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35. Aggression toward strangers

Definition Absent Very Mild Mild Moderate Severe
Suspicious of unfamiliar people; raised hackles, growling, barking, baring of teeth when stranger approaches
  • Shows no signs of aggression or distrust toward strangers.
  • Very mild signs of distrust toward some strangers.
  • Signs may include:
    1. occasional suspicious focus on certain unfamiliar individuals
    2. raised hackles.
  • Quickly refocuses on work with verbal encouragement.
  • Mild signs of distrust toward some strangers.
  • Signs may include:
    1. occasional suspicious focus on certain unfamiliar individuals
    2. raised hackles, together with muted barking or growling.
  • Readily refocuses on work with significant encouragement.
  • Moderate signs of aggression toward some strangers.
  • Signs may include:
    1. frequent suspicious focus on unfamiliar individuals
    2. raised hackles and growling, barking
    3. baring teeth when person approaches too quickly or appears threatening
  • Moderately difficult to refocus on work with significant handler intervention and support.
  • Highly aggressive toward most strangers
  • Signs may include:
    1. frequent suspicious focus on unfamiliar individuals
    2. raised hackles, and growling, barking and/or baring teeth when person approaches
    3. may bite or attempt to bite if approached by a stranger
    4. may try to chase the person away
  • Is very difficult to refocus on work with significant handler intervention and support.
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