Lupa is similar; when my roommate's dogs start brawling and playing rough, she will hop over to them and snap/bark in an attempt to make them settle down. It never works, but she keeps trying.
Thanks for the "no dog" suggestion; I'll try that! Maybe after she's learned it, I can use it to condition her to meet these unstable dogs, but "no dog" when the other dog shows aggression and, thus, enforce the idea that snippy little brats are to be left alone. I'll start with ignoring non-problem dogs first, though, and see how that goes.
Yes, it is her response to their actions. She is quite happy to meet them at first, then, after sniffing each other a few seconds, the other dog shows aggression and she returns it. She is also very "forgiving;" if the 2 are separated and reintroduced later, she forgets the former negative experience and starts from scratch. However, the other dog tends to run to its owner's lap, high ground such as furniture, or start acting defensively/aggressively toward her immediately.
I completely agree her behavior, although understandable, is unacceptable. Obviously, there is no way for me fix the other dog's instability, so even IF she is "in the right," at least from a canine perspective, it's a potentially dangerous situation and I can only work on the problem from her end. I truly believe I am the only person that can prevent these spats from becoming fights, or worse, since a small dog wouldn't stand a chance.
1 German Shepherd (Lupa), 1 Cat (Hungry Joe), 1 Corn Snake (Caduceus), Banshee (pitt and/or boxer mix)
RIP: 1 Betta Fish (Quasimodo)
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