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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-26-2011, 01:51 AM Thread Starter
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'Growling' to 'talk' - does anybody else's dog do this?

I think this is SO cute - Ceylon makes a rumbling sort of growl, almost a sort of deep 'purr' but not exactly (more insistent, I guess) any time he wants something - he does it when he wants up onto the couch, down off of the couch, if his toy is out of reach, if he wants picked up, etc... the noise he makes has absolutely nothing aggressive about it and nothing about him is aggressive when he makes that noise so it almost seems wrong to call it a 'growl', it just seems to be his way of 'talking' when he wants something! I LOVE it, and I think it's just adorable... does anybody else's dog do this? Or how do they 'talk' to you?

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Kodi doesn't do it, but many years ago I worked at a bank, and we had a customer who came in regularly with an adorable Cairn Terrier. He did exactly the same thing. It was like he was "talking" to you. Sometimes it scared other customers because they mistook it as growling, but it really wasn't. His whole demeanor ws completely different than a "growling" dog.

I can say that the only times Kodi DOES growl is in play. He can sound totally vicious, but he only does it when he wants you to play tug or fetch with him.. If he's REALLY upset about something, (like if you HAVE to take dangerous contraband away from him) the noise he makes is a cross between a growl and a shreik... Very unpleasant and VERY clear. He'll start making the noise as you walk toward him, even before you touch him. Fortunately, even then, if I put my hand under the item and ask him to drop it, he generally does now. But he wants to make it VERY clear that he doesn't WANT to give it to you!

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Tucker talks when he wants his special toy, Lion, and can't get to it because it is behind a closed door or behind the couch. He makes a kind of "muph muph!" sound that I think is quite adorable! He'll also do it when he thinks the sack I've just brought in from the store might have a new toy for him in it, when he'll follow me around on his back legs, "muph-ing." So cute, and quite clear.

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All of them are just so darn cute! Sissy does the growling.....unfortunately to me it sounds like the same growl....I have to play detective to figure out what she wants lol...originally it started out when she wanted to go potty....one night she kept growling....I kept taking her out and NOTHING....I think both of us were getting pretty frustrated before Smokey jumped in and helped us out lol..he went in the kitchen and started scotting the EMPTY water bowl around..so she had actually been growling for water..not the potty.....so now I know to check everything lol

Smokey does sorta like a aroooooooo kinda sound lol ..hard to describe when one of his toys goes under the coffee table and he can't get it out.....
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Coach squeaks, I suppose some might call it a whine,
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Cassie does that grumble sort of thing. She has started doing it in the mornings when she has to go out. But, now, instead of going out when she gets me up, she just jumps up and takes my spot in bed. It is almost like a loud raspy purr.

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Dizzie and Nellie talk to each other,they make all sorts of growly,grunty squeaking sounds all rolled into one, sometimes it can go on for ages, and occasionally it gets loud, always seems to happen when we want to hear something on the TV!

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Vana talks just like you are describing When she is playing w/ Izzy tshe has a different growling noise. It was one of her characteristics that was so different than the schnauzers and I kept asking people if there havs were vocal but you put it perfectly! I think if I try hard enough I will get her to actually talk lol


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Awww all of your havs must just sound so cute! I will try to capture Ceylon 'talking' on video and post it... I'd love to see any videos anybody else takes too (hint hint!)
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Hobbes doesn't make a sound. He does the two paw pull back scratch when he needs something and you aren't paying attention.

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