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Good article on growling

http://wildewmn.wordpress.com/2013/1...wling-is-good/


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Great info Karen!
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That is great info, as most people do feel that growling is a bad thing and want to nip it in the bud. Thanks for posting the article, Karen.


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yeah most people try to punish it.

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That is a great article Karen.
I have a questions though. Mikey growls when he plays. I call it his "play growl" I kind of wish he didn't because not everyone understands what it means. I'm not sure why he does. He always has. He growls when he runs around in the yard and when you play chase with him or when he's fetching the ball, etc. He growls when he is shaking a toy. Is that bad?

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That is a great article Karen.
I have a questions though. Mikey growls when he plays. I call it his "play growl" I kind of wish he didn't because not everyone understands what it means. I'm not sure why he does. He always has. He growls when he runs around in the yard and when you play chase with him or when he's fetching the ball, etc. He growls when he is shaking a toy. Is that bad?
generally not. It's only when growling is person or dog related that it becomes an issue.

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Well, since he does it when he's playing, if he's playing with other dogs he growls but they don't seem bothered it. I think they know it means nothing but boy the other dog owners get worried. I just tell them, he's playing. He does that when he's playing.
Mikey doesn't have a mean bone in his body. He never even snaps or shows his teeth. He's good around people of all ages, even babies. But boy when he plays, he really likes to play.

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Well, since he does it when he's playing, if he's playing with other dogs he growls but they don't seem bothered it. I think they know it means nothing but boy the other dog owners get worried. I just tell them, he's playing. He does that when he's playing.
Mikey doesn't have a mean bone in his body. He never even snaps or shows his teeth. He's good around people of all ages, even babies. But boy when he plays, he really likes to play.
yeah some dogs don't always recognize "serious" growls, and puppies are an example. One thing Nicole didn't mention in the article is that if a dog is growling at you , you should try to wait for him to calm a bit before you attempt to retreat from the situation. That is you try not to reward the growl rather the being calm. Avoid eye contact and turn slightly away . The biggest thing is to learn what causes a certain dog to growl. , and then try to avoid that in the future. It should always be a learning experience. An important topic Karen brought up . Here's another one http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/pet...ng-or-fighting make sure to read all three pages ,esp where she talks about three dogs playing.

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That is a great article Karen.
I have a questions though. Mikey growls when he plays. I call it his "play growl" I kind of wish he didn't because not everyone understands what it means. I'm not sure why he does. He always has. He growls when he runs around in the yard and when you play chase with him or when he's fetching the ball, etc. He growls when he is shaking a toy. Is that bad?
I don't think it's bad as long as you're sure it's play. Kodi growls like a mad thing when "killing" toys or playing tug. As long as we encourge the tugging he growls and tugs fiercely. But he will give the toy to us as soon as we ask him to "drop it" and step back hoping we'll throw it for him.


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