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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.
In fact the growl is only one part of a chain of behaviours that your dog will display to show us he is uncomfortable. Before the growl, there will be turning away, muscular tension, yawning, lip licking, wide eyes. After the growl, there will be snarling, air snapping and eventually a bite should the dog think his earlier signals have been ignored. If they are persistently ignored, he may by-pass the early signals, as us stupid humans pay no attention, and go straight to the bite. So ignoring the early signals is like taking the battery out of a smoke alarm. This chart (perhaps better named as ladder of anxiety than of aggression) illustrates it nicely.

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