It’s normal to feel shocked, disappointed and even embarrassed if your dog or puppy growls at you, another person or pet. The good news is growling is a perfectly normal canine behaviour that can actually be very useful!
Stop whatever you are doing and review the situation. Is something happening that could be making your dog feel stressed or worried?
Remember that growling is a preferable methodof communication to biting. Avoid reprimanding your dog for growling and instead offer some reassurance or remove them from the situation.
A dog who feels that their growl isn’t working may skip the warning next time and escalate straight to snapping or biting instead.
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