I will warn you upfront though, I was surprised to see that the ASPCA did not draw any parallels between these body language 'labels' and their meaning.
As I continue to read books about dogs and dog behavior, I have found that many professionals have differing opinions about the meaning of various body language messages. I suppose the truest answer will come from the owner who has known the dog the longest, but even then some dogs can surprise us.
If you own a large or 'bully' breed dog, it is wise to acquaint yourself with dog body language and learn as much as you can about your own dog's particular behaviors. If you become concerned with a behavior that you believe might escalate into a problem, get help before it does. Our ASK THE DOG TRAINER Columnist, Judith Joseph, will be happy to address your questions, if you'd like to drop her a note.
Here it is again: The ASPCA's 'Safer Glossary', a video presentation of canine body language.
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