My Dog Growls, What to Do?

Dog growling: some tips on attitudes to have or not to have!

Irritated? In a bad mood? Nervous? You must admit that there are days where you grogneriez on your entourage! Your dog can also be overwhelmed by situations. So disturbing this attitude as is, the response must be adapted precisely to avoid the mistakes and misunderstandings. Rather than enter the conflict, let’s see what you can do to make everyone smile!

Why Your Dog Growls?

The grunt is associated with aggression, but we’re often wrong on his goal. All grunt is not synonymous with imminent bite and Growl is part of a normal process of communication and does not mean that your dog has a problem.

The dog growls in response to a stressful situation. The grunt is an alarm signal, whose objective is to avoid the conflict.

There are several possible causes: the fear, the pain, the stress, the defense…

In the codes of communication between dogs, this is a very clear signal to mean a gene and to avoid the hassle. In dog language, the grunt could say “you’re disturbing me, let me!” or “I’m afraid, get away!”.

The problem is that the man sees an attitude of rebellion and the fear of an imminent bite. He responds so often by an act of violent punishment. The answer is incomprehensible for the dog, who just wanted to give information to avoid this situation!

What to do when your dog growls?

Beware, these explanations do not mean to let your dog Growl whenever something bothers him. The situation could quickly become unbearable and neither you nor him would be happier!

When your dog growls about you or someone you know, is that an element of the situation exceeds, worries him, upset him. According to their history, dogs are sensitive to specific items.

Here are some tips to deal with a dog that growls:

  • Stop the situation that obviously bothers your dog: a loud noise, the presence of another dog, caresses, a game. It is an answer that is understandable for the dog and who should stop the grunt.
  • Try to understand what causes the grunt: pain, stress, discomfort and fear?
  • If you frequent grunts, consult a veterinarian or a behaviorist to help restore harmony for you and your dog.
  • In good times, stroke him and reward him for strengthening your relationship.

Sometimes, simply, to lighten the mood, to teach an order as a reward to restore good relations.

What Not to Do When Your Dog Growls

When he growls, the dog waiting for a peaceful response.

  • Watch a dog growling in my eyes: it is a sign of challenge. For him it is a provocation.
  • Cornering a dog who is afraid. He growls to say he wants to flee because he’s scared. If it is stuck, he may bite out of this situation.
  • Insist in the attitude that disturbs the dog thinking that you will thus get him used and tame him. You might instead increase his discomfort and so his aggressiveness.
  • Think that the dog growls to “dominate you”. This is false: the dog growls to pass a message. If you do not try to understand and answer by a violent act, you may deeply damage relations between you.
  • Think not that your dog is crazy and that he doesn’t love you. Some masters abandon the dog growling because they think violent and insensitive. This is a misunderstanding, as grumbling is precisely for the dog a way to express his sensitivity in the face of a situation.

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