Oh you certainly don't need to explain about the prejudice against certain breeds - the same goes here. And yes, Staffies and Pitties are held in high "disregard" here also - thing is, in years past, it was Rotties, Dobies, and Germ Shepherds, so it seems the 'tough' breeds all get their turns. It's such a shame. In certain cities across the country here, there are actually breed bans, it's so sad. Back to Jess ... it sounds like she's doing really well. Keep working on keeping her calm in front of dogs, because one day she'll be able to do it all by herself - and then yes, you're right, you can start working on the kittie situation. My two sheppies lose their minds around kitties, especially my boy - good grief! Fortunately, it's not a huge problem, so I just do my best to deal (and hang on to the leash, TIGHT!!). :doglaugh: I do have one suggestion for you. At my training center, we use what are called "calming ovals". These are recommended before every walk, and actually to be practiced a few times a day in the home (or yard, wherever), especially for reactive dogs. You basically take the dog and walk him/her very very slowly in a very small oval - it's B O R I N G. You walk for about 5 min, but the dog really relaxes, gets kind of in a zen mood, just kind of 'gives it up' and goes with the flow. Here's the link to the training center, scroll down a bit, look on the right hand side, and and there's a video to show how it's done: Dog Training - San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande, Central Coast - Gentle Touch Pet Training It may sound kind of weird or like nonsense, but they really work. It's kind of like us doing a few minutes of relaxing meditation or listening to soothing music before doing something stressful. I'd really recommend you trying these consistenly for a few weeks (before you make a decision on whether you like them or not). It will probably take several times of doing them before Jess finally just quits wondering "what the heck?" and goes with it. You don't talk to Jess, don't look at Jess, no communication at all during these ovals, keep the leash short, planted against your core/chest, and just keep walking very s l o w l y. They really do help the dog to relax. They start every Feisty Fido class with calming ovals, and do recommend them before each walk and a few times each day. I did them with Makena for months and months and truly, she seemed to love them - she really relaxed and just went with them, just stayed with me, step for step, in no time.