(Also see Calming Signals, Distance Increasing Signals, and Freezes)
Cut-offs are behaviors similar to displacement and distance increasing behaviors, but are usually seen in combinations of multiple simultaneous signals. Canids use cut-offs to interrupt behavior coming at them from another animal. Cut-off displays unequivocally signal that further interaction is not desired. Cut-off signals are triggered by conflict. If cut-off signals are not respected, conflict will escalate.
Cut-off signals generally include two or more of the following behaviors: dramatic head turns; turning the body away; turning the back to other animals, moving away, freezes, agonistic pucker, growling, hackles raised, averting eyes, lowered head, C-Curves, pinning after conflict.