Why did my dog growl at a child?

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It's very common for dog owners to punish their dogs for growling.

Unfortunately, this often suppresses the growl—eliminating his ability to warn us that he's about to snap, literally and figuratively.

On other occasions, punishing a growling, uncomfortable dog can induce him to escalate into full-on aggression.

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It's very common for dog owners to punish their dogs for growling.

Unfortunately, this often suppresses the growl—eliminating his ability to warn us that he's about to snap, literally and figuratively.

On other occasions, punishing a growling, uncomfortable dog can induce him to escalate into full-on aggression.

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Visit our Why Dogs Bite page for more about why your dog might growl or bite.

Teach your kids to back off and report it to you if the dog growls.

The same goes for adults.

This requires behavior modification training so that the dog no longer feels anxious or threatened and so does not feel the need to growl.

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Visit our Why Dogs Bite page for more about why your dog might growl or bite.

Teach your kids to back off and report it to you if the dog growls.

The same goes for adults.

This requires behavior modification training so that the dog no longer feels anxious or threatened and so does not feel the need to growl.

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Yes, if you back off the dog will know that growling works to get him out of an uncomfortable situation.

The kids need to learn to avoid the behavior that causes growling until the dog is trained (and possibly afterward as well).

The adults need to teach the dog to enjoy whatever situations cause him to growl.

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Huskies can often growl when they are having fun. When playing with other dogs they will often growl if they're exited. Another common growling scenario here is when playing tug of war.
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Growling and snarling in small puppies is loud, and ferocious.

If this is your first puppy, you are likely to be very concerned.

But the good news is, in puppies, Growling is not normally a sign of aggression.

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The English bulldog has a sweet, gentle disposition. Dependable and predictable, the bulldog is a wonderful family pet and loving to most children… Although they generally get along well with other family pets, English bulldogs can be aggressive to unfamiliar dogs.
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