This Grinning Golden Isn’t Aggressive, She’s Just Happy To See You!

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A dog showing her teeth – isn’t that a sign of aggression or fear? Not always, and certainly not for Gracie!

Source: YouTube/TheMakerManWorkshop

Source: YouTube/TheMakerManWorkshop

This grinning golden was rescued when she was one year old from the Golden Retriever Club of Greater Los Angeles Rescue.

Source: YouTube/TheMakerManWorkshop

Source: YouTube/TheMakerManWorkshop

Gracie’s smile is generally known as a “submissive smile,” which just means she really, really, really wants you to love her. In some dogs, it becomes a habitual greeting – especially if reinforced with lots of petting and treats!)

Watch her smile in the video below!


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A. Boyea was born and raised in West Michigan. She attended Grand Valley State University and graduated with a degree in marketing. She now resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and shares a house with her husband, and their two dogs, and two cats.