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Offensive Aggression

Aggressive behaviors refer to a variety of different things a dog does, and different emotional states a dog might be in. Offensive aggression is characterised by some or more of the following:

  • Lunging
  • Chasing
  • Moving toward the target
  • Showing teeth
  • Raised hackles
  • Barking and growling
  • Tail raised, possibly wagging
  • Ears erect and forward
  • Biting

The dog’s primary emotional state is one of anger rather than fear; he wants the target to go away, but not because he is afraid of it. One example of offensive aggression is territorial aggression.