Hi all, I am new to the forum and would appreciate some advice and guidance. We took on a 2 year old male staffy about 6 months ago. He came to us through a dog rescue club and has proven to be the smartest and most loyal dog we have ever had. We have not taken lightly the fact that this breed was bred for fighting however he has behaved beautifully at obedience classes, tolerates other dogs at our home and we have never had any reason to doubt his behaviour with other animals, children or visitors to our home. Unfortunately about two weeks ago we received a letter from the council stating that he had bitten the ranger when he came to our home. I was very surprised and contacted them, they stated that he had been very aggressive and obviously they were very unimpressed. A week later two rangers visited, I was home at the time and was horrified to see how completely out of control he was. He was clearly behaving aggressively, but also seemed very distressed (frightened??). We had one more scheduled visit today with our boy on the leash. We tried to create a calm environment, had him on his leash, asked him to sit, stay etc, we had treats and generally anything to show him that it was OK for that person to be at our home. He was having none of it and we were unable to calm him at all. He remained very angry until the man left.
I have discussed this with a few people who are experienced with dogs and I have been told that dogs do not live in the past as humans do, but I can't help thinking that his behaviour has something to do with a past history with a ranger or policeman (very similar uniforms). Can anyone shed any light on this and give me some advice? I am very worried, and although we can lock him away when required this is not a satisfactory situation and I now feel we cannot trust him.