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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

Thanks
 

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I think Goldens often make a growl type noise to communicate. Rukie does a sound that is something of a growl/purr/snort that means he's very happy to be with me and getting petted or he's happy to see a family member who's been gone. Then there is the happy growling when he's scratching his back on the rug or against the couch. Also a soft rrrr growl that means get off the forum and play with me. So I say yes, there are all kinds of communicative growl sounds.
 

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I think Goldens often make a growl type noise to communicate. Rukie does a sound that is something of a growl/purr/snort that means he's very happy to be with me and getting petted or he's happy to see a family member who's been gone. Then there is the happy growling when he's scratching his back on the rug or against the couch. Also a soft rrrr growl that means get off the forum and play with me. So I say yes, there are all kinds of communicative growl sounds.
Kind of expecting to hear this thank you so much. I love the toy in mouth growl happy greetings too. My mix does this also. The petting and more intimate times so to speak are new territory lol. Sometimes his out of no where quick short growl while loving startles me lol .... and yet there’s his sweet face enjoying the pets where I rightly expected a nip! LOL he’s no where near that ... LOL
 

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Luna does a growl that rolls into a bark when she’s really happy. Like when we say the W-A-L-K word (yes we usually spell it). She’ll start to growl then bark at us as if to say “stop talking and hurry up and put your shoes on” !!! :)

BTW - Tucker and Ashes are both adorable :)
 

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I think Goldens often make a growl type noise to communicate. Rukie does a sound that is something of a growl/purr/snort that means he's very happy to be with me and getting petted or he's happy to see a family member who's been gone. Then there is the happy growling when he's scratching his back on the rug or against the couch. Also a soft rrrr growl that means get off the forum and play with me. So I say yes, there are all kinds of communicative growl sounds.
Bear does the same thing. It’s not really a growl but more like a purr...a throaty sound that is so endearing. He does it when he puts his head on our lap and we’re petting him or when he stares at me at 6 am when I’m sleeping to let me know he wants me to get up or when he’s trying to catch my attention while I’m watching TV. The breeder told us his mom does the same thing. We love it.
 

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Turning into a fun thread. Omg goodness am I loving all the pics too. Thank you, I love reading about your pups and their silly growls. So endearing for sure. Definitely their language it seems 🙂
 

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I think Goldens often make a growl type noise to communicate. Rukie does a sound that is something of a growl/purr/snort that means he's very happy to be with me and getting petted or he's happy to see a family member who's been gone. Then there is the happy growling when he's scratching his back on the rug or against the couch. Also a soft rrrr growl that means get off the forum and play with me. So I say yes, there are all kinds of communicative growl sounds.
Bear does the same thing. It’s not really a growl but more like a purr...a throaty sound that is so endearing. He does it when he puts his head on our lap and we’re petting him or when he stares at me at 6 am when I’m sleeping to let me know he wants me to get up or when he’s trying to catch my attention while I’m watching TV. The breeder told us his mom does the same thing. We love it.
Bear is so handsome lol 💕
 

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Luna does a growl that rolls into a bark when she’s really happy. Like when we say the W-A-L-K word (yes we usually spell it). She’ll start to growl then bark at us as if to say “stop talking and hurry up and put your shoes on” !!! <img src="http://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />

BTW - Tucker and Ashes are both adorable <img src="http://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
Thank you :)) Ditto ! Luna is lovely (assuming that’s her in the profile pic) 🙂
 

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Barkley has this lovely snuffling sound; it's hard to explain. It's not a growl, and he's most definitely happy, and it's adorable, so we love it when he does it, of course. One of his many nicknames is Snuffles, which still doesn't explain the sound, lol. He's also a teeth chatterer; for certain treats and toys, you have his attention 110% as he's so excited he can barely contain himself. Just another reason why we love him :)
 

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Barkley has this lovely snuffling sound; it's hard to explain. It's not a growl, and he's most definitely happy, and it's adorable, so we love it when he does it, of course. One of his many nicknames is Snuffles, which still doesn't explain the sound, lol. He's also a teeth chatterer; for certain treats and toys, you have his attention 110% as he's so excited he can barely contain himself. Just another reason why we love him <img src="http://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
Hahaha awe chattering teeth??? Too cute. Wow he’s super handsome too !! Just love these dogs so much 🙂
 

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We call it "the happy grumbles". It does sound growl-ish but means he's extra happy to see you, show you his toy...etc

Connie and Hudson <img src="http://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/images/smilies/wavey.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Wavey" class="inlineimg" />
We get those too. Sometimes I’m thinking also his little surges of energy make him “shot growl”. Just love this breed so much 🐾💕
 

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Bonnie does it before a meal. She gets so excited when we fill the bowl that she dances and makes growl sounds. She knows she has to wait until we tell her to go ahead before she can approach the bowl and I think it’s her way of trying to contain her excitement.
We call it a girly growl. It’s higher pitched then her ouch you stepped on me growl she does to the cat, or her I’m gunna get this toy growl she does when she shakes toys around

Also just a few weird pictures of our goofball girl
 

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Bonnie does it before a meal. She gets so excited when we fill the bowl that she dances and makes growl sounds. She knows she has to wait until we tell her to go ahead before she can approach the bowl and I think it’s her way of trying to contain her excitement.
We call it a girly growl. It’s higher pitched then her ouch you stepped on me growl she does to the cat, or her I’m gunna get this toy growl she does when she shakes toys around

Also just a few weird pictures of our goofball girl
Girly growl. Hahahaha too cute !! Tucker has so many. He’s coming into his excited growl / whinny one too. That one when you’re just home and he’s getting out of his crate, toy in mouth. Hehe. These crazy smart doggos!
 
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