Always hear your pet’s warning growls before you proceed. The growl will allow you to figure out how to communicate with your pet more effectively since a frightened dog may attack in finding that he is “trapped.”
If your dog is grumbling lowly instead of a hostile growl, he may be completely happy! A dog also growls in play. It’s normal for a dog to growl while playing tug – and that is completely right as long as the rest of his body language tells he’s playing. If there’s any doubt in your mind, get a pause from play to let him calm down. Some dogs even growl in pleasure. Rottweilers are notorious for “grumbling” when they are petted and playing and absent any signs of anxiety, and this is interpreted as a “feels cool” happy dog noise.
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