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Discussion in 'Personal' started by Vince_Ulam, Feb 11, 2016.

  1. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

  2. aspensquiver_2

    aspensquiver_2 Senior commenter

  3. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    Can't be scary with eyes like that!
  4. Dragonlady30

    Dragonlady30 Star commenter

    Don't you believe it!! Those needle-sharp teeth can cause one heck of an injury!!!! :eek:
  5. TCSC47

    TCSC47 Star commenter

    Believe it or not but the dog may not be growling. Some dogs pull back their lips because they are mimicking a human smile! So he may be trying to grin.

    I knew a dog who used to do this. He would roll over to have his stomach rubbed and then curl back his lips. I would step back but I soon realised that he had no aggressive intent. Mind you, you have to get it right with teeth like that!

    Here is a case for the "nurture or nature" argument. The dog had learnt some body language that was in complete contradiction of its natural behaviour.
  6. Orkrider2

    Orkrider2 Star commenter

    It sounds more like operant conditioning. The dog will probably not have learned to associate the body language with a different emotion in order to convey a different message, but simply that if it displays this particular aggressive posture to humans, it gets a reward in the form of belly rubs.
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  7. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    I had read that cats who wag their tails were supposedly being aggressive... my cat, the original Sabrina the cat (rip 2000- 2015) waged her tail whenever she was happy....or there was food, etc
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  8. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    What's the treading thing that cats do when standing on your lap all about?. They purr when they do it, so I imagine they're content.
  9. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

  10. ah3069

    ah3069 Occasional commenter

    It's called a submissive smile, but when they do it their ears are low, their head is domed and they also hold their heads lower!

    Just before a dog bites you, normally it's tail is low and wagging! I don't know about cats, as they're the real beast ;)
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  11. TCSC47

    TCSC47 Star commenter

    Cheers Guys! This forum is even educational!!! I've learnt something new today.
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  12. FlyingFoxBat

    FlyingFoxBat New commenter

    Yeah, my cat wags her tail most of the time and it doesn't mean she's being aggressive. If her ears are back or she's hissing, that's a different matter...

    I tell people she has restless tail syndrome.
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  13. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

  14. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    My dog use to smile... I loved it when I realised she was smiling...

    Amazed me... I miss her.
  15. lapinrose

    lapinrose Star commenter

    It's Simon, the chiwawa.
  16. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

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