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The Communication Connection (aka the Growl) lol
Ok so I have a “talking” question. I don’t want to call it growling honestly because some of what I read on the forum about growling I feel like it is a word some associate as aggression.
But it’s a growl lol
So, Tucker is not at all aggressive. He’s extremely playful however. He’s excellent with my senior but at times a brat kid too. (Running zoomies and plowing her over - which is corrected or often stopped when I catch him quick enough etc). He’s learning his manners but is still a puppy. He’s in puppy classes working actively training (and I am a HUGE advocate of training and I do it religiously etc). He’s impressive in obedience I’ll be honest. Super happy with his smarts. But he’s all puppy too. Which is good.
As for talking which is absolutely a growl sound I was kind of hoping someone in here actually experiences this. Because it has me baffled LOL
So Tucker will sometimes growl when being snuggled or pet. It’s the same as if we have a toy in the mouth and he’s playful. He doesn’t bite or snarl. But it’s like a quick “grrrr!” Then nothing. Or a toy sounding grrrrr. If he brings me a toy he will growl playfully. If he comes for pets I get no growl or sometimes a growl. If I go up to him and plop on the floor when he’s sleeping or chilling I can squeeze kiss or snuggle. No growl. OR sometimes a growl.
I don’t believe all growls are bad but it has me confused as it’s a new one in my experience. LOL
I’ll add that I have seen him express cranky or over tired with a growl too. But never aggressive just he’s talking or telling me.
Yes he’s still mouthy a bit or nippy but very aware of that being a no so it’s occasional or random or well just when he’s needing to be reminded to NO bites etc.
So the growl is like love or play or talk or ??? Is he just a growler?? It’s just odd. Or is it.
We are in teething phase at 5.5 months and adolescents so naturally I am watching everything. I should confess too that I’m extremely OCD about raising a great happy pup so I may be overthinking what it could mean. LOL
I guess I’m not worried something is “wrong” so much as I just hope to read about your dog(s) and if anyone relates or has some insight. 🙂
A note: He’s my first pure golden. Ashes is a mix Golden/Aussie. I’ve had a pure rottie male who was amazing.
*pic of him and them