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Teaching dog to growl, can you do it? And is it a good idea?

I've often thought that I would like to teach Stark to growl. I know when he is full grown he will be a deterent to most wierdos and possible troublemakers. I want him to be well- trained, and I assume when he matures he will start getting some protective instincts and sense when I fell uncomfortable or threatened. And, he may growl at someone when he senses me being uncomfortable. And, even though I want a well behaved dog who doesnt react aggressively I dont want someone who may be a threat to know that. I was thinking I would like to train him to growl when I use a keyword like "easy" and I would say something like "take it easy" and act like I was legitimately trying to make him be calm and then he would growl, making it seem that I cannot control his behavior to someone who may be a threat. Obviously I cant use "easy" because I use that word for other things and I dont want him growling all the time, but you get the idea. I was just wondering, is this a good idea? And, how can I teach him to growl? And, if I did teach him to growl on command would that trigger aggressive feelings/behaviors when I command him to growl? I dont live in a bad neighborhood, nor do I plan to really ever use this command, but you never know when a crazed marketer comes to the door trying to sell you something when youre a 5'5'' 130 lb. girl all alone at home and something doesnt feel right.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-14-2012, 09:00 PM
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If this wolf hybrid can safely do it, I don't see why not. Barking is just as effective, if not more, why not use a bark?

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jae I was going to post the same video

I've taught my husky to bark. I've tried to teach him to growl but all I get out of him is a funny wooowooowooo...I've no idea where to start for a growl...
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I taught Koda to use a deep bark/growl mixture on command (she DOES have a vocal command but I usually use a hand signal), and it has had no negative effects on her behavior (:

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If you try to teach object guarding you might end up with this dog!

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I taught my first shepherd 21 years ago to growl. I don't remember how, LOL, but it was quite impressive. He had absolutely NO issues with it, and it was a fun trick. It never caused any problems, and I never had to "use" it, because the two or three times I would've, he acted appropriately on his own.

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I'd like to teach my dog to growl on command, but the only time he does it is when he's told to be quiet when he's gotten a few barks in at the window. Then he'll either do the puff thing or a growl. I don't want to encourage the growl in this instance, because I prefer the puff. Otherwise, he never growls, not even with the tug. I can't think of how to get him to growl in a situation that I want to encourage, because I think he'll associate the praising with what he's doing, not with the sound he's making.
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My Annie never growled, but she had an awesome big, "I mean business bark." She loved to bark at the window, so I encouraged this and taught her to bark on command. The command was, "Who is it?" She would go ballistic. I would say, "Good girl! Enough!" and she would stop.
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That could be interesting. I was watching some videos today of dogs "talking" and thought I might try it. But maybe growling would be more useful.
I have taught Stella to "whisper".

Anyone teach their dog to stick out their tongue?
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I don't know if you could train a dog to growl, specifically, but you can certainly teach him to bark/alert on command.

When I was young, I spent a lot of time walking/biking alone with my dog. If ever I saw a sketchy looking character out in the middle of nowhere, I would call my dog close to me, grab her collar, and say "be nice" in a somewhat stern voice.

My dog was not trained to bark, or growl, much less bite anyone--she was a pretty benign creature with people, but the sketchy people didn't know that! They just saw a young woman with a big GSDx that apparently had to be held back in the presence of strangers, lest she go off like a loose cannon.

It must have worked, because I was never threatened, accosted or hurt by anyone when she was with me.
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