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Barking, Growling, and Staring,.....

I often associate these behaviors with drives and communication, are they useful tools in training or work?
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Does it matter at what? Like, appropriately (as in an approaching threat), or inappropriately (as in someone merely walking on the other side of the street)? I don't know the answer, just an interesting topic to me and what my dog does..so I will be following.

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I think it depends whether the dog is socialized, trained and of stable temperament. If it involves other breeds it may be the wiring.
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I often associate these behaviors with drives and communication, are they useful tools in training or work?
I'd look at them as useful, if nothing else it shows you that you have something to work with. Attentive,alert, determined, a little possessive and showing that little bit of fight with the growling maybe. Combined with overall confidence, you'd be in good shape to get started with some things.
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I often associate these behaviors with drives and communication, are they useful tools in training or work?
I think they could be.What a great question!I can usually understand what my dogs are feeling by the tone of their barks,growls,and posture.Excitement,agitation,or 'that looks interesting'.

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I often associate these behaviors with drives and communication, are they useful tools in training or work?
I believe these communication behaviors are very important, especially when establishing engagement with a dog. How can you teach a behavior without the dog's attention? When shaping engagement behaviors or gauging a dog's natural handler attentiveness I look for pushy behavior(barking, jumping, eye contact), with my current dogs, when they're really into the game we're playing they will growl. I'm still new to GSDs, but these are behaviors I like to see.
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Griff at thirteen weeks growls when eating chicken backs. It startled me the first time but it was not directed towards me or Deja. He is consistent in this. Today he started digging in a shallow creek, pulling out clumps of reeds, sticking his snout in the water etc. and growled as well. For me this means excitement. He is my first dog ever to do this. It is very amuzing.
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Griff at thirteen weeks growls when eating chicken backs. It startled me the first time but it was not directed towards me or Deja. He is consistent in this. Today he started digging in a shallow creek, pulling out clumps of reeds, sticking his snout in the water etc. and growled as well. For me this means excitement. He is my first dog ever to do this. It is very amuzing.
I've heard this too. Excitement, intensity, and at times I really really want whatever it is they're after. It’s all communication

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I personally like to see a strong authoritative bark in my dogs. Though the bark may vary according to what prompts the barking, I think strong barking is part of the breed when balanced in drives. I like growling as a way of communication when the dog alerts to something unknown especially at night, and when the dog is sometimes in active aggression. I like staring and intensity of staring as long as the dog won’t lock into this behavior so as to not be responsive to me in training.
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Useful both in training and home life.

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