I've talked a few times on this forum about the aggression and resource guarding issues my golden has. I've worked really hard on it with NILIF, obedience classes, etc. He has gotten SO much better for the most part. I ask here because there seems to be a lot of knowledgable people on this forum regarding behavior.
There's just one thing that he's doing now that I just don't understand. He does not seem to like being sniffed by other dogs including our other dogs at home and strange dogs. We no longer allow him to interact with strange dogs anymore because he kept nipping and snapping at them for this very behavior.
He's fine with being near strange dogs, in fact he used to love it when he was a puppy but if they come up just to "sniff greet" face to face or anywhere else he will tense up, lip curl, grow and then snap/nip... Sometimes not even snarling or growling just an instant snap. He will tolerate the other dogs at home doing it but he does stiffen up, if he's laying down he will tense up and roll back a bit as they do it.
I am obviously still learning the ins and outs of dog behavior but I am just very confused by this and my husband thinks he's horribly aggressive. I've given up on him being able to interact with other dogs, just this last bit I'm not sure how to handle it.
Anyways thank you for your time if you read all the way through this.