Bark vs Growl
I was thinking about my dog last night and I realized that I have heard him growl only VERY rarely! He is a male GSD 5+ yo and has had a history of a little DA toward certain aggressive male dogs and sometimes has reacted very suspiciously toward a very few individuals. He is usually very friendly to both dogs and people.
My question is this - has anyone seen much information between a dog growling or a dog barking at something? I.E. is there much of a difference identified in what the doggy language means?
About the only time that I have heard my guy do much if any growling was during a session with a pro trainer when we were attempting to teach him that he had to be able to co-exist with another male GSD in our small social group. A very impressive series of ferocious sounding growls came out of him when he was made to down!
Only other growls I have ever heard from him have been one or two maybe mixed in with barking at something he might consider a threat (hard to tell if these were really growls however).
Just interested in what a growl vs a bark might mean in doggy language?
Now I do realize that there are a variety of different barks that dogs (mine too) will do - from the excited "Whoof" = I want to go out!" to the staccato deep Big Boy bark that is a warning to those targeted by it (i.e. the one toward the ScH helper).