Hi
I'm wondering what a dog really is signalling when it bares it's front teeth?
Usually the ears are back and outwards at the time, but not totally flat.

Rosa
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There are many dogs who "smile". I have a favorite little Eskie friend who gives me a huge grin every time he sees me. Chessies often smile as well.

Janet Boss
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There are many dogs who "smile".Janet, have you ever tried to teach that? I've had no luck because I can't catch it to reinforce.

Rosa, I'm concerned about the ears back. Are you picking anything else up from the body?
There are many dogs who "smile". I have a favorite little Eskie friend who gives me a huge grin every time he sees me. Chessies often smile as well.

I know a huge golden who smiles and jumps at you, golden-style, for affection. If you don't read dog well, you could very well think he's attacking.

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Hi I'm wondering what a dog really is signalling when it bares it's front teeth? Usually the ears are back and outwards at the time, but not totally flat. Rosa

Is it Hobbes? Bodhi does this, and it's a silly "grin" for him. I've actually seen several Belgians (various flavors!) do this as an attention getter because they get a laugh when they do it. Bodhi will "grin" on command, because it was so silly looking I laughed, and we eventually got it on a command. "Grrr..." and he flashes those big, pointy, scary Belgian teeth! Shelly & The Boys
I can't say that I have, but perhaps my little Eskie friend would be a good candidate since he does it so predictably! I find it rather charming, but it can be disarming to folks who don't know what it is. He's very submissive to me as well, so "submissive grin" is what comes to mind.
Janet Boss
Best Friends Dog Obedience
"Nice Manners for the Family Pet"
Voted "Best of Baltimore 2001" - Baltimore Magazine www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
Hi I'm wondering what a dog really is signalling when ... back and outwards at the time, but not totallyflat. Rosa

Is it Hobbes? Bodhi does this, and it's a silly "grin" for him. I've actually seen several Belgians (various ... eventually got it on a command. "Grrr..." and he flashes those big, pointy, scary Belgian teeth! Shelly & The Boys

Hobbe does it sometimes, but not that often, if he gets excited and pulls when he sees another dog and i tell him no in a harsh voice, he has spun around and done it tho. His mother does it more often, and if I just remember to reinforce it for a while, she will do it on command too. She sometimes comes up to you and does it, usually with her head almost straight out from her body or then she stretches her front paws towards you, kinda bows, sticks up her nose and grins. She usually then puts her head in your lap cause she wants to get petted. When she comes and pushes her head in your lap she never does it, it's only when she does her slow approach that she grins that way.
Yala doesn't do it anymore, she used to if i would blow in her face. When she was young I would blow in her face and she would snap so close to my nose that i could sometimes feel her whiskers. Then when she got older it seemed like she didn't think this was appropriate behaviour and we stopped it.
Rosa
There are many dogs who "smile".

Janet, have you ever tried to teach that? I've had no luck because I can't catch it to reinforce. Rosa, I'm concerned about the ears back. Are you picking anything else up from the body?

I've taught it by blowing a dog in the face and repeating the command both before and after, then after a while she got it, but she doesn't always do it, partly because she has been asked to do it and praised even without doing it sigh.
The ears are in what i call the "I'm such a nice friendly cute doggy" - position. It's like a "milder" version of what they look like when they are showing they are submissive. The ears are not close to the head or neck. They often have the ears in that backwards but outspread position also when they come and say hello to me. During playing the ears go quickly from something like that and totally erect too.
Rosa
Hi,
Some dogs like golden retrievers smile but they usually wriggle their bums at the same time so you know its not a threat . I wonder what dogs think when we smile at them.
There's links to websites about body language and stuff at this url http://www.k9events.com/calmingsignals.htm

Alison
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