As a spin-off of the last few posts, I was googling around and found this:
It’s a list of behaviors, defined, in the same way that, say, Brenda Aloff’s book has photos and defines behaviors.
The list above is Sue Sternberg’s. She’s the person who pioneered a program called “Assess-a-Pet,” which tells shelters which dogs should be put down. All of the behaviors on that list are ones she defines as either pass or fail behaviors.
To give things away a little bit, I’ll give you a hint, because I’ve read portions of and skimmed all of her book.
The pass behaviors are:
Bow (IF the tail does not go above the body)
In some circumstances the throat-showing behavior is OK. In some others it is not.
Every other behavior in the list, if offered at any time, for any duration of time, is a sign that the dog is unsafe and should probably be euthanized.
Unsafe behaviors not in that list include:
Turning away from another friendly dog
Mouthing hands without licking when given affection
Whining while trying to reach a child OR pushing a child with the nose OR trying to come between an affectionate adult and a standing child (these, specifically, are instant fails because it’s a “highly predatory behavior” that indicates that the dog wishes to cut off, bring down, and consume the child)
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