• What to Do About a Growling Husky Puppy

    Is your puppy growing when you pet him? How about when he’s eating or biting his chew bone? If your husky puppy is younger than 12 months of age growling could simply mean that he or she wants to play. Also, if your puppy isn’t comfortable with being petted you might want to make it a routine and give your puppy lots of praise and reward after a good petting session.

    If your husky is over the age of 12 months then growling could mean signs of aggression or dominance. Your husky dog may be protective of his food bowl, chew toys, and property.

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    1. little_killer_bunny_rabbit
      Oct 14th
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      It’s a dog. Dog’s are protective of their food. It’s nature. Why people think dogs should act like humans, i’ll never know

    2. louann w
      Oct 14th
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      i have alway’s been told that you never want to walk up to a dog that is eatting cause they may bit you

    3. Selnyk
      Oct 14th
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      My puppy tries to growl sometimes too. He’s 2 1/2 months old. I take his toy away or whatever and tell him no. Pet him a little bit and if he doesn’t growl or try and nip at you then say good boy(girl) and give them the toy back. Then try petting them again while they’re chewing/eating or whatever. If they still growl, take it away and do it again. They’ll learn eventually. I wouldn’t put up with it though or it’ll escalate into something worse.

    4. Miss Smartypants
      Oct 14th
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      Puppies,just like little children,learn as they grow. The growling may be a sign that the dog is scared or doesn’t understand what is going or what it sees. First find out why they are growling and then you will see why they are doing it.
      Example: if puppy sees an unfamiliar object or hears a strange noise they may growl. So show it what it sees or hears.

    5. Huey from Ohio
      Oct 14th
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      Dogs especially puppies can growl for reasons other than aggression. It is also possible that whatever you were doing appeared frightening to your dog, if that was the case your dog may have appeared apologetic after recognizing you. If this was a one time incident I would leave it alone.

    6. Tigger
      Oct 14th
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      Sometimes the puppy is growling because she wants to play. But she will have to be taught that challenging your authority is not acceptable.

    7. Julie A
      Oct 14th
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      You will need time to get to know your pup. They have defensive growls, but dog also have playful growls, happy growls and excitement growls. But, I would start giving her food or treats or toys and then take it away. If she snarls or snaps at you then, she is being possessive of the item, and this is a huge no no. She can not bite the hand that feeds her. I foster dogs for a rescue group, and I get many dogs that are food agressive, so it’s simple, they only get to eat out of my hand until they get over it. Again, it will be getting to know your own dogs sounds and reactions. You have to remember, you are the boss, the pack leader and you can take anything away from her that you want at any time. You want to really work wiht her on this, as you wouldn’t want her to snap at a child that might try to take something away from her.

    8. Luna's Mama
      Nov 18th
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      All puppies and dogs growl, it is part of their nature. My Husky is little over one year old and she growls or talks. When she wants to go outside and play in the snow, she has a certain growl, when she wants to play rough with my husband she ahs another growl and so forth. Being active and actually listening to your puppy you will learn that they talk through their growls. Soon you will be able to tell the difference and know when a growl is good or when you should be cautious. Huskies are very gentle so if your dog growls and bites you, dont get made at the dog, get mad at yourself for putting your pup in a situation that forced them to bite.

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