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Dog shows teeth: What it means and what you should do

Dog shows teeth meaning

In most cases he will send you a clear message to retreat or stay away. It’s a warning:

“I will use these teeth if you don’t stop or stay away.”

This behavior is often a precursor to more serious aggression. This type of body language is often accompanied by a growl.

Other features of aggressive body language include erect ears, a rigid posture, and a tail that is held high and moves quickly back and forth.

If you ignore the dog’s warning, your behavior can lead to a bite.

Dogs show this kind of aggression for a number of reasons including defense, insecurity and fear.

But no matter why a dog becomes aggressive, the teeth shown are usually a sign that the limit of its comfort zone has been reached.

But occasionally a dog shows his teeth without any aggressive reason behind it. This is called a submissive grin or smile.
It is usually accompanied by lip licking, a distant look, a relaxed posture and flat ears on the head.

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