A dog training school in New Jersey has fired a trainer for a Facebook post that warned her students that “aggressive dogs will bite” and said she should use pepper spray to stop them.
In a message posted on May 4, Ms. Jaffe posted that she teaches her students to teach dogs to attack and not to trust them.
“The only thing I can think of is pepper spray, which is just the wrong tool to use, because I’ve had a number of people kill their dogs and even kill their own,” she wrote.
“I think if you have a dog, the only way to protect yourself is to have a weapon.”
Ms. Jaffers comments drew ire on social media, with many expressing outrage and pointing out she had a record of violent dog attacks and animal cruelty.
A petition calling for her dismissal was started on Change.org, which was signed by more than 1,000 people.
The owner of the school that fired Ms. Kaffe has said the teacher was terminated because of her Facebook posts.
Ms. Kaffers, the founder of Dog Trainer Academy, said the Facebook post was a misinterpretation of her training.
“My training is based on the fact that dogs are very social creatures and that they like to socialize,” Ms. Pinto said.
“The way I teach dogs is by teaching them how to socialise, how to sit, how much they should be touching their owners.
It’s not that they are aggressive, but they will attack and will bite if you don’t teach them how that works.”
Ms Pinto also said Ms. Sjogren had not responded to the Facebook posts since June 1.
“I don’t know what to make of it.
If anything, it is more of a slap in the face than a message that is meant to get the attention of people who might have a problem with the way that we teach our dogs,” she said.