Okay, this behavior was common in Mr. Buddy when we first got him, cuz he WAS a total gangsta. :dogmad:I thought it had disappeared. But it still shows up now and then. It is VERY scary :msneek:when it occurs, and it just happened again tonight. Here it is: Sometimes, NOT OFTEN, but it only takes once to freak me out....and quite unexpectedly, Buddy will suddenly jump up and show his teeth(jaws still shut, but lips pulled up enuff that you can see front teeth) RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOUR EYE. I mean, like 1 inch away. There is no contact, no noise. Scares the heck outa everybody.:ywow: Sometimes, Buddy does this when he gets too excited in play, like some kinda nerd who doesn't know how to act. :dognowink: Sometimes, Buddy does this when he is leaping around when we first come home, and he is jumping around all excitedly, but that is very rare for him to do it then, but, once or twice, it occured then. Once, Buddy did this to me when we were doing figure 8s in between my legs, so that was end of that trick.:msniwonder: Kaput. Tonight, on a walk, 2 gals stopped to pet him, :dogsmile:they were bending over him, petting him, which normally Buddy LIKES and seems to enjoy, but--OUTA NOWHERE, FOR SOME REASON--- he did that thing, he jumped up, showed his teeth right in front of this gal's eyeball, and scared her (and me) half to death. She totally lost her color.:msnsick: I worried she might be gonna faint, but she did not. ONce or twice, he has done this to me or Craig while we were petting him. At other times, Buddy is quite amenable to being bent over and petted. This "in your face" leap seems erratic and unpredictable to me. My untrained eye cannot yet detect which times he will allow petting, and which times, he is gonna spaz out. MInd you, probably 80% of the time or more, he is joe-cool. Just has these lil "stability hiccups", if you will. I can see how a stranger bending over a dog, may seem "dominant" to the dog, so maybe is a protest? But still, lotsa dogs allow petting by strangers, most humans do have to bend to pet a dog....so why this quirk in my otherwise fabulous dog? I can also see, how figure 8s between my legs is being 'under' a person, so that mighta provoked the teeth-in-your-eye jump-thing.:dogmad:so we never ever did that trick again, darn shame, too, cuz he rocked at it... I figure the jump during play... maybe is he never got socialized as a puppy...who knows? BUT ANYWAY!! WHAT THE HECK IS THIS? AND WHAT SHOULD I DO AS HIS HUMAN TO HELP BUDDY FIGURE OUT THIS IS SOOOOOOOO NOT GONNA FLY WITH HUMANS? (besides making sure that no one can apparently ever bend over him ever again?) HELP!!!