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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 01-20-2012, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
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aggression + 7 months old

Our fun, silly pup has started showing his teeth with his gums at us. He doesn't go on the couch or bed. We walk down stairs before him. We practice NILIF. I don't understand it. Why this sudden anger? He is usually so much fun. He is enrolled in classes, gets plenty of exercise and is loved but this week he has done this to my husband and then to my daughter. Please help. Is this normal?

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post #2 of 40 (permalink) Old 01-21-2012, 12:49 AM
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Some dogs will submissively grin when they're nervous or trying to appease you. It can look pretty intimidating if you don't know what you're looking at. Is there any growling, snapping, "hard" eye-contact, or is he literally just showing you his teeth?
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well hello, my 7 mo puppy is loving adorable etc. she is still a landshark so i asked my trainer what to do, well i now firmly hold her collar and i get in her face and tell her very sternly no bite! well she shows me all those pearly whites, kinda looks like a vicious attack dog, no growling though, good luck
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He's showing his teeth and gums like an agressive dog getting ready to attack.
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I believe you but is he showing any other signs of aggression? Teeth can be a scary thing but there is more to dog communication than teeth alone...
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First - no this is not normal.

Can you explain the exact scenarios where he's done this?

Where did you get him from and at what age?
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Without the hard state or growling, it could very definitely be a submissive gesture. It's even called a "submissive grin". What is the context of these occurances?
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Is there growling, stiffness, lowered head, eye contact, or anything else that accompanies the teeth baring?

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post #9 of 40 (permalink) Old 01-21-2012, 09:40 AM
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Chances of this being aggression at 7 months isn't high. I'm with the others that it's probably something else.

Are you working on alot of https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...-training.html <--- click that

It's a huge help with all training and being able to read your pup better.

What is your breeder recommending or suggesting?

Do you clicker train? Good way to get on a bit better footing also and removes any growling/teeth. https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...t-puppies.html <--click that






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post #10 of 40 (permalink) Old 01-21-2012, 10:56 AM Thread Starter
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I think he is getting ready to attack. He showed his teeth and bit my husband at bath time last week. We got him at 8 weeks from a reputable german shepherd breeder from proven, stable dogs. There is eye contact. He doesn't want to do what we are asking like "go outside". I have spent lots of time with him training the Michael Ellis type system. He's great otherwise but this is intolerable. Many thanks
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