What is going on here?
Jett and Reese next to the crate.
Jett, the blue heeler is growling at Reese, the lab German Shepard mix. Jett is gaurding her kennel and doesn't want Reese any where near it. Reese is just standing still not vocalizing at all.
What is Reese saying?
Thanks for sharing this picture and the explanation. To be honest I can't really see the dogs very well. But from what you are telling me it sounds like Reese is trying out some dog calming signals to let Jett know that he is not threat. Calming signals can be very subtle, like looking to de side, making slow movements, lip licking and more. Dogs will use these calming signals to let the other dog know they are not a threat and they do not want to fight.
You can learn more about calming signals in the following link
Most often, when dogs display calming signals, there is no fight afterwards. But that depends on many factors.
Hope this helps!
Dog Trainer Nati.