Excitement Meaning Happiness
I often get comments about how 'sad' my dogs look when they are out in public by stangers or if someone comes to my house. The dogs will do an auto sit while if I stop to talk to someone or do something else. If someone comes to the house the dogs know they have sit politely while someone is petting them. To me this doesn't mean that my dogs are 'sad', they are just using the good manners that they were taught.
Since when did an dog who was jumping all over people, pulling, etc become the prime example to show a happy dog?