Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
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.