I'm officially volunteering as a trainer if housing at the White House and food from the chef are included.
This exactly! I know the limitations of my dogs. My previous shelter GSD was comfortable with anyone who came into the house. She was standoffish, outside of the home, but never aggressive with humans. She was reactive to other dogs. I never allowed her to be in a position to become aggressive with other dogs. I avoided any interactions, as they caused her anxiety. My current shelter GSD is quirky. She doesn't have an aggressive bone in her body. If you come into the house, she will adore you - especially if you are a man. But, she must have her safe spaces. She likes her house, her yard, her car. She is not comfortable outside of her safe spaces. To me, it's about understanding your dog. Major is not being understood. He needs a safe space and a consistent person to interact with him. None of this is fair to the dog. It reflects poorly on our breed and on rescues. That is also unfair, as what is going on with the dog is completely preventable.I had a rescue that was very similar to Major. He was fine in his own element but could never have tolerated living in a public setting. I’m furious at the damage this is doing to our breed and I agree with the above comment that rescued dogs don’t always make good companion dogs. Our dog had to be managed until the day he passed. Real dog lovers would never put a dog Iike that into constant stress situations. They need a better plan before someone is seriously hurt and the dog is put down. Medical treatment was sought after one of the bites, so they weren’t harmless.