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Old 11-25-2012, 11:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The "seal face" of pulling the ears back when going in to rub a GSD head, is it a sign of submission?
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes but it is normal and natural for dogs to do it...you'd need to also look at the entire body language, not just the ears.
It's normal too for dogs to put their ears back in displeasure too - which is why it's important to know the body language.

What else is going on with the dog when this is happening? Whose dog is it?
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Old 11-26-2012, 02:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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No just curious. Petting my GSD, just the typical "seal face"
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There's a dog body language book you might find interesting, I forget the name.

As you can see on this site - How to Interpret Your Dog's Body Language, Facial Expressions and Vocalizations
Dog's pull their ears back for many reasons, which is why it's important to look at the whole picture and not just the ears.
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That's a great link, thanks
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Old 11-26-2012, 03:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Whenever I come home and let Ky out of her crate her ears go back, tail starts wagging and she's eager to go out! She does the same thing every time she sees my dad!
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:00 PM   #7 (permalink)
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i dont think it means submission my dog pputs its ears back to my cat when it greets my cat i think its just a friendly greeting

but it can also be nasty sometimes they will put their ears back before they bite

submission is more peeing on the spot tail between legs or belly up
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i guess i don't mean submissive in being scared, but submissive to a pack leader
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well my fat house cat is not my dogs pack leader thats for sure lol my dog is a very dominant bitch. Its just a friendly gesture.
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My dog does it when she's cuddly, sleepy, and happy. She does it when people pet her.

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