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San Diego Humane Society

Behavior Language Resources

 

The documents below are useful when describing animal behavior and can be downloaded or printed for your convenience.

Link to Document Description
Canine Fear, Anxiety, Stress & Frustration (FAS) Scale - Fear Free Downloadable and printable document from Fear Free describing each level of FAS in dogs, with illustrations and clearly defined levels.
Feline Spectrum of Fear, Anxiety, Stress & Frustration (FAS) - Fear Free Downloadable and printable document from Fear Free describing each level of FAS in cats, with illustrations and clearly defined levels.
Canine FAS Scale for Shelters – Fear Free A shelter-specific view of the FAS Spectrum and its application in the kennels. This scales from low to high and does not offer numeric values for FAS like the general version shown above. Downloadable and printable.
Feline FAS Scale for Shelters – Fear Free A shelter-specific view of the FAS Spectrum and its application in the kennels. This scales from low to high and does not offer numeric values for FAS like the general version shown above. Downloadable and printable.
8 key points of observation – Fear Free Downloadable and printable document from Fear Free offering a visual guide to the body language that we should be observing and describing when needed.
Canine Communication and Body Language Terms SDHS document offering suggested language and points of observation. Downloadable and printable.
Feline Communication and Body Language Terms SDHS document offering suggested language and points of observation. Downloadable and printable.
SDHS Animal Behavior Glossary A glossary of behavior terms used across SDHS and animal welfare.
Commonly Used Acronyms We often use abbreviations in our organization and across animal welfare as a whole. This document offers explanations for some of the more common abbreviations and acronyms. Printable document.