Oct
25
2017

Decoding Your Dog’s Teeth Chattering

Decoding Your Dog’s Teeth ChatteringIf you’re a dog owner, you likely know there is no shortage of expressions your dog uses to interact with you. From jumping and barking to whining and crying, your dog’s communication with you is constant. In this post, we’re going to explore teeth chattering in dogs and decode what it means. Depending on the circumstances, it can be harmless or indicative of a negative behavior. In order to keep your pet comfortable and others safe, read on and protect your four-legged friend with a Canine Liability Insurance policy.

She’s excited.

If you’re petting your dog or playing with her and she starts to chatter her teeth, don’t fret. She’s only meaning to convey that she’s excited and enjoying the quality time you spend together.

She’s threatened.

On the other side of the coin, a dog’s chattering teeth may be a sign that he’s prepping for a threatening situation. This could be interpreted as a means of self-protection, or it could be because he senses that you or another person that he has a strong relationship with is in danger. This behavior might manifest itself most readily when there is another dog or a cat nearby, explains Here Pup.

She’s cold.

The obvious reason your dog’s teeth chatter might be because she’s cold. If you live in a cooler climate or you plan on taking your dog outdoors, consider investing in a sweater for her so she’s comfortable. This is especially important for breeds that are not bred to withstand cold temperatures, such as chihuahuas and short hair dogs.

She senses another dog.

This is more relevant for male dogs. When a male dog picks up on the scent of a female in heat, their teeth might begin to chatter.

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