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    Yeah it's hard, we have Bella in a run during the day while we are at work because she is a professional escape artist! But it's better than what could happen if she wasnt, when we have time we will be putting a higher fence up though!

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    My job involves me entering properties unanounced and i am always gratefull for the efforts some people go to with fencing of thier yard so i have access. Many times i have filled gas bottles with a savage dog going beserk right beside me but not been able to touch me.

    If a dog does go me though i feel that its just doing its job. I feel sorry for your situation, he obviously dosnt like uniformed blokes (i'm not a big fan either). Like the others have said maybe tape him behaving well to others but at the end of the day it may be best if you do fence him off so they have some sort of access. The cost of a fence is better than the cost of a lawsuit if he bites again or the cost of your house burning down because the dog wont allow them in to fight a fire or the the worse case, the cost of loosing your dog if he really hurts someone.
    It does suck that he is gettin in trouble for protecting his property though. He sounds like a really good dog otherwise so i hope it all works out for the best.


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    I dont understand...the rangers just walked into your yard and got bitten...and the dog is in the wrong?

    This just pisses me off to no end, it's ridiculous. Part of the reason I have dogs is for the protection factor they can offer. Id be highly annoyed if some random stranger walked in my back yard and my dog just let him (if I wasnt home).

    You also don't know if the ranger was doing something that wound the dog up...unfortunately not having been there you dont know if it was just the uniform that set him off, or an action on the rangers part and the second time was beause of the first time, if that makes sense. Id follow the advice and maybe desensitize and create a run....or if your yard is fenced as a whole yard...maybe you could fence the front and back yards separately because if there is access to the front door, then there is no reason for anyone (rangers) to be going in your back yard without you home.

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    How the hell did he bite the ranger in the first place? for him to have done that he would have been on your property? I have had a few run in with these guys regarding one of my cats as they impound my cats even though they are on my property/driveway when doing so. My mums boy is the same, placid, loving, intelligent - but if somebody dare enters our home that he doesn't know he goes berserk and to me he's just doing his job. So do you know why he was hanging around there in the first place?

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    At this time of year the ranger is carrying out firebreak checks, and apparently they were also check swimming pools. They have not mentioned that they had come to the property to check on the dog, I'm not aware of any complaints. I have heard from another employee at the shire that he latched onto his foot, so he hit him with his clipboard. Hmmmm.

    But at the end of the day, I would like to think people could come to our home and not be attacked. Seriously, I have seen him in action twice with this man and I was quite frightened of him. Although the first visit was when I was not at home, the two subsequent visits where when I was present and our dog was really uncontrollable. So I guess I will need to set him up. Find out if it's the uniform, the clipboard, something about the man?

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    could just be the fact that your dog is angry because this man entered your property when you were not home, i know my boy wouldn't let anyone into our property if no one was home and to me that's partly why we have a dogs, to protect our property. Maybe your boy remembers who he is and refuses to let it go. I agree with bringing other uniformed people over to the home to see his reaction, also ask if they could send another ranger maybe and see how he behaves.

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    While i wouldn't rule out your dog trying to protect your property, its not so likely with a staffy. I know boy would love someone to break in while i wasn't home ... haha i just found someone new to play with lol

    It does sound like for some reason your dog just doesn't like that person. It would be interersting to see around others in uniform, if there is no reaction, maybe another ranger? I wonder whether you could arrange firstly to test your dog with other uniformed people and if he passes maybe try the dog with that ranger on neutral territory. Once you've worked out what the problem is, then you can work on desensitising him - its a bit silly just to jump in and hope you're desensitising the right thing. One way or another, you'll have to either fix the behaviour or make sure he's suitably fenced off from where he can get to people coming to the house.

    Good luck, hope it works out for you

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    I also think it's a bit rich that the ranger complained about being bitten by your dog when you weren't there which must mean he was on your property.

    But I understand this is not an ideal situation and no one wants their dog to bite anyone (apart from a testosterone ridden bogan, maybe )

    I agree with the desensitisation. I would definitely take him to a police station or similar. If he gets out of control, just move him further away until he calms down. Then start rewarding him for calm behaviour as you move closer and closer. As soon as he starts showing signs of distress or aggression, move back again and repeat. I did this with my dog who got overexited around kids and tried to run up to them to jump all over them. We use the "look at at that" method, do a search on this forum or Google. You should be able to find some Youtube vids on this method too. It really worked wonders for us. Much better than I had expected. The key is that you teach your dog what you do want them to do in those situations and try to not allow them to get into a state over whatever stirs them up by keeping them at a "safe" distance until they are ready to move closer. If you take it one step at a time, this would probably work.

    But your biggest problem is going to be to find enough "victims" to practice on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mymatejack View Post
    While i wouldn't rule out your dog trying to protect your property, its not so likely with a staffy. I know boy would love someone to break in while i wasn't home ... haha i just found someone new to play with lol

    It does sound like for some reason your dog just doesn't like that person. It would be interersting to see around others in uniform, if there is no reaction, maybe another ranger? I wonder whether you could arrange firstly to test your dog with other uniformed people and if he passes maybe try the dog with that ranger on neutral territory. Once you've worked out what the problem is, then you can work on desensitising him - its a bit silly just to jump in and hope you're desensitising the right thing. One way or another, you'll have to either fix the behaviour or make sure he's suitably fenced off from where he can get to people coming to the house.

    Good luck, hope it works out for you
    We had a little staff and one day, some guy knocked on mums door and was like "Oh, a guy just intruded int he house over there and ran through your back yard and dropped his jacket"...mum was like..hold on, if it was an intruder, how do you know he dropped the jacket...realising immediately, he was probably the intruder. She told him to meet her at the gate and she grabbed the staff and took her with her by the collar. As soon as mum opened the gate, Rosie went for him.

    Most placid dog ever and she fully tried to attack the guy. Mum knew then that he was the guy who had run through the back yard...

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    Yeah dogs have a pretty good sense when it comes to those things. i know i'm off the topic but one morning (4am) i drove into my garage when i saw a shadow dart pass, luckily my mothers dog is a car freak and comes for the ride to drop my partner off in those early mornings. I realised there was someone hiding in my garage and Rex is an excellent guard dog so i yell "get out of my garage before i set my dog onto you" i let rexy out of the car and he bloody walks past the "intruder" straight to the door and waits to be let inside. I was totally bewildered! here goes a dog that barks at strange men when i walk him i broad daylight!, turns out it was a friend of my brothers who comes to our house to train at our gym all the time and Rexy recognised him and knew he wasn't a threat! and i was the one who didn't! lol i found that amazing!

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