Sorry, guys I need some advice urgently...I feel like I'm at breaking point with these dogs.
So, my partner who I recently got in a relationship with has two dogs, one american staffordshire terrior and the other is a cross of the same breed. When we were just friends I knew she didnt take her dogs for walks and when I questioned why she always said it was because one of them was too aggressive with people and dogs and they were both just uncontrollable. The first time I met the dogs Anaki the female had killed a cat in the backyard and I guess despite my not liking of them not being taken for walks it didnt give me much sympathy for her (I love cats).
Then now that we are together, I feel a personal responsibility to these dogs...I've been taking them for walks and to say its been difficult is an understatment. I first started by taking them to the park. One of the dogs, the full bred female Anaki is very dog aggressive and is kept on a lead but every walk I would get major anxiety because even seeing another dog in the distance because it will cause her to go into hunting position and want to attack. And if a dog runs up to her, I'm not sure what I would do. She was then taken away by the council for a week because she escaped the backyard and was barking at the neighbour, I felt bad but that week was such a relief. I could take the other boy on walks, occasonaly he would be aggressive on walks if accompained by Anaki but alone he was a dream. Completely submissive with dogs and really good with people and any other animals...he was just very relaxed at home and wouldn't misbehave. Then we got Anaki back and I had to try and tackle walks again with both...I took them to the park just the other day (I take them on a daily basis) and since I hadn't taken her for 2 days because I'd been at my own house she went absoultely nuts at the park...pulling on her lead and she is a VERY strong dog, I was scared I wouldnt be abel to hold on. Eventually Romper got into it and they started fighting and bleeding and I felt extremely overwhelmed. I vowed to not take them to the park anymore and stick to the streets. So I did just that and just today there was a cat that ran by way too close too her and she lunged to attack, since she couldnt get the cat she started fighting with Romper and going nuts...I didn't know how to control it and I wanted to break down in tears. I'm scared of walking the streets incase a cat by chance comes too close. I don't know what to do, I want to do the best for these dogs because they deserve to be walked but Anaki cannot be controlled and I can't afford a special trainer right now.
Also, even if they've already been walked they now wont let me leave the house because they are used to walks ...they will bark, growl at me if i try and pull them back to let me leave and even (softly) bite me. Its out of control and I had to end up taking them for another quick walk even though I was late.
What can I do? I want to walk them but it gives me so much anxiety and I'm scared for other dogs and animals if I do. I want them to have a quality life but no amount of no and treat rewards seems to curve their behaviour