Happy growling?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@jasonkatie2014:  I don’t know much about pits. I do like them, but they are banned in Ontario so we didn’t research the breed much. However, we have a boxer and he “talks” and is very vocal with us. You can tell by a dog’s body language if he is a threat or not (which it sounds like you know) and just because they are making sounds, doesn’t mean they are ready to eat you.

Our furbaby makes hilarious sounds and often has little conversations with us. A growl is by nature a warning so I wouldn’t say there is a “happy growl” but there are definitely happy sounds. Furbaby has his excited sounds, his playful sounds, etc. Uninformed people will often say that whenever a dog barks he is being aggressive, which is simply not true. I hate that more than anything because we all know what happens to so called aggressive dogs.

Meanwhile any bad dog behaviour is the owner’s fault. You raised him, you did it. End rant, lol.

 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

A lot of dogs do this. My family had several boxers when I was growing up, and they all loved to “talk.” I thought this was a boxer thing until we got our darling German Shepherd mix- he talks too! When he has to go outside he’ll bark and jump around, when he wants to be fed he’ll do this long drawn out “Whoawhoawhoaarrrrth” thing, it’s super cute 🙂 Sometimes if I walk in the room and he’s getting his beauty rest on the couch, he’ll do this very soft whine and his tail will go off like crazy. Like he was just saying hi! We talk to him, too, so I’m sure he just is talking back! 🙂

When it comes to dogs that people think are “aggressive” (don’t even get me started on this!!) like Shepherds or the bully breeds, I absolutely think they should know that not all noise is a growl. Unfortunately, most people who know this aren’t already biased against the breeds. 🙁

I do get nervous that our baby will do this in front of someone and that they will be scared/threatened by him. Luckily he doesn’t seem to do it on the leash, and we’ll have a fenced yard soon!

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@jasonkatie2014:  We actually just experienced this yesterday. We have a boxer, which you just said are lovable little creatures and they are! However, you would not believe how many people are afraid of him. Furbaby was sniffing a tree and minding his own business yesterday when this father and son walked by us and the kid said, “look dad, that dog just tried to BITE ME!”

I looked at FI and was totally flabbergasted. Our dog hadn’t even noticed the kid (some guard dog eh? :P) and here is this kid staring at him with really aggressive body language that any dog will react to. And of course, it will be my fault if something actually does happen. No one ever wants to take blame, so they choose to blame strong breed dogs rather than the owners who are totally unprepared to raise them.

Grrrrrr.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@jasonkatie2014:  Oh yah, some doogs are very vocal. Our basset happy growls when she is playing. She also grumpy growls when there is noise when she wants to sleep… strange lass that one 🙂

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@jasonkatie2014:  Our maltese mix, who is VERY vocal, makes all kinds of growling noises when he’s happy or excited.  He’s the kind of dog who “back-talks”- when I ask him a question and look him in the eyes, he will ALWAYS respond vocally.  If I continue to speak to him, he will continue to talk back.  He makes a weird growling noise when he wants us to wake up, when he wants more treats and, of course, when he’s playing with his doxie sister.  The weird thing is that his actual growl (which we rarely hear) is SO lame/feminine/high pitched and not scary at all.  All the other noises he makes when he’s happy are far more intimidating than his actual defensive growl ha

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@jasonkatie2014:  My 4 fur-babies do it all the time. My Milo growls in excitement everytime I come home. As he does it he wiggles his little butt with such excitement. Sometimes it even sounds like he is talking. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@bkrocks13:  LOL. It’s funny that his play sounds are scarier than his actual “intimidating” growl. Our furbaby gets very vocal when we play tugs with him and it can sound like he wants to kill people. But his boxer stub tail is always wagging and when you say, “drop it” he immediately will and then sit there looking at you.

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@bkrocks13:  Oh, and he also will talk back to me. If I tell him to do something he doesn’t want to do, he will talk, then I will talk, then he will, lol. It’s like an annoying teenager who won’t listen. Then he will lay down in a huff and sigh. He will give in, he just hates too. I know that is a boxer thing – stubborn little monsters.

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

My JRT constantly growls when he’s happy or excited. My other two dont, but they’re not very vocal.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2014

My GSD is a pup right now, so she’s vocal about everything Laughing I feel ya on the breed problems – my girl is 13 weeks and when people find out she’s a shepherd (those who don’t know enough to recognise) they back away! From a fuzzy puppy.

But all my dogs have growled/talked back to me on occasion.  It’s just chit chat – most of mine did play growls when we’re playing tug etc.  Enjoy it as a quirk, and make sure to reassure people its just her chattering – its all about the body language with dogs.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My Golden does this ALL THE TIME, but he HAS to have something in his mouth. Especially when anyone gets home, he’ll frantically search for something to pick up, a toy, socks, whatever, and begins growling and barking a bit with a complete nose to tail wag.

I should also add that he makes human yawning sounds, too…

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