Thanks for coming back.
The exercise thing is not too bad. We have 5 acres of mostly bush and the dogs get free reign, otherwise I would choose a different type of dog altogether. Trouble is, that puts us a fair way from dog parks, even this one at 35-40 mins each way. Fenced ones are even further apart. When we lived in town, we used to go to a riverside park that was not fenced but was well away from any main roads. There were literally hundreds of dogs there each afternoon, and very little of this sort of behaviour and very few fights.
But yeah I will look around to see if I can try one as "close" as the one that troubles me.
Been thinking about BJay the Huntaway.
I seriously take your point about working dogs maybe being tough. But we adopted two farm rescues from a pack of ten. One is the female we have now and she is what is often described as feisty. She will snarl at any affront and used to bite the other one, just when they were playing and running together. By "bite" I mean a 1.5-2" chunk out of his flank and a visit to the vet for stitches. She did that 3 times and in one instance bit him twice. The bitee, on the other hand, who was older and bigger, did not react, and the reason I did not realise the first bite was because he made no reaction beyond a bit of a moan. He could have beaten the craygap out of the female if he wanted. He was a real cool gentleman.
But I must admit that down the dog park he would not brook just that behaviour I OP'd. He would beat down on any dog that got too personal, and he was a powerful guy.....but it took a lot. In that case the owners were blaming my guy! They would walk the other way because of my dogs! Precious.
This is why I ask if my human dislike of obsessive butt-licking is wrong. So many owners take their own dog's side.
But BJay, regardless of his heritage (mixed, I will say) has led a very sheltered life, I gather, with a little old lady owner. So any breed instinct is not realised. He is undoubtedly gentle to other dogs.
I have to hope that. We had to put down our last dog after he literally tried to eat on of our other dogs, then attacked the tiny JRT next door. His were killing attacks, competitive or predatory; tear out our little guy's shoulder, and the skin off the neck of the JRT.. It was immensely sad but had to be done. To us, as seems to be so often with (pit) BT's he was the perfect companion. We adored him.
But a pack herder is a different dog from a bull-terrier -based fighter, no matter how sweet. So we have to hope.