Dog's growling, how to interpret it?

Dogs growl as a way of communicating, but they are often misinterpreted, and sometimes they can even cause fear. Dogs can growl for different reasons: to express discomfort, to protect themselves because of pain or fear, or to end an unpleasant situation. This article will detail all the situations where you can hear grunts so that you can better understand them and especially know how to identify them. Here are the different grunts that your dog can express:

Dog's growling, how to interpret it?

The dog growls in case of discomfort 

In a scenario in which the canine isn't comfortable, he can react in specific methods to specific his discomfort. It can both circulate far from what's bothering it, or it is able to specific indicators of appeasement, or it is able to growl. As far as appeasement signals are concerned, I invite you to read the article written on this subject, you can also watch videos on the internet or get the book by Turid Rugaas "Appeasement signals".

If a growl that expresses pain is omitted or reprimanded, the canine will likely react by biting to make himself understood. Therefore, it is important to learn to read the dog's appeasement signals. This will make it easier to identify when he is in an unsuitable situation. Then, we can avoid putting him back in the situation that is stressing him, or we can work positively on this context so that he accepts it more easily.

The dog's growl in play 

Some dogs make loud growling noises when they are playing, either with their owners or with other dogs. These growls can be quite impressive at times, as they are expressed so loudly. You can tell if the dog is playing by looking at its body.  It should not be tense. If the dog's body is indeed relaxed, there is no danger with this growl.

Growling in ache

When a canine is in ache or injured, it could growl out of worry and anticipation of ache so as to tell that it's far certainly in ache. He may also growl to stop an action that is causing him pain. A dog that is not used to being handled can be difficult to examine and treat for wounds or other physical problems. This is why it is important to get him used to being handled so that he can be treated, brushed, or groomed safely and calmly.

Growling out of fear or to stop a situation

Fear or misunderstanding can cause a dog to growl. For example, when the owner fights his dog, he may feel attacked and feel fear because he does not understand the reason for this threat. He may growl at his owner in hopes of breaking the stressful situation. Another example: the canine meets a brand new man or woman sporting a hat. He can also additionally experience inspiration with the aid of using this individual and growling at him in hopes of creating him to leave. When this type of situation occurs, it is best to remove the dog from whatever is stressing him. It's also best not to scold or argue with the dog. Instead, divert his attention by teaching him an alternative command or ignoring him.

Dogs growling for pleasure 

Some dogs growl for pleasure, which is most often heard during cuddling sessions. Dogs do this to express their contentment. Their bodies are relaxed and at ease. Some of them may also even ask for extra cuddles if their proprietor stops petting them. It is a real moment of complicity between master and dog.

Growling to protect 

The dog also uses the growl to threaten someone or something. In this situation, his body will be tense, and he will try to show himself more impressive by having the crest on his back for example. His intention is simple, he is preparing to fight or he is trying to scare the other away. Some dogs also do what is called "resource protection". That is, they will defend what is important to them. This can be protecting their food bowl, their sleeping area, their owner, or even their toy. It is therefore important to teach the dog as early as possible to share by teaching him to barter, for example.

Final word 

Understanding a dog's growl is essential to know how to communicate with them. A growl should never be argued with. Doing so prevents the dog from communicating its discomfort. If he is not allowed to growl anymore, the next time he can bite to make himself understood.

Written by Romy Crétiaux - Canine educator-behaviorist at L'Essentiel canin.

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