(Closed) How to stop growling?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 4
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Sugar bee

Have you found out what she is growling about? I would be very careful about punishing her for growling….our rescue was punished for growling and bearing her teeth at things she perceived as threats and now she moves straight from being uncomfortable to snapping/biting the perceived threat…rather than warning it. I would try to remove what is bothering her (is it the noise from the open window?) instead of stopping the behavior.

If that doesn’t work, I’d consult a personal dog trainer. Have you checked her eyesight or any/all possible physical causes? 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

How old is she? Could it be that she is just starting to find her voice?  My pup is 6 months, and at first his “growl” or “bark” was more like a cough.  Then once he started that, he continued to cough for a little bit (almost like he’s trying to figure out how he’s making the noice).  He still doesn’t really growl, but sometimes howls, and I swear he scares himself when that happens.  I’m wondering if yours is just figuring out her voice?

If not that, I would call the vet and talk over the phone about it.  Is she also being agressive or crabby when she’s doing it? Or merely just carrying on with her day while growling?

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

maybe your house is haunted and she’s yelling at an evil spirit! :O

jokes aside I don’t know how to help, but good luck!

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

You need to figure out what she is growling about.

fvsoccer is right, do NOT punish her for growling. Address the root cause, not her reaction. Training her simply not to growl takes away her warning communication; so if she’s trained not to growl, she may go straight to biting if she feels threatened in the future.

You may want to consider hiring a training to come into your house and observe her.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@MissComicBook:  Our dog does this when our windows are open and sometimes even when they are closed. I think sometimes we under estimate how well dogs can hear. Ours can hear a dog barking or foxes barking from seriously miles away! Its makes me jump so much sometimes,she starts whining too and pacing up and down. Whereabouts do you live, countryside or more urban? We live in a small town but near woodlands, so  not only do neighbourhood dogs,cats or loud people sometimes make her growl,but wildlife like foxes,owls and all other sorts of things can wind her up too.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Do not punish her for growling.  I would check with a vet to see if there isn’t an underlying issue– could she be going blind? deaf? hurting? 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@MissComicBook:  yeah I know whe Ive looked out of the window theres nothing I can usually see,it could be just that she can hear something and maybe cant understand what it is or where its coming from.  But I would definately mention it to your vet just to make sure there is no underlying issues.

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I am willing to bet that, with the windows open, she’s hearing something that you can’t and reacting poorly. If you live in an urbanized area, she’s probably overwhelmed with everything she’s hearing outside. Check out Thundershirts!

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