We adopted a 5-month old pittie mix, Kaya, from BARCS August 15, 2013. She has been a loving and important part of our family for more than a year, and my husband and I have grown incredibly attached to her.
When Kaya turned about 9 months old, she became progressively more aggressive and territorial. It started out with food aggression, which we are still struggling with, and eventually aggression towards other dogs. Our biggest concern of late is her aggression towards strangers, men in particular.
As soon as this behavior became obvious, we contacted a trainer, Linda Stallings of Chesapeake Dog Trainers. Concerned with Kaya's behavior, she recommended another trainer by the name of Ira Hartwell. Ira is very well respected and regarded highly in our Annapolis community. He has even testified in several court cases, even those again BSL.
We've been on a strict regimen since we began working with Ira in April. We've seen may positive changes in her day to day behavior (she is a great dog for us), but the biggest issue of all, the aggression towards strangers, has not improved.
We've been working with Kaya every day, but now our routine will be changing, as my husband and I are expecting in late March. This is a very happy time for us, and a time that we always thought Kaya would be a part of as well. Last night, Ira asked us to come over for a serious conversation. He truly believes in his professional opinion that our house will not be a safe place for our baby and Kaya to exist together.
This is the hardest thing I've ever had to admit, and I fear that he is right. We just can't take the risk. Not for our guests and not for our baby.
I just heard about your organization from a friend, and I thought I'd reach out to you to see what your suggestions, and what are options, are. We are just networking now as much as possible to find Kaya a loving, nurturing home in which someone will have the patience and love to deal with such a special dog. She knows commands in English and Japanese, and even knows some cute tricks. She's smart as a whip with a fun personality. There are just certain situations in which she is nervous. She would be a great addition to a home with women, or a couple where the man is willing to work with her and show her that she can trust him. She absolutely loves my husband and our former roommate, who is also male.
Kaya is a beautiful, small girl--only 40 pounds or so. She gets along with other dogs in certain situations, and will come around to men that spend enough time showing her affection. I've attached a few photos for you to see.
She is spayed, up to date on her shots, and healthy.
Thank you very much for your time.
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