I have also posted this on the dog forum, but any help is appreciated!
Bit of background.
I live at home with my parents, the two setters are 'family' dogs, however Tessi has a stronger attachment to my dad, and Rufus to myself.
We have never had any issues walking them, and due to laws in Germany they are kept on the lead 99% of the time (as most dogs are, or should be!). If we see another dog approach off the lead, we ask the owner to put the dog on the lead. No issues.
I was home alone from Saturday-Thursday as my family visited extended family in the UK. No issues, but after a couple of days the dogs started to shadow me around the house, and sleep by my bed of a night time rather than their beds or the landing.
Thursday morning, I was walking the dogs. Three black alsation types walked past, between two walkers. We said good morning to each other, dogs passed each other no issues.. then one of their dogs jumped and snapped at me.
My two went crazy. I pulled Rufus back, but I firmly believe if I hadn't, he would have had the other dog. Tessi who will run and hide behind me if another dog barks went in to the mix as well. I reacted, pulled them back and away and shouted at them which shut them up immediately. The owner then yelled at me, I pointed out her dog went for me, and as there were no injuries left.
Every dog we then passed, Rufus had his hackles up.
Since then, he is better, but tenses when passes other dogs. When I come home for lunch, or at the end of the day with my dad they howl the house down until we get in (they can hear us coming up the path and start creating noise).
He isn't stand offish with other dogs with my dad, just me.
All I can think is that my reaction, which was the wrong one, has now set this behaviour. It shook me up something rotten, I have never seen my dog like this before, but I really REALLY don't want it to happen again. I have checked to see if I tense up, or hold the lead tighter etc when we walk past other dogs, and I can't feel myself doing any of that. I always say hello to people as I walk past them... but I want to get out of this before it develops, and learn how to stop it from happening again.