Originally Posted by Cyllya
From my experience, it's possible to tell a lot about a dog's behavior by looking at her. They tend to offer some pretty distinct visual hints about imminent behavior.
We had a certified service dog (that had special training and exams.) I grew up with working dogs.
And I still have difficulties in telling a dog's intentions sometimes. It should not be my job. And, even if I see a hint about imminent aggressive behavior, and I forgot my tire iron in the other purse at home, what do I do?
Besides, not everyone can even read open hints about people's behavior (Asperger's comes to mind). And now we have to be dog whisperers, too?
PS. "Locking jaws" - if a jaw requires a bar to pry it open, I'd say "locking" is the right word. Not scientifically correct, but sound sense correct. It's not the jaw that locks, it's the dog that locks it and does not wish to open it. But it is locked all the same, end of story. If it did not "lock", it could be open with a push of a pinkie finger or a command, right?
Edited by DoubleDouble - 1/25/12 at 9:45am