Dog Facts: Smiling is Risky

When you approach a dog that’s “not so friendly,” your natural reaction would be to talk calmly and give it a nice, big smile. But, this is exactly what you don’t want to do. To a dog in attack mode, showing your teeth can be a sign of aggression. If you smile with your teeth shining, it might cause the dog to attack. In this case, smiling is not contagious!

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4 comments

  1. Never thought of it that way… good tip. I usually try to approach a new dog with a very calm face. Limited emotions showing so they dont feel threatened or overwhelmed. But never broke it down so far as to think of a big smile being like a snarly…

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