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is GOOD! ;)

this comes up often here on the forum, usually with a tone of panic in the post and a title such as: "my dog growled what do i do!?!"

the question is then followed by a somewhat panicked and defensive explanation of the "incident" while most members reply with a similar "growling is a warning, not a bad thing" i thought it would be helpful if folks could be referred to what the experts have to say:
Why Growling is Good | Wilde About Dogs
Growling is meant to avert aggression, not cause it.
"That dog just growled at me!" Putting growling into perspective | NJ.com
Dr. Ian Dunbar, author of “BEFORE,” and “AFTER You Get Your New Puppy” owner of SIRIUS® Dog Training and founder of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers often shares his story of the day he went to his local animal shelter to get a new dog. He chose one that workers said was unfriendly. He met the dog and it seemed friendly enough but when he reached for its collar the dog snarled and lunged to bite him. His response was “what a great dog! I’ll take him!”
(i am not encouraging anyone to go out and adopt the first dog that growls at them ;) just using this quote, as dr dunbar does, to illustrate a point)

Understanding Dog Growling and Dog Language - Whole Dog Journal Article
Of course, we don’t want our dog to growl at us, but neither do we want him to fail to growl if something makes him uncomfortable; that’s very important information in a successful canine-human relationship.
The Gift of Growl
My clients always appear a bit stunned at first when I tell them their dog’s growl is a
good thing. In fact, a growl is something to be greatly treasured.
Growling at the Kids
If your child cannot follow directions and/or has got into the habit of being rough with the dog, then the dog and child should be separated until the child has learned to treat the dog with kindness and respect.
A great illustration for growling by a RGer:
http://markandreward.com/portfolio-items/your-choice-poster



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