When he sees another dog out walking, he is initially very excited and will wag his tail and pull (not too hard) on the leash as if he wants to go over and say hello. Pleasure Growling. Your dog might growl while you’re playing tug-o-war with her. For example, a dog may growl at people he doesn't know because they scare him or because they have entered his property or because he has a bone. Just as dogs may growl when they’re having fun, they may also growl in pleasure. Some people think it's a threat, but … Dogs may not purr like cats when they experience pleasure, but they can sometimes make a strange purr-like growl noise. These growls are certainly telling the other dog … Dogs can engage in the following: New dog owners often misinterpret this for aggression, but sometimes your dog just has a lot of energy to burn.. Determining when dog sounds are communicating pleasure, pain, excitement, or anger is something owners can easily accomplish. In canine ethology - the science that studies the natural behaviour of dogs - growling is considered to be a natural form of vocal expression, one that forms a part of dog language, and that can be associated with different emotional states: pleasure, fear, excitement etc. So, recognizing these differences as well understanding the context for your dog’s vocal warning means that you can respond appropriately to his message. Pleasure Growling. Dogs growl for many reasons. He is a perfect dog in almost every way apart from one. This can be typically a coffee growl with loose visual communication that house owners tend to assume feels like the dog is attempting to speak. Pleasure Growling: Some dogs will growl affectionately, when being petted, for example. Guarding growls were obtained in a situation where dogs were given some food in a bowl and then another dog approached. If aggressive growling is a problem, it may be time to consult with a qualified dog behaviorist. Talkative dog breeds like the Siberian husky, beagle, and Shetland Shepherd are known for their playful growls and happy noises. I have had the pleasure of sharing my house with our 8 year old Lab x Collie rescue dog Beau for over three months now. Some dogs start growling every time their owners walk through the door because they know they’re about to get attention. Some growls are harmless. Similar to the play growl, a pleasure growl is completely harmless. Pleasure growling — Some dogs will growl affectionately when they are being petted or as a request for attention. They may also growl as a request for attention. Dogs will also growl for many different reasons – from playful enthusiasm and mealtime pleasure to downright fear – and there will be differences in the growling sound, its pitch and volume. They’re anticipating head scratches and belly rubs, and the growl is by no means threatening. #2 – Pleasure-Seeking Growl. 2). 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