Post # 47
This is an interesting thread. Our english setter “happy growls” when we come home. Typically he has a toy in his mouth for us, wags his tail and bows his head down while he growls.
It’s very cute. Some people have been caught off guard by it when they visit, as most people do associate growling with agressiveness..but my dog is far from mean.
Post # 48
@urchin: haha yeah – I think you get more what I meant – it’s not the general “talking” that some dogs do – it was a disticnt growl, but happy. It was also different from a “play” growl (like some PPs said in a tug-of-war game). In terms of “talking” my dogs are generally very quiet. Allie will bark to guard (in the apartment) but the growling caught us off guard.
@Steampunkbride: I’m sure pitbull happy growling is the same as any dog’s happy growling 🙂 BSL is really upsetting to hear about. I’ve only heard about it in the US, but I guess its much more widespread than I thought. Pitbulls are amazing, gentle dogs, if you know what you’re doing when you own one.
Post # 49
@jasonkatie2014: Well, she loves walks and people, haha. She loves being outside and loves to be loved on by humans. She just doesn’t understand that there are people that don’t want to hold/pet/cuddle her or be licked by her.
I may have to track down a dog trainer, myself! I’ve been having a hard time curbing her behavior on my own, and I’m not sure that a bark collar would really be effective in this sort of situation.
Glad I’m not the only one with talkative pups 🙂
Post # 50
@lemiller: yeah I’m not a fan of the bark collar. Have you tried clicker training? My puggle was like “wtf is that noise you’re making in my ear” but Allie is really responding to it. We boil a chicken breast for “valuable treats” and use the clicker to work on her leash trainig. It’s been helping.