This is what happened on Saturday morning to my wife:
Our almost 5 month old German Shepherd is trained in obedience. My wife had to drop our daughter off at 5 this morning so I told her to take the Misty (the dog) with as a safety measure. The rear seats were down so the boot and that space is nice and big and Misty lies down nicely.
A traffic officer pulled my wife over and asked for her lisence and immediately asked if she has a weapon. Before she could answer, Misty sat upright when she saw the officer and the officer moved to saying that it is illegal to transport a dog without being in a crate and that it is against the road regulations. She then said that there is no such law and he got arrogant, raising his voice asking ” who is the officer, me or you”?
She replied being an officer does not automatically make your statement correct. He then made a sudden move toward the window and in a flash Misty was on my wife’s lap, muzzle halfway out the window (it was rolled down about 15cm? and she went full protection mode barking, growling and snarling at the officer!
My wife then asked the officer if he is going to give her get lisence back, or is he going to follow her to the police station to resolve this matter? He then very carefully slipped the card through the window.
As my wife drove off, she saw them making an ILLEGAL u-turn in the middle of an intersection and drive off.
- Asking for license with no greeting or checking the license disc in the window.
- Immediately asking if she has a weapon. (Think he wanted to take advantage of my wife for either a bribe or maybe something else as there are many fake cops out there.)
- Not planning on the GSD in the car.
The training is going very well. I will send you video links. The tracking is going extremely good! Heads down moving at a pace that requires me to run a bit to get to the item so she can get her toy.
Nova is very thorough, moving slowly, but directly on the trail keeping her head down. Misty runs at a pace switching between tracking and trailing, not necessarily moving on the spoor, but getting to her target as fast as possible.
As for the poison prevention, it is going really well. If food falls out they either stops eating and move away until I place it back in their bowl, or continues to eat and leaves the food that fell out.
I will be in touch for further lessons on protection.