Today, I booked the dog into a 'pet resort' over the Christmas break. We've never put her into a kennel before and I am mildly concerned because, while Maisie is great with people, she's kind of socially inept when it comes to other dogs.
Her usual tactic is to nip quickly at other dogs who come to give her a sniff and a hello. It's a quick, sheep-dog nip clearly designed to try and convince these other animals to fall back in line and respect her herding authority.
It doesn't work. Generally the other dog retaliates, usually with an escalated level of aggression, then Maisie runs and cowers under the nearest bench.
When I booked her into the kennel (sorry, pet resort) they asked me whether she was aggressive. Not wanting to lie, I ummed and ahhed... and then admitted that she could be a bit nippy.
My mind was put at ease. "She's a sheep dog, that's what they do," kennel lady said.
Hopefully, Maisie can get through 10 days without managing to get herself mauled through her socially-retarded manner.
And if not, well, she can just hang out in her kennel, where I'm SURE she'll enjoy the 24-hour a day relaxation music played for the doggies pleasure.