Sui my staffy is 3 years old and has been to a dogsNSW registered training club for 2 years now. It did wonders with some of her problems e.g. pulling on lead during walks, but some of her issues still haven't been addressed.
Sui is great with small animals and cats, she's great with Maxie our rescue puppy and our elderly chihuahuas. Generally a very pleasing dog to have around, she's my little shadow.
Take her down to the dog park or anywhere away from home and it's a different story. She's very excitable around other dogs, jumps up on people and is generally in your face so she doesn't get let off lead. At training she has her moments when she'll randomly lunge at another dog which is making me anxious about letting her off lead.
She's no far off graduating to next level with off lead stays and recalls. She's very powerful it would only take one mistake in a split second .
I've tried a behavouralist recommended by a rescue group on another forum but after $200 for a 2hr consult with absolutely nothing to show for it I'm not keen on giving it another go.
Another rescue group suggested Lammarra training, I kind of doggie boot camp. They said it would cost approximately $500 for 2 weeks which sounds a lot better than the previous one, but I'm currently debating it with my OH because it's still quite a lot of money to give away for something that has no guarantees. People at dogs training have supported him saying I'm the handler I should be the one traininer her, I do understand their point unforutunately they don't understand the full story and it's given my OH ammo for our disagreements.
Problem is to get results in my situation it would have to be very intense training, meaning time off work. I'd need assistance from lots of cooperative strangers who know about dog issues. I need non reactive dogs and their handlers. In other words it's impossible for me to do it on my own .
What do you suggest is the best avenue?
I want to be able to trust my dog. She's a great dog but just needs a bit of help .