ROFL gotta love the self proclaimed professionals on the street.
Licking lips is definitely a calming behavior for the dog. Ever notice your dog laying down to sleep and licking and flicking tongue a few times before relaxing?
Yawning is also another one.
If your dog is being dominating you would have flagging tails, placing head over the other dogs back, growling, stiff posture, etc. Each dog is dominant for different reasons. Some do it out of insecurity and use it as a way to feel better by being in control. Some dogs don't have socialization so they try to be dominant no matter what. Others are born leaders and are the most calm and balanced dominant dogs. Very sure of themselves and almost don't look dominant because they just are and dont need to flaunt it.
You don't need a behaviorist. Your dog is doing fine.
As for the barking it could be exciting. I would just work on getting her attention and put her into obedience and reward her for that and she will stop barking and focus more on working for yoi.
"For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear."
Last edited by 4TheDawgies; 05-05-2011 at 10:58 AM.