"I really dont know how we will ever socialize her if we can trust er within feet of another dog."
I know I am coming into this a bit late, but bare with me. First of all your above comment I have a couple questions and then a comment of my own. 1. Why would you take on a rescue dog, if you are not going to be open to the fact that the dog will require some work...wether a little or alot? Rescue dogs are usually a rescue for a reason, ie. irresponsible owners, etc. Usually the dogs are lacking in any real training and or have behavioral problems that need work. I had a rescue for 8 yrs., they all needed work on some level when I recieved them. My other question is a bit obvious...why would you even own Pit Bulls if you feel you cannot trust a dog that is not going to be trustworthy within feet of another dog? These dogs are NOT usually social with other strange dogs. If she lunges and acts aggressive, she is acting like a Pit Bull, and needs training on her manners and you need to work on getting control of the situation. If this is not something you can handle...then get another breed that better suits your personality and lifestyle. Pit Bulls are most certainly *not* for everyone.
"The trainer realized that we were having some problems and came over to speak to us, as soon as she went to acknowledge Jaida.. Jaida lunged up and BIT HER! There wasnt blood, and the trainer took immediate control of her.. but it scared the poop out of me, and Im sure everyone else in that room.
I was so stressed over this whole ordeal when we walked out, my husband and I were on the verge of divorce! We argued the whole way home, he kept telling me it could have been a 'freak' accident.. and when I snapped back.. He said.. "poop happens". I was smurfing IRRATE! I kept asking him if he'd think the same thing: "poop happens" if she REALLY got ahold of someone next time and his fanny was charged for it. If this was anyone else she would have bitten.. we wouldnt have been walking out of there without a lawsuit on our hands."
I was not there...but *not all* nipping in dogs is aggression. Pit Bulls are known to be mouthy and can get over excited and nip at everyone in play. Again may be an issue with manners. If this dog was acting aggressively toward the trainer.... 1. She most likely would have made a real bite leaving damage. I should know... I have taken many bites and nips in the past as a groomer, I know what a serious "nip" feels and looks like. 2. If this dog was serious and ment that bite in aggression, I doubt that trainer would have been able to take control over the dog as you, yourself said she did.
"As most of you know.. we just got Jaida a couple of weeks ago. We know she was set to be euthanized 2x in the past, and has been through 9+ homes in the past year. We dont have any other background information on her, so Im not sure what to do at this point. What if she's been known to bite before?"
If you are really this niave about dogs and this breed why on earth did you take on a dog that has been through 9 homes??? This does not compute!
"I know the first response to a dog biting is 'it needs to be put down'.. but Im not sure if I can live with that guilt. Not to mention, I signed one hell of a contract when we adopted her."
The first response to a dog biting is it needs to be put down???? Where on earth did you get this load of dog pile?? There are SOOOO many variables to a "dog bite" that this belief is absolute trash!! You have no idea wether this was an intended bite at all yet. So far what you described sounds more like a nip... now if it was for play, excitement/badmanners, aggression, etc. that has not been established. It really seems you might want to rethink owning a breed like a Pit Bull. They can be a handful for many people and they really are not a breed for the passive or easy going person. Nor are they for the inexperienced with powerful breeds that can exhibit aggression. This has been my experience with dealing in rescue and this breed and most people.