I will start by saying: I am not a GSD owner...but I am a dog lover. Grew up with dogs of all kinds, and have owned an English Bulldog for the last 6 years. I have never been without a dog as my constant companion, as a child and as an adult. My in-laws got a GSD about 3 years ago. One year ago, it bit our cousin (at the in-law's home, when nobody was home- they asked him to stop by and pick something up). The dog owners were visiting us at our home last week, and brought their dog, who they assured me is not aggressive anymore. I have two small kids (one just turned 3, and one is 7 months old). So, even though they have tried to assure me the dog is "no longer aggressive", I always keep the kids at a distance. Wouldn't you know it, that dog bit me in my own backyard. Scared the heck out of me. It is pretty traumatic to see a GSD charging at you, snarling. (Which is why I am here, and why I spent three hours wide awake last night re-visiting that image... thanking God it was me and not my kids... thanking God it wasn't any worse.). It happened so quickly! I was so scared.... I am still in shock. All I did was exit our cottage, walk towards my own back door, and greet the dog. I extended my hand for the dog to smell (even though dog was not close enough to smell it). I said "Hi "dog name" ". And next thing I know, that dog was after me. I turned my back to it, held still, and offered my rump, and prayed someone would come to my rescue. The dog bit me in my bum, not a nip, either- it was definitely a bite- and I have a bruise to prove it. I guess my question is: How can I convince the owners that their dog has issues and needs immediate training? I will NEVER bring my kids anywhere near the dog again. Over the years, the owners have tried to get our kids to help feed the dog, play with the dog, etc... and I have always said NO, since I knew the dog had bitten another family member in the past. I certainly do not want this to get in the way of our relationship- but I cannot risk being anywhere near the dog again.... And especially my children--- what if that had been them instead of me? I think the owners are being selfish, keeping a dog like that. (Or at least tryign to force my kids into being some kind of experiment for it)...PS- They leave it in the car with the windows open, when they visit other people (who know the dog's history, and also do not want it in their homes). Well, there is a lawsuit waiting to happen. What if some idiot reaches in to pet the dog through the car window? That dog would for sure bite again. Any advice on how to talk to the owners without offending them?