Growling Behavior in Dogs

Hagar Hauser, DVM, DACVB, Metropolitan Veterinary Associates, Norristown, Pennsylvania

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Interpreting body language is key to reducing fear, anxiety, and stress in dogs. Growling is typically used as an early warning sign and a distance-increasing request.1,2 Understanding the motivation behind growling can help minimize escalation of aggression and improve the human–animal bond.

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