To the 'canine behaviour' savy person the picture to the left shows a dog displaying multiple signs of stress. (See Scholz & Von Reinhardt's 'Stress in dogs' for more information).
minimises their risk of harm.
The body language that the dog on the left is eliciting may be due to the fact that the dog had a camera (a potentially unfamiliar scary object) positioned in close proximity to it's face; being restrained by the child or a myriad of other possibilities as the cause. Nevertheless the dog is not comfortable and unless the source of stress is able to be identified and eliminated almost instantaneously the dog should be removed from the situation for it's welfare and the welfare of others.
Unfortunately this was an image placed alongside an article written about the start-up of Competent K9 by an unsuspecting magazine design team. This image is in no way, historically or currently connected with any of Competent K9's Programs.
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