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Atticus keeps doing this weird thing where he like chatters his mouth (looks like hes shivering) and makes a weird sucking noise. He only does it when hes excited to see me after being gone for a little while. Like he did it when I came in from outside after helping my dad with yard work, and I was probably only gone for 45 mins. He's done it probably 4 times today.
 

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can be a few things (I have a dog who does this nd i looked into it)

1- mle dogs cn do it in rection to smelling hormones

2- dogs can do it in time of stress or over stimulation.

If it was me- i'd just try ot make the coming home less stimulating. It's not a big thing but being WHEN it happens- i'd be worried that allowing him to continue with this behavoir could be things that lead to seperation anxiety etc
 

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As weird as this sounds one of my poms will snort sometimes and I sware it he does this when he wants attention. If we acknowledge it he'll do it more. So now we ignor him. It's nothing related to health, so no worries - he does it less than he used too so I think ignoring it helped.
 

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In my experience, this is excitement. Greyhounds as a breed usually do this when they are excited. My dog that lives at my mom's house chatters every time he sees someone he really likes or a dog that he really likes (TQ). Tate does this too when we are playing fetch, he is just that excited. He doesn't do it when he is upset, but when he is happy.

Not sure if this is exactly his case, but that is my boys' happy reaction. Take it as a compliment, and as long as it doesn't turn into separation anxiety, you're good!
 

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can be a few things (I have a dog who does this nd i looked into it)

1- mle dogs cn do it in rection to smelling hormones

2- dogs can do it in time of stress or over stimulation.

If it was me- i'd just try ot make the coming home less stimulating. It's not a big thing but being WHEN it happens- i'd be worried that allowing him to continue with this behavoir could be things that lead to seperation anxiety etc
I completely agree with this. I think if I were you, from now on, I wouldn't greet Atticus right when you come in the house until he settles and then greet him with a pet and pat and go on about your business. If you make entering a huge deal he's going to freak out because he thinks that's what he's supposed to do.
 

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my lil seperation anxiety poster boy greets me in the most adorable way- he jumps around and lifts his front legs up and tries to give you high fives... it's adorable...

and it's ignored- nothing more then a hello jackson... and then i get the other dogs (The female aussie goes screaming to the door because according ot her she's always on the verge of peeing her pants"....
 
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