I will train any dog, regardless of breed, shape, size or history as long as the owner is committed to helping their dog. This includes successfully training and rehabilitating highly aggressive dogs that have a history of biting other dogs, and/or people.
I learned on aggressive dogs and that is where I have put my energy ever since. Too many dogs are set up for failure when it comes to dealing with aggression. 99% of the time aggression is REHABILITATION and then a lifetime management plan after that. Very rarely can aggression be CURED. If owners understand this distinction, they are well on their way to helping their aggressive dogs. The only way owners ever will get on that path, is if trainers educate them and are willing to take on these harder cases. I have been told from day one not to handle aggressive dogs because the owners will never listen and in the end it will be a waste of my time. I can’t buy into this. With the right education and knowledge base, I feel owners will understand and do what is necessary to set their dogs up for success.
When working with aggressive dogs, it is very easy to lose sight of my opening statement. But this is where both trainer and owner have to take a deep breath and remember it is even more important. Too many trainers set themselves up as martyrs and tell themselves it is ok to disrespect an aggressive dog by using extreme and harsh measures because if they don’t, nobody else will and the dog will be euthanized. This is not the case for 99% of aggressive dogs. And this is why I believe Respect is the most important factor, yet one of the most elusive in the world of dog training. Respect is something you have to make the decision to give, but once given, it creates a relationship and bond that can never be explained to someone without it.