Hi Steve. I have already posted this thread a few months ago and got some really good replies. I thought I would re-post here, so you wouldn't miss it and see what your opinions were. I have had a look at Mollinators thread and thought about putting my story in there but didn't want to 'take-away' from her questions. Well here goes...
A bit about my dog:
Bailey is a 2 year old American Pit Bull Terrier. She was back-yard bred and was attacked by her mother when she was 5 days old. I hand reared her from then on. I was in a bad relationship up until January this year. He was severely beating Bailey. She is now scared of people...this is something I am slowly working on, and making progress.
She is a very scared little dog now. She is almost always tense and anxious however I have her on a daily dose of B Vite, made by Troy. Which is used for racing animals or animals that are anxious.
Bailey and I do Dog obedience at the Para Districts Dog Obedience Club. We go there every Sunday. Bailey is now up to level 3.
Bailey was attacked over the face by another dog on our walk a few months back. She wasn't badly injured however she has a large scar that runs down the bridge of her nose to her bottom lip. The dog latched on and would not let go. Bailey could not react as I had her on the gentle leader.
Well ever since it happened she has become scared of other dogs but instead of hiding etc she gets nippy and lunges almost as though she figures it is 'bite or be bitten'' situation. THIS IS A BIG NO NO FOR ME!!!! I will not allow it.
I understand it can be in her breed etc and if she will remain like this well I will just need to manage it however if I can knock this on the head, so to speak, I want to do it ASAP!
My obedience trainer is working on it with me whilst she is on lead but obviously this is much harder when I'm not at dog obedience. The way she is teaching me to do it is approach another dog, let Bailey get in close, sniff and then pull her away to show her that I am in control NOT her. Works ok but sometimes Bailey reacts before she can even get in close for a sniff. I dont feel in control letting my dog get in close when she could nip or bite.
People (including myself) are not normally to happy about you approaching their pet with a dog that is lunging, snarling and nipping.
I have muzzled her and taken her out with friends dogs to see how she reacts. She doesn't bark, growl or hackle up. However as she has minimal defence she tends to rear up on her back legs and 'box' with her front paws, which can be just as lethal as her teeth.
She is ok with dogs she already knows.
Any advice would be greatly appreciative