One of Maggie's daily exercises is the beach run with and without the ball thrower. Maggie weighs in at 15 kgs and has in her 2 ½ years had some unpleasant experiences with badly socialised larger dogs. Until she was 2 she would roll over but now when they approach, really any dog bigger than her (plus boxers and a particular grey terrier) she shows her teeth. It never amounts to anything and they scamper off 99 out of 100 times. The 100th time was an equally grumpy cattle dog and it was a small scrap even then.
However after her doing it again today we discussed what we can do to calm her response. From her point of view it is reasonable and I can see why as they tower over her and she is telling them to back off.
1. It is not a good look on a public beach
2. What if the big dog goes for her after the teeth snap?
We thought maybe putting her on the lead, but it would always be after it had happened and I am not entirely sure she would connect the snap with curtailing her freedom.