my dogs... really smiling?

vieja_gwNovember 8, 2010

I have always had dogs most of my life but the current ones have learned something new: to 'smile'! First one of the three Min-Pins would curl up his upper lip & smile- showing a bit of his white upper teeth- when I would praise him for something or even scold him for something. Soon the other two Min-Pins are now doing the same thing! Now the other day the German Shepherd did the same when I went out in the morning to say 'hello' to her! Is this really a smile as we humans whould know it or something else? Definately not a sign of aggression as these dogs can show that also to each other at times over a chew toy & that is not a smile then!

Just curious if others have seen the same in their dogs?

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kim_okla

Mine don't. My sister had a Dal that would when she was happy and excited.

    Bookmark   November 8, 2010 at 10:55PM
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debbie_2008

Dogs smile...some it is more obvious with. Absolutely

    Bookmark   November 9, 2010 at 2:03AM
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vieja_gw

Hubby thinks I am imagining it but thank you both for validating me!

    Bookmark   November 9, 2010 at 5:30PM
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calliope

I've heard naysayers, but I think they most certainly can too and mean it as we do. I had one who did it so regularly we named him Snickers. Then my Mama had a huge St. Bernard cross who smiled on command. I'd call her up and tell her to put the dog on the phone and say 'Snicker!" and she'd roll up her lips on cue.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2010 at 5:36PM
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sweetchastity

One episode of Dogtown they got a cd of dogs laughing to play for an extremely anxious dog. It sounded like a short breath out, lol. I want a cd now!

    Bookmark   November 11, 2010 at 6:44AM
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schoolhouse_gw

I actually found it. Is this the one you meant?

Here is a link that might be useful: laughing dogs CD

    Bookmark   November 11, 2010 at 5:29PM
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casamance

Oh,yes, mine does, too and I was glad to read this message;At first i wondered if it meant aggressivity,but it always occurs when we meet in the morning or when I' m back home after a while.So at happy moments !I must add,It 's an intenational behaviour, and not at all related to education,as my dog is a young Border Collie living in France!( I' m French)

    Bookmark   November 22, 2010 at 1:55PM
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vieja_gw

Thanks for your experience like mine, casamance! Mine also 'smile' when I catch them doing something bad... like getting in to my flower garden, or on a couch that is a 'no-no' as well when they are SO happy! The German Shepherd now has learned this from our three Min-Pins but I must say it looks rather un-nerving that 'smile' on a German Shepherd ... but it really is a smile on her also ... not a snarl or growl! :)

    Bookmark   November 22, 2010 at 8:06PM
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