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05-23-2014 04:02 PM
TwoBigEars As others have said, it could be a happy vocalization/growl, but we can't decide which it is over the internet. I will say that this reminds me a lot of my own dog Ryker who does have aggression issues. He can be greeting and happy one second, then the next second he's growling aggressively. It's a quick change. He is a very vocal dog, and there are clear differences between happy sounds and aggressive sounds.

I'd recommend getting with a trainer or behaviorist who can sort this out for you in person.
05-23-2014 03:45 PM
BowWowMeow I agree with the advice to keep comings and goings low key. My dog is trained to get a toy when I come home and I only greet him after he's calmed down.

Also, as others have said, the growl may be a normal vocalization but your extreme reaction is going to create a problem for him because it sounds like you are the one acting erratically and he now has no idea what to expect from you when you come home. From his perspective: Will you be happy to see him or will you grab him, shove him to the ground, yell at him and lock him back up?

And finally, you mentioned something about him smelling your chest? Could you possibly have a health problem or perhaps smell differently in some way?
05-23-2014 03:37 PM
ApselBear I think vickip has some good ideas about you changing something, even it is small. I also kind of think all the growl doesn't mean aggression comments are probably not far off either. But it wouldn't hurt to consider maybe letting a dog behaviorist/trainer witness the growling to get a good idea what is happening. You could also record the interaction with him and share it on here to get some better opinions.

Hoping for the best!
05-23-2014 03:32 PM
Amrit
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Originally Posted by middleofnowhere View Post
OK OK to the OP -- go re read the posts that said - dogs growl. It's how they talk. I'm used to a lot of RRRR when we play, when my dogs are ramped, when they're excited. There's growling and then there's a low crouched growl that is "I'm gonna take your butt outa here." It's way different. I think you have the growling in excitement junk going on. If it had been the "take you outta here" junk, you'd have some serious lacerations...


Stop scruffing your dog. Re read the posts that offer a lot of alternatives.

Here's one I haven't seen mentioned... issue a command for a different activity. Like down or sit or go ....
The scruff thing was just a reflex. It was the shock that made me do it. I would of thought thats how their mother did it when they are bad...
plus it was the best way for me to get a grip.
05-23-2014 03:23 PM
middleofnowhere OK OK to the OP -- go re read the posts that said - dogs growl. It's how they talk. I'm used to a lot of RRRR when we play, when my dogs are ramped, when they're excited. There's growling and then there's a low crouched growl that is "I'm gonna take your butt outa here." It's way different. I think you have the growling in excitement junk going on. If it had been the "take you outta here" junk, you'd have some serious lacerations...


Stop scruffing your dog. Re read the posts that offer a lot of alternatives.

Here's one I haven't seen mentioned... issue a command for a different activity. Like down or sit or go ....
05-23-2014 03:03 PM
LaRen616 Draven growls at me all the time. At first I didn't know what to think and I wondered if we had a problem, nope, he wags his tail while he growls, he leans against me and kisses my face while he growls. It's just his way of talking to me.
05-23-2014 02:47 PM
Amrit Yeah i understood that the whole kissing his face and letting him jump on me is what lower members of the pack do...but I assumed wrong and thought he would realise that's not the case....guess its hardwired into him.

I'm getting the family together (hes with my mum dad and sister we all live together) to go through NILF again.

I never knew having energy could of caused him to growl. I assumed it would be just running around crazy and not listening rather than growling.

With play time and wrestling he does charge and skids as he comes close. But never before a growl.
05-23-2014 02:44 PM
Shade I agree you have to look at the tone and body language, not just the growl itself. Jazzy growls in play all the time but her tail is wagging and usually she's in a play bow, so it's obvious that it's not aggression but just a way of communicating and luring me into playing with her.

I have yet to see Delgado growl at a human but he will bark when frustrated or excited. Again, it's done in a playful stance while hopping around
05-23-2014 02:30 PM
Sunflowers Yes. I have had Hans growl when very excited. Growling can mean many things.
05-23-2014 02:24 PM
mego mine growls sometimes when she's about to initiate a play session. She'll stand dead still on the other side of the room and stare at me while giving off a low growl, if I make a sudden move towards her that's usually when she smacks her paws into the play bow and takes off doing zoomies.

Idk though, I'd stop smushing him to the floor though by the scruff when he does something wrong. If I grab mine's scruff when she's excited she likes to get mouthy and try to wrestle with me, but I let her be like that with me.
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