonnie with me along with Lucy to our Agility practice. It was 30C (90F) and I can take Bonnie into the arena and just tie her up and Lucy has her crate while we are practicing with the little dogs. She is really good, just lies down and watches.

The Obedience was not quite over so I took Bonnie in and just wandered around with her. There are four big dogs she knows and one Rotty x Pitbull which was at the far end of the arena. It has been there every time I have had Bonnie there and she keeps it away from all the other dogs. I was setting the height on one of the jumps for later and Bonnie was lying beside me (on leash) and the Rottyx Pit all of a sudden charged across the ring and the owner could not hold him. He jumped on Bonnie and grabbed her but I kicked him, then hit him really hard with the end of my leash and he ran off, over to go after the other Rotty but had second thoughts and someone was able to grab him. I was almost in tears, I felt so bad for not protecting Bonnie, she did not need that. Luckily he did not have time to take a second bite so Bonnie is alright, just a little bruised and of course, even more scared.

I was starting the past few weeks, taking Gypsy in also but now I am afraid to as I do not want her to have any bad experiences even though this was the first time the dog had gotten away in the arena from the owner. One other time outside the arena when it got away from her and I saw it go after a Border Collie someone was walking. She is a very small person and there is no way she is going to hold the dog (she already has a prong collar on him and the trainer wants her to get an e-collar which is asking for a disaster and will just make him worse.)

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Wow... poor Bonnie. And I completely understand your reticence to take her. You can't focus on what you want to do with her and teach her if you have to be worried about these other dogs. Is there any possibility of getting together with the other owners or the person in charge to discuss how this might be handled better?
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Poor Bonnie! She just has no luck
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