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"Talk to shelter or rescue workers to get as much information as possible on the dogs in their care," says Jonathan Klein, professional dog trainer and animal behaviorist who runs the L.A. training facility, "I Said Sit!" "And observe the body language of the dog. Stillness, looking away, yawning, or shaking its fur and scratching are all signs of stress. Mixed breeds tend to be stable and healthy because they don't have behavior idiosyncrasies due to overbreeding. These friendly dogs are unique and make great family pets."