In order to help train your dog to stop growling at anything or everyone it’s important to understand why they are growling to begin with. There can be many reasons for this but the most prominent is the fact that they feel threatened. These tips will help you learn how to make them feel less threatened and also make them feel much better and less stressful too.
Never Punish a Dog for Growling
Since growling is basically the dog telling someone or something that they feel threatened it’s best to not punish them for growling. By punishing them for growling you may stop them from growling however you’re not stopping the reason why they feel threatened and once they pass the point where they think they must react they will. If you punished them for growling this could mean they will attack or snap at someone without any warning what-so-ever.
Explain to Others Why the Dog is growling
Other members in your family can have a huge effect on how a dog acts. For instance, the dog may feel threatened when a particular person is in the room. If so you’ll need to better associate that person with the dog so they don’t feel threatened. Other problems may be children’s toys or games. It’s best to help the dog understand that they shouldn’t feel threatened by these items by slowly engaging them with the items.
Try to Get on the Dogs Eye Level
Consider yourself as a small dog with a huge human coming towards you. Would you feel threatened in any way? Of course you would. It’s best to try and squat down to bring yourself lower so that the dog doesn’t consider you a threat. Often extending your hand palm up and speaking in a soft calm voice can help as well.
Let Them Eat in Peace
For a dog there aren’t much daily activities that they must do. Eating however is part of their survival instinct. To them, the bowl of food is their bank account and all their possessions in the world. They are going to be extremely possessive of the food and will likely growl when anyone gets close. This can be problematic if there are other dogs in the home. But you can use different food trays for each dog to help with this problem.
I hope these tips help you better understand your pet and the main cause of the growling. Remember the next step after they are growling is they could bite or snap at someone so it’s best to understand why they feel threatened and remove that from their surroundings. Then you can truly enjoy your pet.