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
- Biting the victim’s neck
- Biting and shaking the victim