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    Unusual behavior? Teeth chattering?

    Ralphie has some different quirks.. that I have never experienced before.

    Some not so unusual, or just different -- marking every bush and blade of grass, mounting, the urge to be outside all the time, etc.

    The most unique is his teeth chattering?!

    I was trying to look up information with little found. I have noticed he chatters his teeth and will foam at the mouth. I mostly thought it was excitement.

    Then I read male dogs will do this after tasting other dogs urine.

    "Dogs sniff, taste and drink urine as a way of assessing the health status of other animals within their vacinity. Completely normal. When a male finds urine that is especially interesting they will teeth-chatter and foam slightly at the mouth. "

    Anyone ever see this or know more about it?

    It's the funniest thing I have ever seen. I thought it was that he was trying to be a hunting dog and getting a better sense of smell/taste of things in the air. Putting this information with when I have seen him do it.. it makes more sense. He has done it after smelling female dogs (and licking them) and does it outside when he is checking things out.

    **Another side note -- anyone have any ideas on how to get Louise to stop humping Ralphie?! She has clearly made it known that she is the alpha, but she will mount him for several minutes at a time. It's a little disturbing, and unnecessary!**
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    Looks like Louise is in desperate need of a squirt bottle if she is mounting Ralphie.

    Seriously....the first thing I thought of when you said that Ralphie does the butterfly snapping or chattering with his teeth...I thought of tiny seizures. If Oso smells another dogs urine he will sniff and of course mark it with his own. His teeth never chatter.
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    I've seen a couple of dogs do this when they're really high in drive and are trying to contain it - Leo does it frequently for tugs and food, Ruby does for food when she's really hungry (but only then), and a Belgian line GSD I've met at training does it alot for the Tug or Sleeve (he has prey drives through the ceiling).

    My theory is it's just the expression of whatever drive they are trying to cap.

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    I've heard intact male dogs do that in presence of female in season...

    Don't know why though... It might be a way to taste like you said!
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    I've noticed my neutered Golden doing it after he smells certain butts or areas in the grass.
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    Devlin will does this when ever he is around a smell that really catches his attention... Females in season being his favorite. Drives me crazy because it tells me that he is thinking with the wrong brain!!!

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    Kirby is a self-professed dog-crotch-licker, but not a teeth chatterer.

    Only guinea pigs in my house were teeth chatterers.
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    It could be taste - but that really doesnt explain them chattering after tugs and toys and sleeves.

    Could the chattering while smelling be the expression of sex drive O.o

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    I deal with this daily with my intact male. Its ANNOYING!! lol.
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    Chattering teeth helps them for some reason get a good smell of what ever. Hope this makes sense Im not very good at explaining.
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