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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


eating feces


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


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


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


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


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


the study of behavior


an individual who studies behavior


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


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


diffilcult to handle, troublesome


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


submission to restraint or command of authority


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


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.


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


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


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


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


occupying a lower class or rank


easily handled or manageable


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

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