Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Belleville, Ontario, Canada
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I do allow our dog to growl but only when is it appropriate.
Not during play.
She is not allowed to growl at passers-by on our walks, nor when she greets people.
It is important to determine if they are speaking or growling.
It's sometimes hard to tell when a pup is learning their voice.
I thought Bella was growling one day.
She was sitting behind my chair, while as at my desk.
I heard this ERRRR behind me, As I looked around she escalated the ERRR into a high pitch bark.
She rose to her feet, tail wagging, heading for the door. I finally realized she wanted out.
We live in the country, we have a fully fenced area 55 x 50ft that is attached to the house. Behind our acre is another 25 acres of mixed pasture, trees, & brush.
Coyotes, deer, wild turkey & the occasional timber wolf pass by.
When I accompany Bella out in the evenings or early mornings (before sun rise) she often sniffs the air, stairs into the darkness, the fur standing on her shoulders, growling.
When this occurs I do not scold or correct her. I ask her whats wrong, & bring her in close to me. She'll stay with me until we go in.
Mike D (Bella's dad)