Canine Body Language Resource
If you see a dog displaying any of these behaviours, take action and reflect on the situation. Some questions to ask yourself ...has the dog ever been exposed to that under the exact same conditions? Is he/she tired? Do you need to spend more time with the child/adult reflecting and role playing how we interact in a way that your dog likes? Feel free to distribute these bookmarks to educate and advocate.
More Canine Body Language Resources
This video demonstrates a few key body language signs. (Courtesy of Carolina Canines for Therapy).
NB: A therapy animal should be able to be cued in any direction by the voice or body cue's of it's handler without the assistance of a head collar or any other corrective training equipment (such as a check chain). It is crucial for a therapy animal to be able to be in complete control of it's body. From the point of view of the handler and client it is also important to have the ability to assess the comfort of the dog in the situation.