Top 3 Reasons Why Your Dog Low Growls at You

Growling comes in many forms with low growls one of the most common ways dogs express themselves to other people and animals. Most of us believe low growls are a sign of aggression but that isn’t necessarily true. Here are the most common reasons for this behavior.

1. Low growling is a sign of affection

Yes, low growls could actually be an indication that your dog is happy or it could even be a sign the dog wants more attention and affection from you. Some people find that the sound of a dog growling with a low pitch is similar to the sound of a cat purring.

It all comes down to the body language. You know, for example, a dog isn’t being aggressive towards you if he shows his belly while low growling at you. Some dogs may also low growl when you play with them. Tug of wars, for example, is one instance when your dog could be play growling.

2. Low growling as a sign of warning

Low growling is a sign of warning. This is likely if you see other signs of warning, such as a stiff body stance and a raised tail. This can happen when a dog is anxious or if your dog is known for resource-guarding behaviors. For example, a dog may low growl at you if you try to take away something precious to him such as a bone.

Some dog owners have also noticed their dogs only low growling at night. In this case, perhaps your dog is trying to warn you of something. He could also be low growling because he is associating the darkness with a prior event that was traumatic or stressful to him.

3. Low growling as a sign of discomfort

Your dog could be sick. An underlying health problem could be causing a lot of discomfort and pain. Low growling could be one way the dog is expressing the discomfort.

Disclaimer: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a veterinarian when in doubt.


  • Rosemarie Tocci | 20/03/2022

    Thank you. I never had a dog so I’m naive to growls because I pet and love them 24/7. Again, thank you.

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