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Old 04-15-2014, 04:41 PM
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Does your dog ever growl at you?

Leo growls at me in a very specific circumstance. He will growl if we are lying next to each other and it's late at night, he has had a long day, and my foot gets too close to his foot. In no other circumstances does he growl. It is very confusing to me, because he lets me touch his feet with my hands no problem, and I have no recollection of ever accidentally stepping on him or kicking him. It is also annoying however, because he tries his hardest to lie as close to me as possible, but will then growl at me if I just twitch my foot in his direction as I am absent mindedly reading a book or watching a TV show.

Right now, I deal with it by kicking him off the bed or sending him to his crate. Not in a "How dare you growl at me way" but more of a "If you don't want me to move my foot, then you can't hang out so close to me".

But I don't know how to feel about it. A small part of me gets kind of offended that he will growl at me, even if there is zero other reaction (definitely no snapping, though he has shifted himself away). It also concerns me because he has the same growling reaction (under the same circumstances) with my housemate, but he definitely growls more frequently/louder (basically, he has a higher tolerance for me). He has also muzzle-punched her before (closed mouth growl/lunge) though that one I consider her fault, because she went into rough play mode while being completely oblivious of his calming signals/whale eye.

I guess I am looking for confirmation that other dogs maybe growl at other people, so its not just something wrong with my sweet dog?
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Old 04-15-2014, 04:49 PM
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I can't really think of a time my dogs have growled at me, but they aren't real growly in general although I've heard the youngest and oldest growl at each other but it's so low you'd have to be right on top of them to notice. My male will raise his lip at me for messing with his paws too much which is almost the same though.
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Old 04-15-2014, 05:05 PM
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I don't think Meg has ever growled at me.

Gusto has. He is not a dog who likes handling, and I worked hard to get him to tolerate being picked up. There was growling (although it never went further than that) in the beginning.

I also let him play growl and even mouth me when I'm getting him amped up. I don't know if that counts, though.
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Old 04-15-2014, 05:08 PM
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Summer no never. I have never heard her growl at a person ever. Actually all of her growling has been directed at Mia or Beau. lol

Mia has but not regularly. And she bit me once a year or two ago. It was very light though, just a warning. She's a lot more finicky about being moved, etc. So we do a lot of work with her being okay with that. She's only growled a small handful of times.

Nikki growled ALL the time. Even when you'd tell her to go potty and she didn't wanna. She'd chew you out the entire way out the door. Just a very grumbly growly dog and she really meant nothing by it.
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Old 04-15-2014, 05:34 PM
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Yeah Roman does sometimes, mostly from concentrated rubbing or stroking in one spot for too long, but sometimes if I'm doing his nails or something. It's not a serious growl, sometimes it's almost a humming sound, and if I ignore it, it becomes increasingly high pitched until it's a whine lol.
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Old 04-15-2014, 05:42 PM
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Cobain will "play growl" when playing tug. That's it.

Rigby has never growled, bared her teeth, snapped or lunged at me. However, she is seemingly incapable of growling and instead it comes out as a bizarre gurgling noise (she has done this whilst playing tug).

Oz growls all the time. Coming into the room where someone else is sleeping? Growl. Pick him up? Growl. Go near him with food? Growl. Move while he's in the bed? Growl.
He's not my dog, I no longer care enough to work on that.

Ruby is also very growly. Especially when it comes to dogs coming near her whilst she is on the bed or couch. We used to remove her, however, none of the dogs acknowledge her presence when she does this and proceed to walk over her anyways.
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Old 04-15-2014, 05:47 PM
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Auggie will growl when he can't see it's me, so I don't think that counts. Pepper also growls when she doesn't know who it is (or if you're my dad) but I also don't think that counts.

The boys both play growl.

I have no idea if I've ever heard Georgie growl, now that I think of it. If she does it's probably pathetic and overly girly. =P


I've only heard Payton growl "for real" one time.
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Old 04-15-2014, 06:11 PM
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Nope, never.

Bailey makes this aroooo noise that one little kid thought was a growl when she brings a toy to me, but it's not a growl. Maddie will growl at Bailey when she jumps on her when she's sleeping. Actually, they both do that to eachother but they've never growled at me.
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Old 04-15-2014, 06:13 PM
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Nope, never.

My dads dog, Lilly growls at us all the time tho, little brat.
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Old 04-15-2014, 06:41 PM
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Gage tried to when we brought him home at 8 months old, I think his old owners let him, he learned quick that what we say goes and hasn't since.

Neither of the little dogs have growled at me, they had only ever snapped at the brush when I pull a bit too much.
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