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36. Aggression toward dogs

Definition Absent Very Mild Mild Moderate Severe
Shows aggression toward other dogs (charges, growls, rushes, bites or attempts to bite)
  • Shows no signs of aggression toward unfamiliar dogs.
  • Very mild signs of aggressive tendencies toward some unfamiliar dogs.
  • Signs may include:
    1. very mildly raised hackles
    2. very mildly stiff body language
    3. very mild profiling in the presence of unfamiliar dogs.
    4. does not growl, bark, bare teeth or attempt to bite.
  • Readily refocuses on work with very mild handler support and/or encouragement.
  • Mild signs of aggressive tendencies toward some unfamiliar dogs.
  • Signs may include:
    1. mildly raised hackles
    2. mildly stiff body language
    3. mild profiling in the presence of unfamiliar dogs
    4. muted growling and/or barking in the presence of unfamiliar dogs.
    5. does not bare teeth or attempt to bite.
  • Readily refocuses on work with mild handler support and/or 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.
  • Moderate signs of aggressive tendencies toward some or many unfamiliar dogs.
  • Signs may include:
    1. moderately raised hackles
    2. moderately stiff body language
    3. moderate profiling in the presence of unfamiliar dogs
    4. charges or rushes, often while growling, barking and/or baring teeth.
    5. does not attempt to bite when in presence of unfamiliar dog.
  • Moderately difficult to refocus on work with significant handler intervention and support
Video Examples
GDBart Adult Dog Test
Walk & Talks
Puppy Test