Hi guys, newbie here.... Im posting because I would like some views please.
I foster/assess dogs for a rescue. This is what happened.
I fostered a staffie 8 month old boy (castrated). Boistrous etc as youngsters are. I was very strict with him - no excitement around other dogs/cats, disciplined with food etc. He was a doll - walked happily off lead with my russell and played ball happily off lead with my lurcher.
He was adopted by a lovely lady locally. 3 weeks after adoption he was out walking (on lead) when a stray dog (no owner about) rushed up to him - rucus ensued. No blood, no vet attention needed.
A week later he growled at a dog on a lead that was walked up to him.
A week after that we walked him together with my 4 doggies (on leads) - one short growl, then walked brill + sat relaxed and said hello relaxed to all 4 of my chaps.
This is literally the only problems he has had - not destructive, happy left alone, doesnt bark when alone, LOVES adoptive mum and family, will take choc drops gently etc etc etc - Beautiful.
However - being the responsible dog owner she is, adoptive mum thought socialising / training would be good, so she contacted local ''dog training'' academy. She explained the situation with the two times agression has been shown. Dog trainer (supposed to be professional) said on the first conversation (never having seen the dog) '' It sounds like he is a mastiff cross'' (amongst other unhelpful things). Adoptive mum VERY concerned (house & fencing is set up for a staffie - not a mastiff!!) phones me. I have to reassure her - he NO WAY looks like a mastiff/cross.
Dog trainer asks to see him for an assesment.
This morning the assessment took place.
Adoptive mum turned up at academys training field - was told, muzzle him and tie him to this long running lead. The trainer then turned loose two of her dogs. dogs all said hello, then trainers two dogs walked away, and staffie pup followed. Barged one of the dogs (shoulder push - typical excited staffie) so both trainer dog set into him. Staffie responded with aggression (muzzled). Trainer told adoptive mum she could not call staffie back and ''not to worry - they are just showing him who is boss''. Adoptive mum and her 16 year old daughter in tears.
At the end of the session she was told that '' I have measured his chest and head and its a pit bull or a pit bull mix'' '' its very agressive'' ''it has to be put on the dangerous dogs list - cost £1500'' '' you MUST take the dog to specialist agression training - £ 100 a session'' etc etc. Adoptive mum felt humiliated - the assesment took place in front of 5 strangers, the trainer didnt explain or ask any questions, didnt comfort adoptive mum or show ANY understanding whatsoever - in fact adoptive mum said it was apparent from the moment she arrived that the trainer was disapproving - even before the assessment!!
I HAVE NEVER IN MY LIFE BEEN SO P
SSED OFF!!!! This so called trainer has surely CAUSED this dog to become agressive - surely having two dogs set to him (without ANY control from a pack leader) has just shown him it is justified to be agressive?!?! The whole experience was AWFUL and has left adoptive mum in tears the whole day thinking she now has a PIT BULL!!!!!! I spoke to the vet and he said NOTHING in the 3-4 times he has been in to him has made him think its a pit bull - he has been a lovely dog.
I AM LIVID AND JUST DONT KNOW WHAT THE H
LL TO DO!!!!