Protective of crate
Nadia does not like people poking their hands through her crate or really even coming close to her while crated. I tell anyone who comes over to leave her alone and stay away. That is not a problem.
We started Dock Diving last summer and even went to an event. When I have Z away to do his activity, I usually cover Nadia's crate to help keep her quiet because otherwise she will howl while we are out of sight.
I am currently training the quiet command to stop the howling. It is a distraction for Zisso & myself and I am sure it has to bother the general public. When we were doing SchH, I always left the crates in the truck, and of course SchH people know to leave other dogs alone.
But in Dock Diving, the events are all day, and consist of leaving dogs crated and unattended. Once the quiet command is solid, this might not be an issue, but I worry that a kid or someone might try to reach a finger in to pet her, so I cover her crate when I not there to stop it. Especially when she sounds distressed by howling.
I am thinking of having a little sign made that I can clip onto her crate, but I don't know how to word it. I mean she is not aggressive under normal circumstances, but she is very protective of her space in her crate. I don't want to have to keep her covered all the time, so thought a nicely worded card on her crate door would help. What should it say?
Nadia - GSD -DOB 12-29-07
Zisso - GSD- DOB 9-16-07
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