As dog owners we should become very good at reading how well our dog is feeling, simply by observing their behaviors.
Sometimes we miss the mark, and start to play with our dog resulting in an unexpected growl as a warning to leave them alone, as now is not the time for rough-housing.
This is the time we must step back and examine the dog for injuries or illness. It is possible the dog has become injured either while playing or in a fight with another dog. If he or she has been hit by a car the signs will normally be very obvious as will the signs present after a dog fight. Call the vet immediately, and carefully transport the dog to the vet clinic for an examination if any of these three causes are what is making the dog growl at family members.
Then there are what I refer to as the feisty breeds that are very intolerant of little kids and other dogs. These dogs will growl as a warning to be left alone. They feel threatened by the laughter and boisterous play of children, plus they do not like the kid’s hogging all the attention. Sounds silly but this is very true of some dogs. Normally, at least in my experience, this is not such an issue with large breeds but can be very common behavior from the smaller breeds of dogs.
When you come across a growling dog, go easy. They are simply communicating with you and it might be an indication they need help.
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