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    Default Odd Behavior - WHAT!?

    So, this isn't alarming or anything but this behavior has me stumped and I wish I had taped it.

    I took Sunny and Serenity out to play with a friends dog, Budek. Budek and Sunny get on great but Budek and Serenity not as much as we'd like, they can be around each ether but you need to watch them. Anyway.. anytime Sunny has gotten on his side and if Budek came close Serenity would roll on her side and lay at Sunny's belly and would refuse to move and if she was a good 2/3 feet away she would lay on her side and seriously push herself like a zooming bullet inbetween them, again. She would not get up and walk, she'd be in her side, hind feet in the air and using her free leg/paw to shove herself between them and she'd just lay there.

    This happened anytime Sunny layed on his side and Budek came close. I have NEVER seen this. What stumps me is the fact she just layed on her side and shoved herself forwards rather then walking over.

    Anyone heard of this behavior and may know anything about it?.

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    That is called the "Peacemaker".......Peacemakers are great. Our Kate is one of those. it is actually quite stressful for the Peacemaker. And i don't mean in a bad sense.
    Different dogs use different methods. My Kate physically charges through dogs that will potentially have a disagreement and keep running and come back if it continuous. Other dogs just stand between. I think it depends on the age of the Peacemaker as to how "bold" they are. I think when Kate has more maturity she will be like my previous newf and stand between dogs. right now she wants to do it but worries a bit about her own safety.
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    Hmm, this is defiantly new to me. Thanks.I'll check out the video's. It's odd she wants to be a peacemaker because she is actually very snappy at other dogs.

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    Crawling upside down or sideways, with the face being kept as close to the ground as possible is my dog's way of a totally friendly maxium non-threatening greeting. Ie maybe Serenity wants to join in but is scared that Burdek might see her as a threat, so she presents the grovel dog greeting. Most dogs will not attack another dog that is upside down. Any dog that does attack a dog that is being totally "submissive", in my opinion, is "broken" in the head.

    It seems like Burdek and Serenity do not entirely trust each other and may not have properly greeted (lots of sniffing). Burdek might have done the Serenity sniffing but not the other way around. So she's not sure of him. If it is possible I would try a controlled greeting with Burdek in the down / upside down position if he's willing, allowing Serenity to have a thorough sniff in her own time so she can "know" him.

    Might not work but worth a try.

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    The snappy might be more a fear related thing and not aggression.

    Anyway everything is always really hard to judge until you see the dog and get to know the dog. because over the internet, little bits get added or left out.

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