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I've been walking a sable male at the local SPCA, and we've tested him with dogs twice, first, with my dog, then today with another shelter dog. In both cases, the male in question snapped at the other dogs without any apparent provocation and without giving any warning (both the other dogs are good with dogs). He didn't bite the other dogs, nor was his snapping accompanied by barking or lunging. However, he showed no signs of wanting to meet in typical dog-to-dog fashion. Hackles were not up; I believe ears were erect and forward, can't remember the tail though I think it was hanging(?). We simply separated the dogs, and this male was fine--he didn't show any signs of wanting to get at the other dog again.

I'm wondering what's going on here. Could it be that this dog just doesn't know how to properly meet another dog? I'd really welcome any ideas you all might have. Also, the sable was just neutered on Tuesday (three days ago) and was intact when he met my female ten days ago.

I have a thread for him on the Rescue/Non-urgent forum. Thanks for any help!
 

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Could be that he doesn't know how to properly meet other dogs. Or it could be that he doesn't WANT to met other dogs. Not all dogs want other dogs in their space even if the other dog is friendly.
 

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Sounds like a "you leave me alone I'll leave you alone" snap more than aggression. Maybe confidence? If he's not lunging and attacking I'd leave it be...let him decide when to let another dog in. If he's never done it with people would seem like he's just not one that is comfortable with other dogs - which may change as they get to know each other. JMO
 
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