Hi there -
I am pretty sure I understand the psychology of what is happening here but I thought I would throw this out there to get a group consensus.
I have a 6 month male/5 month female who are actually pretty amazing together and with our family. The funny thing I notice is no matter where my male is, if he is staring at my female, my female will get defensive and start barking at him. He could be 50' away from her and doing nothing but staring (no noise making, no teeth showing) but its like she can feel his eyes on her and she will bark at him and hide whatever it is she has. My instinct is Choncheese, our female, is being defensive of her treat/toy and Chunk our male, is trying to take it from her. He is just doing a silent but sneaky attack move to get it away from her. What normally happens is she will bark, he will continue to get closer and 1 of them will run off with the treat/toy and immediately they will be running and playing with it together. Sometimes she will just make little whining noises, tiny barks, as he gets closer to her.
We have noticed our female is more possessive/protective over things. They are cool with each other now but I understand that can escalate so we are working with her separately on that. The stare down usually turns into playtime.... but I wanted to ask if this was something we should be watching out for/working on.
And because everyone loves pics, here is our cute males face, post mud playtime, so you can get a full idea of what is staring her down
Also - Side question, when they come up to the door to get in, Choncheese is always behind Chunk - Is this a dominance thing? She is usually the one full of mud so I always thought she was just trying to hide herself so we would open the door for them.