What does a shark look like

Discussion in 'General Dog Training' started by lovethydog, Dec 1, 2007.

  1. lovethydog Guest

    I have looked everywhere for instructions on how to teach my 11 month old pup to do this. Can anyone help?:dogwacko:

  2. Jean Cote Administrator

    What kind of dog trick is that??? Care to elaborate some more? :)
  3. lovethydog Guest

    Its also known as be a wolf. It's where the dog bares his teeth.
  4. bipa New Member

    It means getting a dog to bare his teeth. Also called "be a wolf" :dogsmile:
    Maybe you could add it to the lessons, Jean?

    (darn... ya beat me to it! grin)
  5. Jean Cote Administrator

    If your dog does it on his own then you can reinforce him and he will do it more often, and then you can add a cue. But I haven't found a way to initiate this specific behavior with my dogs. If you find out how please let me know!
  6. bipa New Member

    I did some quick research online. The closest I could find was "smile"


    This one is also pretty cute:


    This one might give you an idea of how to train:

  7. Jean Cote Administrator

    The problem I have is that I have always discouraged that kind of behavior with my dogs, ever since they were puppies.

    So I don't think I will be teaching this. Unless one of you wants to record a video I would be very happy to put it up on the website. But keep in mind that you still need to figure out a way to initiate the behavior.

    However, I think it would be hard to reinforce the dog only for smiling and not for his defensive behavior.
  8. CollieMan Experienced Member

    What I do with Ellie is make short little blows in her face, almost like you're saying "pup pup pup" really quickly.

    In Ellie's case, her natural reaction is to pull her lips back slightly which shows her teeth, while slightly lunging forward to "catch" the breaths . All I then do is click and reward at the right moment. I shall end up calling it "show teeth".

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