My dog is classed as a Pit Bull Type and as such comes under Breed Specific Legislation (BSL). Bouncer has been through a court process to be added to the Index of Exempted Dogs which is maintained by the Animal Welfare section of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). This means that Bouncer must be muzzled and on a lead at all times in public places.
It is very possible for Bouncer and me to be prejudiced against due to the way he looks and having to wear a muzzle. Some trainers I have contacted have either not been interested or felt he was a lost cause. Some do not answer my messages when they learn his background. Ali however had no hesitation in working with Bouncer! She has congratulated me on my determination to give him a good life and with the methods that she has taught me, he is developing more and more into a happy and relaxed dog and I am growing more confident every day. Ali has also relieved me of the pressure I was feeling that Bouncer must be walked 2-3 times a day and that we can just play ball in the garden. However, we did manage to go for a short walk on Saturday. Bouncer didn’t make it for home (as I make the decisions nowadays!). This short walk was the first time he has been calm enough to go out with me for a long time. Ali has really made a difference to our lives!