What to do if a dog sometimes curls his lip if a stranger approaches him?

woofsandwalkies1woofsandwalkies1 Posts: 2Member
we can be sitting quietly outside a cafe and he will be fine with a stranger and then if he suddenly feels anxious he will curl his lip which is very disconcerting! He was rescued 9 months ago. What do u suggest?
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  • adrianastephenyadrianastepheny Posts: 17Member
    It's Not a big problem, sometimes dogs feel anxious for a various reason. Try to make him/her comfortable. keep concentrate what things disconnect him/her. 
  • Sandy_Kramer_etcSandy_Kramer_etc BangorPosts: 107,888Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    If you can try to get a picture when he does it.   Does he seem anxious or scared, does he growl.   My Golden used to lift his lip at odd times and I found it was actually his attempt at a smile. LOL.

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  • DesignerDogCugletDesignerDogCuglet Posts: 15Member
    On ASPCApro.com, there is a webinar titled, "Defensive Dog Handling".  At 9:10 on the video, they show a 'smiling' dog.  ASPCApro has several beneficial webinars on body language and safely interacting with a dog.  They may help you to read your dog's body language when he lip curls.
    You could ask strangers to toss your dog a treat (without getting too close to him, petting him, talking to him, or staring at him), and you could give him treats every time a stranger walks past. 
    I have a leash reactive dog, and teasing him with a treat while other dogs walk past him has helped to keep him calm on walks.  You could try training him "look at that".  Since I don't know your dog, I don't know if this would work with him.
  • DesignerDogCugletDesignerDogCuglet Posts: 15Member
    P.S. The smiling dog is actually a little bit after 9:10.
  • Sandy_Kramer_etcSandy_Kramer_etc BangorPosts: 107,888Member ✭✭✭✭✭

    No Longer Lost BOL

    ....................
    Sandy aka Thumper
    Sandy's Archived page
    .
    We celebrate my birthday and Gotcha Day on Jan 3 though we do not know when I was born

    ...................
    Kramers-Corner
    Kramer's Archived page
    .
    We celebrate my birthday and Gotcha Day on Jan 3 though we do not know when I was born

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