I don't let my staffy off lead more description in this thread:
But I do walk both my dogs in a lap around the dog park to get them accustomed to the presence of other dogs in situations outside obedience training. It helps to stop then reacting to other dogs who are lunging when we do figure eights or dog passing dog.
Sui once pinned down and growled at a small dog at the dog park, it sounded a lot worse than what it was. I was easily able to restrain her and niether dog was injured. But that incodent was the one that convinced me to get a behaviouralist (DogLogic) to assess her. They assessed her as not dog aggressive but very in your face which other dogs will react to. I was left with some recall excerises.
Ever since then she's never been off lead except at home or if noone else is in the dog park. We live with my OH's 2 chihuahuas and our cat can parade in front of her with no reaction.
How today unfolded:
I was walking my pair, was greeted at the door by several large dogs. No issues, lots of tails wagging.
I walked them around and a small bull breed x pup came out of nowhere and latched onto my staffy's face (puppy play). She quickly pinned him down and growled but released when I yelled "No", she didn't have him in her mouth but was holding on with her front paws. My dogs were on lead the pup was off lead. I was keeping a good distance between my dogs and the others, in fact I was walking the fence line.
The pup approached again but I put my staffy in a sit stay and she ignored it's second advances, owner frantically came running up and grabbed their pup.
Next thing I know I have an owner of a small fluffy yelling at me to get my "Aggressive staffy out of the park". Reason is her dog kept approaching mine and her recall was rubbish.
I was so heated up I yelled back and told her to report me to council if she had an issue.
I pay rates too, my rates paid for that park as much as anyone elses. Being abused there and being told to get out in my oppinion is completely unfair. Anyone using that park should have complete control of their animal and as far as I'm concerned I took necessary measures by keeping my dog on lead.
I know my staffy which is why she isn't off lead, she jumps up on people and is generally excitable. If I knew how to change that I would but the fact is I've exhausted all avenues, Yep every trick mentioned in the previous thread.
Just gets me depressed because of the amount of work I've put into her training, 2.5 years of obedience work. She can distance drop for goodness sake . I'm seriously in tears.
I don't know what to think anymore, I've had 4 pets killed by stray dogs and been to court as witness to a pitbull attack. Plus my sister and her sharpei were attacked by a staffy that broke his owners hand only last week, she still has the scabs to prove it.
I made a promise to myself when I adopted my staffy I wouldn't be like the owners that let their dogs attack. I feel like a shit owner, I don't deserve her :'( .