Rhodesian Ridgeback breed dog lies and smiles broadly with teethSource: By SikorskiFotografie/Shutterstock


A dog is a pet that plays a significant role in the life of human beings. Some people view a dog as a friend, worker, companion and in some cases a protector. After you buy a dog, it becomes part of your family. You need to tend to it and train it to be what you need it to be. You need to give it a comfortable place to live in as well as a good grass dog potty to act as a bathroom break. In that way, your dog will feel comfortable and loved. Otherwise, the dog may turn out to be aggressive and unfriendly. As much as you enjoy having a dog, just having a dog is not enough. You need to understand it by observing its behavior. Most people assume that dog’s behaviors are normal and that hinders them from knowing when the conducts are abnormal. When you notice your dog is behaving abnormally, it is best that you talk to your veterinary as soon as possible. Sometimes, it is hard to tell what is normal and what is not especially if you are new to having dogs in your home. For that reason, it is good that you understand some dog behaviors to help you tell the difference.
At DoggieLawn we are always busy throughout the day trying to help our customers get the best grass dog potty. We have a dog friendly work environment and have occasionally noticed some of the dogs baring their teeth when playing with each other, or getting their backs scratched - both activities that should bring pleasure. Curious as to whether this was because they didn't like, we delved into this behaviour and found that it can either be associated with aggressive behavior or be a submissive smile. 

What does it mean that your dog is baring teeth?
When most people talk about their dogs baring teeth, they simply mean that the dog is showing its teeth. So, when you notice your dog curling its tongue to reveal its teeth, you should know that it’s a reflexive action as a result of various situations. In most scenarios, when you see your dog showing its teeth, you should probably be cautious. Baring teeth is usually a sign of aggression, and so when they start revealing their teeth, it’s a start of aggressive behavior. Also, you may notice that the dog has erect ears, a high held tail which keeps moving back and forth and a rigid body among other signs. Once you notice such signs, you need to seek advice from a professional. Don’t assume it or the aggression will increase.  There are various reasons as to why a dog can start showing aggressive signs. Some of the reasons include fear, resource guarding and territoriality among others. But no matter the case, aggressive signals mean that your dog is being pushed beyond its limits. You need to care and love your dog. Understand that it needs time to adjust as well. Train it patiently or seek guidance from a professional. There are times when your dog will be feeling uncomfortable due to the condition of the place it is in. For example, grass pads can be smelly if you don’t clean them regularly. So, getting a dog grass pad can be nice if you tend to it and in that way, your dog will be comfortable, and chances of being aggressive may be reduced. Nevertheless, when you notice your dog showing its teeth, you need to be careful. Just because you love your dog, doesn’t mean you should try to calm it down. You need to leave it or keep it in a cage otherwise it can be destructive to you, your children and even other pets. Some people think that they can help the dog, but in turn, they end up getting bitten. At this point, you need to ask your veterinary to check the canine conduct.

Occasionally, your dog will show its teeth as a sign of submission. Submission behavior is accompanied by lip licking, crying or whining, rolling, an averted gaze, tail between legs, ears lying on the head and relaxed body posture among others. Submission is usually more of a smile. In most cases, if you are used to talking to the dog in a high and negative tone, it might start showing this signs. In most cases, the submissive smile is usually an attempt to calm down a situation. You will notice your dog giving you a submissive grin when it is uncomfortable about a given situation. Also, puppies use this expression when they want something or when they feel they are being treated aggressively by older dogs.  However, that doesn’t mean that it is listening to you. It can be just a pretentious act to keep you off it. This behavior should not progress to aggressive behavior.

How do you know which sign the dog is portraying?
Sometimes, just looking at the smile or the baring of the teeth may not reveal its condition. You need to look at the rest of the body signs. Don’t just see your dog smiling and think it is okay; you might get bitten trying to play with it. When you notice your dog is in a relaxed posture with the tongue out, it means your dog is happy in most cases. However, it could also mean that the dog is feeling hot and therefore stressed. So, always look at the bigger picture before coming to a conclusion.

In conclusion, you need to care for your dog by giving it the best conditions. For example, you can get the best pet grass pad to help your dog go to the bathroom comfortably without any worry of bad smell. The good conditions provided will help your dog live without fear and thus avoid aggressive tendencies. Contact us today to get the best dog grass. We here at DoggieLawn, love to provide you and your dog with the best potty grass solution.