Behavior terminology


Reactivity: Dogs who bark, lunge or growl at other people, dogs or moving vehicles while on or off leash, with no intention to injure.


Leash Reactivity: When a dog barks, lunges, or growls while on a leash, typically as they are trying to get to a dog person or a moving vehicle


Aggression: Dogs who bark, lunge or growl at other people, dogs, or moving vehicles while on or off-leash. (They have an intention to injury and likely have bitten or been involved in dog fights in the past)


Defensive Aggression: If your dog is forced to be in an uncomfortable situation and react aggressively to protect itself around another dog or person. This is very uncommon, only about 10% of dogs are defensive. Usually, these bites are small warnings snaps. and don't leave much damage. 


Offensive Aggression: If your dog has options but chooses to put themself in a situation where they bully or act aggressively towards a person or dog, they have offensive aggression. (90% of the dogs that we see) Usually, these bites are more serious and sometimes need stitches. 


Doggy Daycare Syndrome: Dogs who go to doggy daycare often who then bark, and lunge at other dogs when on a leash but can be fine with other dogs while off-leash. We call these dogs (reactive and frustrated)