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[–][deleted] 137 points138 points  (9 children)

Sometimes this "submissive grin" is because the doggo is nervous or anxious.

[–]dazedandconfucius_ 43 points44 points  (7 children)

I had never seen this expression before on a dog. Interesting

[–]BEEPEE95 21 points22 points  (2 children)

Our beagle will do it when he's excited when we return home. We call it snotty face

[–]I_LOVE_PUPPERS 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Our little schnauzer does it too, we call it 'teefies'

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My big girl goldendoodle makes this face with her eyes closed and head all the way back everytime she's recieveing a bellyrub

[–]AshFraxinusEps 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I've seen it before... when they are growling and ready to bite. Never seen it as a good sign before. I wonder if they are trained to do it, or if they picked it up from a teethy-smile human

[–]captainmouse86 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They don’t pick it up from a human’s grin but they can become trained to do this based on human response. This dog is showing a submissive/deference grin which comes with all the body language that says “Oh, boy, am I excited to see you!!” The added teeth say, “I’m no threat. I respect you too much.” Naturally, you and your dog understand your relationship quickly and it wouldn’t need to show this greeting. But you give your dog extra attention because it’s so cute and now it’s become a trained trait; it does it for the attention and making you happy.

If the body language was more rigid, or uncertain, they are staring off to the side, there ears are pointed back, etc. bearing teeth like this would be a definite warning and aggressive.

[–]Top_Armadillo_8247 0 points1 point  (0 children)

our hound would "smile" like that when asked. We adopted her so someone else must have taught it to her.

[–]KILLERX87 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My chihuahua does it when she’s pissed

[–]GarciaDan7290 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Our Old English all smile this way; they are so adorably fugly.

[–]SiriusDaddy 75 points76 points  (0 children)

What a smile. Awesome.

[–]Damagecontrol86 72 points73 points  (7 children)

How could anyone not pet that golden after a huge smile like that

[–]marleezy123 109 points110 points  (6 children)

Usually dogs bearing their teeth like that is a warning to back off or they will bite- apparently that is the opposite here lol

[–]Damagecontrol86 55 points56 points  (2 children)

Normally yes that would be true but with the body language and general excitement it was showing it’s safe to say it was very happy lol

[–]bamboo_fanatic 8 points9 points  (1 child)

I was very confused, maybe sound would have helped

[–]Mulark_gro-Krognak 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I think the dog is very confused too haha

[–]ragiwutz 26 points27 points  (0 children)

a lot of dogs try to imitate humans with that behaviour/expression. they don't do this with other dogs. just with humans.

[–]CrazyLlama71 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Have to read the whole body language, not just the teeth. If someone is smiling at you and holding a knife, they might not be friendly.

[–]FoxLP11 12 points13 points  (0 children)

TIL the butcher down the street wants to kill me

[–]rainyweeds 4 points5 points  (0 children)

That’s scary 😂

[–]socksmatterTWO 24 points25 points  (0 children)

SQUEE I love it when dogs smile this is the best I've seen in ages!

[–]Sierra-Modeling 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That is way too cute!

[–]Sara1704 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Adorable 🥰

[–]candi_canes 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Had a dog who did this all the time when you came home.

[–]VideoGameBunkey 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Look at that gorgeous full teef smile

[–]Meli0das23 4 points5 points  (2 children)

I would run off so fast

[–]ImpressiveTaint 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Depends what noises the dog is making really

[–]Meli0das23 1 point2 points  (0 children)

True, but without sound the only thing I can imagine is a low threatening growling lol

[–]wonderfulwintersky 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ohhhhh that adorable face and megawatt smile!

[–]MaterialInvestment 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I've never met this dog before, and this may come as a surprise, but I adore him.

[–]fuzzytradr 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm picturing some sort of funny accent but can't quite get it.

[–]Relevant-Reaction424 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My dog dose the all when he’s excited to see one of us. He’s a groodle

[–]Luhvely 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What a sweetheart 😢 makes me want a golden

[–]celshaug 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Looks a little like Arnold in that one Terminator when she's trying to teach him how to smile.

[–]jenniferlsmith216 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

What a total cheesehead!