Dear Debbie, You are wise to be concerned. You may be correct that this is just a 'unique' way for your dog to show he is enjoying the interaction but it may be the wag before the bite. I would wonder if you have had this dog since it was a puppy. I have a friend with a dog that smiles. The first time she saw this, she thought the dog was lifting its lip to snarl. She reprimanded the dog and spoke to the dog's breeder. Seems as though this was a common behavior in the line.
I would strongly recommend that you have the dog evaluated by a board certified veterinary behaviorist, your primary care veterinarian or a trainer that your veterinarian recommends. You may want to take a video of this behavior so the evaluating the pet has a reference. I would caution you to avoid putting yourself or others in potential harm's way in the mean time.
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Trying to get your cat in a carrier for a trip to the veterinarians or road trip can be extremely frustrating. Some how a 10# cat that should easily slip through the door/opening of the carrier is all extended paws, biting teeth and razor sharp claws...that is if you can even extract it from under the bed once it sees the carrier. Before the cat knows what you have in mind, scoop the cat into an empty pillow case. You can then deposit the 'cat in the bag' into the carrier or wrap a cord around the top as a soft sided carrier. Most cats will settle down on your lap in this contraption but be warned...if the cat gets 'pissed off' at you, you could end up with a wet lap. Never transport a cat or dog without being in a carrier or secured to a seat belt via specially made restraint devices. Pets can get under your feet and lead to an accident or become flying projectiles if you have to slam on the brakes. Pets escaping from the car and running into the street can have deadly consequences.
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