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FWIW the lie down and turning the belly up is a submissive gesture indicating to the other dogs she is not a threat. If the snaping and other behavior only occurs ocassionally then it is likely she is letting the other dog they have gone to far. However if it happens everytime she engages in the submissive behavior then there is more cause for concern.


I had one basset that would use this type of behavior as a prelude to play with much larger dogs. To indicate her obnoxious jumping etc that was soon to begin was play and not an act of aggression. Us humans are poor are readining doggie body lanquage. But by observing how the other dogs react we can gain insight as well. In the case of mine they larger dogs all welcomed the obnoxious play so obviously she was communicate the desire to play. If the large dog jump back etc then obviously the snaping was not intended as a part of play and was to tell them to back off.
 
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