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Predatory Aggression

All dogs have some degree of prey drive; what triggers it can depend on the breed, the individual, and the kind of socialization the dog has had as a puppy.

Predatory Aggression describes aggressive behavior that is rooted in a dog’s prey drive, rather than in fear, resource guarding or territoriality. ¬†Dogs can display predatory aggression towards any other animal and, in rare cases, towards humans.

Behavior associated with predatory aggression can include one or a combination of the following:

  • Head dropping
  • Fixed stare
  • Stalking
  • Chasing
  • Biting the victim’s neck
  • Biting and shaking the victim