Showing teeth while playingPlay or aggressive behavior
Posted 16 December 2017 - 11:28 AM
Posted 16 December 2017 - 12:24 PM
Without actually seeing it it's very hard to know for sure, but it's possible that what she was doing was a submissive grin. If that's what it was, she was indicating to the other dog that she was no threat, and possibly even that she was a little nervous about the interaction.
It might be a good idea to search the internet for information about this body language. Videos would be especially helpful if you can find them. Submissive grinning can look intimidating to someone unfamiliar with it, but there can be subtle differences between it and a threatening show of teeth.
It's also possible that it was just play, especially if the other dog didn't seem to take it badly.
But if you weren't sure, you probably did the best thing in removing her from the situation so that things didn't escalate.
"People in your life always come and go all the time; the dogs are always there for me. Always." ~Samantha Valle
Posted 16 December 2017 - 11:30 PM
As Gentlelake said, it's hard to say without seeing the behavior with our own eyes. But I also think you did the right thing. Even though they are playing, she may feel a bit nervous with the exuberance of their play, so giving her a time out is a good way to let her calm back down. I'd see it as kind of hitting the Reset button in her clever little brain and letting her know you're looking after her.
To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring - it was peace. ~ Milan Kundera
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