Aggression

Classification of Canine Aggression

Older Discussion with Q and A This system for classifying dog aggression is designed to help us understand the most...

Alert Barking

Not to be confused with territorial aggression, this is barking to alert others to the approach of a potential threat....

Barrier Frustration

Aggression that manifests itself due to the frustration of not being able to engage with something when restrained by a...

Dominance Aggression

In all animals, dominance is the first right to limited resources. There is no need to rewrite anything on this term...

Fear Aggression and Protective Aggression

These two are classified in the same section because there is only one key difference between the two for purposes...

Fear Biter and Pain Elicited Aggression

The "fear biter" should not be confused with fear aggression. While fear aggression is a proactive "I'm going to get...

Handler Aggression

Handler aggression is a blanket term that is used to describe a dog that shows aggression toward its handler, usually,  during...

Misdirected Aggression

True misdirected aggression is the result of the combination of barrier frustration paired with any other form of aggression that is causing...

Play Aggression

Puppy and dog play, just like all social predatory animals consists of practice predatory behavior and practice fight behavior. More...

Predatory Aggression

This is aggression that is triggered by the dog’s instinct to hunt and kill. It can sometimes be focused on...

Resource Guarding

Resource guarding is defensive aggression that is limited to guarding food, water, toys, or other objects that are within the "ownership...

Skipping Steps in the Aggression Cycle

Ideally, a dog shows a lot of restraint when acting defensively.  In many situations a dog may accomplish what is...

Territorial Aggression

Territorial aggression will have a very similar presentation as protective aggression and can, in fact, be very intense. True territorial aggression...

Introduction to Aggression

<--Introduction to Behavioral Problems Introduction to Drive Balance--> Even if you are not experiencing a problem with your dog due...