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Growling is a sign of
dominance, aggression or submissiveness. Dogs growl for
various reasons. They use their aggressive growl to protect
and defend their family, food, possessions and their
territory. A lower pitched growl is used as a warning when
they feel threatened. They also use a lower pitch when
playing with their toys or tug of war with their owners.
They may growl if they are injured or touched in painful
areas or when small children pull their tail or ears.
It is important to know that
not all throaty vocalizations are growls. Dogs have a wide
range of sounds to express happiness. Owners should learn
the sounds of their dog’s “true aggressive growl”. For
example, a high pitched throaty growl indicates a warning
that they want to be left alone. A medium pitched growl is
an indication that the dog is angry or feeling threatened
and is prepared to bite; whereas a low pitched growl
indicates that the dog is going to bite.
Submissive growling must be
corrected with the help of an animal behaviorist. The
behaviorist will use behavior modification to build the
confidence level of a submissive dog, and teach the dominant
dog to respect authority.