Behavior Word List

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Aggression

A behavior with intent to harm

Territorial aggression

behavior geared to protect animal's territory

Dominance aggression

behavior intended to correct or discipline a pack member who has "over-stepped" their bounds

Intermale aggression

behavior between two conflicting males

Pain/Fear aggression

fear displaced aggression

Redirected aggression

animal directs aggression towards another animal, person or object in its vicinity

Prey aggression

aggression directed towards prey object

Agonistic behavior

all behaviors animals will display during social conflicts, including offensive and defensive threats, submission, escape, appeasement and aggression

Animal Behaviorist

A specialist who works with pet owners to resolve behavior problems

Coprophagia

eating feces

Counterconditioning

training or conditioning an animal to respond to a stimulus that is counter to (incompatible with) the previous behavior seen in response to the stimuli

Crate

a plastic or wire cage or carrier used as a dog's den and for confinement

Cribbing

a destructive behavior of equine. The horse grabs onto a horizontal surface and sucks or chews the surface

Desensitization

the process of exposing an animal to a gradually increasing amount of stimulus in order to prevent the animal from displaying previously undesired behavior in response to stimulus

Domesticated

an animal, which, through successive breeding, has behaviors which are managed by humans; this is different than TAME; which is a wild animal held in captivity whose behaviors appear domesticated

Ethology

the study of behavior

Ethologist

an individual who studies behavior

Extinction

withdrawing a positive reinforcement from a behavior previously reinforced to gradually cause the behavior to cease to occur

Feral

untamed; wild. Used to describe domesticated species, which have reverted to an untamed state (usually cats, horses)

Fractious

diffilcult to handle, troublesome

Hierarchy

group organized into ranks, each subordinate to the one above it

House Training

training an animal to eliminate in an appropriate place

Negative reinforcement

avoidance of an aversive stimulus by performing a behavior, which serves to increase the likelihood the behavior, will be repeated

Obedience

submission to restraint or command of authority

Onychectomy

surgical removal of the claw(s)

Positive reinforcement

presentation of a positive reward immediately following a behavior, which serves to increase the likelihood that a behavior will be repeated

Punishment

an aversive stimulus applied immediately after a behavior, which serves to decrease the likelihood that the behavior will be repeated

Separation anxiety

stress and anxiety brought about by the separation of the animal, usually a dog, and the pet owner. The stress is usually displaced in destructive acts.

Scenthounds

a group of canine breeds bred to "scent" prey and track over terrain; e.g. Bassethound, Beagle, Bloodhound. etc.

Sighthounds

a group of canine breeds bred to "sight" prey and run them down; e.g. Greyhound, Saluki, Wolfhound

Socialization

the process by which an animal learns the "pack hierachy" and social norms. Term used for teaching puppies.

Stimulus

any influence or action, which evokes a response by the animal

Subordinate

occupying a lower class or rank

Tractable

easily handled or manageable

Ventriculochordectomy

surgical removal of all or part of the vocal folds. More commonly known as surgical debarking

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