3 Reasons Why Your Dog Low Growls at You

Dog Growling

Growling is one of the many ways that your dog can communicate with people and other animals. Most people believe that a dog growling is a symbol of aggression. That’s simply not true as there is more than one type of dog growl. We will explain what this low growl means and tell you whether you should be concerned.

Why Do Dogs Low Growl?

Dogs growl to communicate and there are several different types of growls that a dog can make and each growl means something different. Low growling is one of the more common types of growls and it can have a couple of different meanings depending upon the situation. Affection is one of the reasons as to why your dog could be low growling. It can easily be confused for something more serious, such as aggression, if you aren’t experienced with dogs.

1. Low Growls May be a Sign of Affection

Low growls could be signaling to you that your dog wants affection and it’s very different than the aggressive growls that are much higher in pitch. Some people find that the low growls sound similar to that of a cat when it’s purring. If your dog wants to be petted it might end up growling low at you or the growls could happen when you are rubbing his belly.

2. Your Dog is Growling as Warning

Your dog could be growling as a warning, but growling is not the only indication of a warning. You also should check your dog’s posture as well, which will let you know whether or not it’s a warning or something else. Lunging, bolting, snarling, and a stiff posture all are indications that your dog is angry, warning you of something, or possibly going to attack.

3. Your Dog is Growing out of Frustration

A dog can growl out of frustration too, but it’s not always a frustration that is built around aggression or anger. Frustration could also include being placed in a cage and the dog hears you coming home from work. Your dog not getting their needs met could result in frustration growling. This includes situations like your dog wanting to eat dinner. The best way to help frustration growling if it’s problematic is to take your dog to obedience school.

Is Dog Growling Always Bad?

Dog growls are not always a bad thing, contrary to what a lot of people might think. A dog can growl for a variety of reasons, including happiness or simple playfulness. You cannot simply hear a growl and assume it’s because of something bad. People lacking experience around dogs easily confuse growls and this could cause anxiety for both the person and the dog.

Looking at body language is very important when determining what a growl means. This includes looking to see if the tail is wagging or what the posture of the dog is while growling. If the posture is stiff or the dog appears to be lunging, these are cues that the growling is bad as opposed to playful in nature.

Do Dogs Growl When Happy?

All animals have a way to communicate when they are happy, and dogs are no different when it comes to this expression. The happy growling is known as a pleasure growl and teeth can even be shown during happy growls. The pleasure growl will sound much different than an aggressive growl and you will notice it’s a lot lower in tone and pitch. When a dog is happy, they will give off a more rumble-like growl which is low and often times will last longer than a typical growl.

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John at My Pet Child

is the Founder of My Pet Child, where he shares his tips on living with a dog in an apartment.

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